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    Polished and brushed XTR Cranks

    This is how I spent my first Father's Day as a Father. 7 Hours it took me and I will never do it again. They first had to be hand sanded with 150 grit to get the paint off, then they had to be sanded to get all of the imperfections out. I brought them up to a high polish using Mothers Mag and then brushed finished them with scotchbrite to match my frame.
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    are they raw now? won't you need some coating? IIRC, most silver components are clear anodized or something these days.

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    Looking good 1strongone1!

    It’s quite likely that they were anodized cranks? If so, oven cleaner or something with lye (nasty stuff) in it would have made the job a lot quicker for you!

    I dig the brushed finish though!

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    ??

    What? I don't get it..... 7 hours to ruin the finish on XTR cranks so they look like every other brushed aluminum product.....personally I don't find them any better looking at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Low_Rider
    Looking good 1strongone1!

    Its quite likely that they were anodized cranks? If so, oven cleaner or something with lye (nasty stuff) in it would have made the job a lot quicker for you!

    I dig the brushed finish though!

    Dave.
    I thought the same, but I did my homework before hand and they are painted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadiegonebad
    are they raw now? won't you need some coating? IIRC, most silver components are clear anodized or something these days.
    Thats the nice part about a brushed finish. A couple seconds with the scotch brite pad and they are as good as new.
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    The XTR finish on these earlier XTR cranks is nothing special to start with, and quickly wears.

    At least it's something different, a little unique.

    Dave.

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    I think they look fresh. I think I want to do the same to my hollowtech II LX's but I don't know if I really want to take the time.

    Did you do all of the sanding by hand or did you a dremel or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakob
    I think they look fresh. I think I want to do the same to my hollowtech II LX's but I don't know if I really want to take the time.

    Did you do all of the sanding by hand or did you a dremel or something?
    All by hand. I was worried that a dremel might dig in to deep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Low_Rider
    The XTR finish on these earlier XTR cranks is nothing special to start with, and quickly wears.

    At least it's something different, a little unique.

    Dave.
    That is exactly why I did them and now they also match the finish on my bike.
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    Those look very familiar!

    I did the same thing a couple of weeks back, although I used a buffing wheel at work to make it go a lot quicker! I was also lazy and did not do the back of the arms. Those arms were originally painted, and quickly had deep shoe rub marks that make them look like crap. The brushed finish looks much nicer, especially with the Boone ring! Anyway, nice work.
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    I have a couple questions about doing this to my crankset...
    1. Anyone know if LX Hollowtechs are painted or anodized?
    2. Anyone know how to get the spider off a set of LX cranks?

    I want mine high polish to match my ENO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeny
    I did the same thing a couple of weeks back, although I used a buffing wheel at work to make it go a lot quicker! I was also lazy and did not do the back of the arms. Those arms were originally painted, and quickly had deep shoe rub marks that make them look like crap. The brushed finish looks much nicer, especially with the Boone ring! Anyway, nice work.
    Nice work, I wish I had taken an easier route.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jakob
    I have a couple questions about doing this to my crankset...
    1. Anyone know if LX Hollowtechs are painted or anodized?
    2. Anyone know how to get the spider off a set of LX cranks?

    I want mine high polish to match my ENO!
    I am about 95% sure that you can't remove the spider on an LX, but I left a 5% fudge in case I am wrong.
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    Finished Pics for the critic that didn't like them.
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    Woah! That bike looks fantastic. Saddle a little too minimalistic for my backside, but for looks it can't be beat. I think the crank finish is perfect for your bike. That's a pretty spiffy chain you're running - what izzit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangeruss
    Woah! That bike looks fantastic. Saddle a little too minimalistic for my backside, but for looks it can't be beat. I think the crank finish is perfect for your bike. That's a pretty spiffy chain you're running - what izzit?
    Thanks. It is a Wippermann Connex 908, black plated.
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    here is mine..

    it took a few hours after work. they looked the best before i rode them now they are all scuffed up. oh well, i ride the bike, not just look at it.

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    what type of bashguard is that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangeruss
    Woah! That bike looks fantastic. Saddle a little too minimalistic for my backside, but for looks it can't be beat. I think the crank finish is perfect for your bike. That's a pretty spiffy chain you're running - what izzit?
    Agreed That bike looks so perfect, it just flows.

    Truly a wealth of useless information.


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    Oh my freeking God.....

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    very nice. what does she weigh, if you don't mind me asking? =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by salimoneus
    very nice. what does she weigh, if you don't mind me asking? =)
    Thanks everyone for the props.

    The bike weighs just a hair over 17 pounds.
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    from my work

    we made them at our work, laser cut stainless steel. we can engrave anything on it that you would like. mine has the shop logo, " One [email protected] Speed" and the bolt pattern. give me a email back if you would like some, just let us know the bolt pattern and how may holes. its not really a bash guard but more of a chain guide.


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    One word...just one word....ELEGANT.
    I am immune to your disdain.

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    By the way, couldn't you have used a paint remover and polish? Why the sandpaper?
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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfab25
    By the way, couldn't you have used a paint remover and polish? Why the sandpaper?
    The finish under the paint is very poor. The cranks have lots of imperfections that can only be sanded out. If you didn't sand them, you would have a bunch of indented lines that wouldn't polish up. I actually tried paint remover on the second arm, after the time it took on the first and it didn't save any time at all.
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    how on earth do you remove these cranks from the BB (i am hoping to do the same thing to my shoe-rubbed 950 cranks)

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexb618
    how on earth do you remove these cranks from the BB (i am hoping to do the same thing to my shoe-rubbed 950 cranks)
    They should have self extracing bolts, if not don't use an ISIS tool because it will wreck your cranks. Get a shimano crank extractor tool.
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    had to improvise in the crank removal with a 4 inch steel rod (dont ask) but all good now

    cranks are 1/2 stripped and should be finished sometime this week - will post pics of the finished product at that time

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    Nice job on the cranks. I'm planning to take the paint off of mine, but want to anodize them black afterwards.

    What kind of chain are you running?

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    WHOA! Those cranks you guys modified look great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1strongone1
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    WOW, that is one of the prettiest ss rig I ever seen! Well done!

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    man that is sweet
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1strongone1
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    Quote Originally Posted by collideous
    Nice job on the cranks. I'm planning to take the paint off of mine, but want to anodize them black afterwards.

    What kind of chain are you running?
    Wippermann connex 908 black plated chain.
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    trying to remove the paint from the lip next to the crank extraction thread is... 'inteesting'

    might be time to pay a professional

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    Quote Originally Posted by Low_Rider
    The XTR finish on these earlier XTR cranks is nothing special to start with, and quickly wears.

    At least it's something different, a little unique.

    Dave.
    Yes good point. Aesthetically these cranks were nothing special. It was a greyish green colour - I think the polished look is great. I loved my old XTR cranks they were great - wish I had of thought of polishing mine!
    Trev!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1strongone1
    Wippermann connex 908 black plated chain.
    Thanks. Just googled it. They make the thing in blue, red, black and more. How's the color holding up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexb618
    trying to remove the paint from the lip next to the crank extraction thread is... 'inteesting'

    might be time to pay a professional
    You can pull the extractor bolts out to ease the process. Been there done that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivet
    You can pull the extractor bolts out to ease the process. Been there done that.
    A spanner wrench will help getting them out without damaging the aluminum extractor sleeves.


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    Quote Originally Posted by collideous
    Thanks. Just googled it. They make the thing in blue, red, black and more. How's the color holding up?
    It actually holds up really well. In a couple of spots it is chipping, but in a very small area.
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    sweet!!!
    I did the exact same thing to my new style XTRs
    Ill try to get some pics up... But they look really clean!!!
    jesus rides a fixed gear.

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    Art

    That Black Sheep is a work of art. I'd have a hard time riding that one like I hate it.

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    So, I started working on mine. Man, Jasco Paint Remover is some killer stuff. You paint it onto the cranks with a brush, and then you just watch. Holy cow, the paint just blisters off within minutes. Only thing that sucks is that I had to buy a freaking canister large enough to strip the paint of a whole car. Anyone need paint remover?

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    I just sandblasted mine a few weeks ago and plan on polishing to a smooth finish.
    the media in the blast cabinet was so fine that it left the little burs around the stamped letters and numbers in the back. and it only took about three minutes per arm.

    Does anyone know where I can get a single speed spider or chainring for the m952 cranks? I really like the boone, But I'm cheap and would prefer something a bit less expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pritchett
    Does anyone know where I can get a single speed spider or chainring for the m952 cranks? I really like the boone, But I'm cheap and would prefer something a bit less expensive.
    Spot makes a spiderless chainring for XTR cranks. They're quite frequently sold on Ebay.

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    Thanks!

    I can't find it on ebay right now and I can't find it at any of the online retailers that I know of.

    Anyone now where I can get one of these and what they cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pritchett
    Thanks!

    I can't find it on ebay right now and I can't find it at any of the online retailers that I know of.

    Anyone now where I can get one of these and what they cost?
    What size are you looking for? I have a lightly used 34T which I currently don't use. Spot Brand wants $105 for a new one, see Google's cache. I've seen them for less on Ebay.

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    $105?!

    What do the boone rings go for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pritchett
    $105?!

    What do the boone rings go for?
    Boone's chainring is $105 as well. Spot's price seems a bit steep for an aluminum chainring. I've seen new ones on Ebay for about $55.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traktor
    That Black Sheep is a work of art. I'd have a hard time riding that one like I hate it.

    i ride with the guy on a regular basis. honestly, it's perfect and he rides well enough to back it up. no, it doesn't get ridden in the mud but its hard to blame him. its nice to have a big enough ss group in the area to see some different stuff on the trails.

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    just to update the thread, M950 crankarms have some sort of black anodizing (i think?) under the grey paint which does not come off with paint stripper

    time to get them into the blasting cabinet

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    stripped the paint then blasted the anodizing (?) off - rubbed up with scotch brite and they look a lot nicer than the photo suggests (camera phone)

    link to pic

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    I love the look of that bike!

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    beautiful crank........ SEXY Black Sheep!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mud'n'sweat
    beautiful crank........ SEXY Black Sheep!

    Thanks.
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