Cleaning the engine, transmission and final drive

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I found that brass brushes in a Dremel worked really well. I used a tiny bit of Simichrome on a few of the more resistant spots, but mostly the brushes (in various shapes) did the job themselves. It's still a slow process, but easy.
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I like the idea of the Dremel tool with a brass brush. Sadly, I have never invested in one, may be time to break open the wallet.

I found a combination of degreaser, scrubbing, and Aluminum cleaner worked well enough.

Boy what a mess I made with the soda blasting idea, LOL, I won't ever do that again unless I am tearing down to bare parts. St.
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Shout fabric cleaner is a great cleaner. Lifts dirt grease and grime and does not hurt aluminum or paint. Plus is your bike smells fresh.
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Although its a late response I found that aluminum mag wheel cleaner with scotchbrite pads will get most of the old grime off. You will need to let it sit for a bit to work and if it starts to dry just spray with water before a good scrub. Stiff bristle nylon brushes for the tight spots. I did this with my r90/6 and it came out good without looking too new like a vapor blast. I used a citrus engine degreaser before the wheel cleaner. This will also work with aluminum wheels and hubs...

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Never too late for a good tip, thanks for sharing all. St.
Owner of a 84, R80RT and 78, R100RS

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