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Wheel cleaning.

Whats the best wheel cleaner? I have amazing white wheels but they are dirty and look like crap. I used a clorox wipe just to see and they came out nice but i know they can be better

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I used to use Black Magic Bleche-Wite and a plastic brush on my white rims and all I can say is I don't miss those bad boys! They were on an all white bike, I hated it, I rode too much to keep it clean! at one point I was in the habit of cleaning my bike right after every ride, maybe I need to get back into that

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I used to use Black Magic Bleche-Wite and a plastic brush on my white rims and all I can say is I don't miss those bad boys! They were on an all white bike, I hated it, I rode too much to keep it clean! at one point I was in the habit of cleaning my bike right after every ride, maybe I need to get back into that
Sounds like a harley owner.. lol

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Yup exactly, just no chrome to polish and no oil puddles to be aware of!
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I hear white spray paint does well.

I just used to use WD40 to get all the grime off.
Just be careful not to use something that will remove paint.
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I hear white spray paint does well.

I just used to use WD40 to get all the grime off.
Just be careful not to use something that will remove paint.
I don't have all white. Its a 50/50 mix.. its not a very good pic but it shows some of it.

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I've used aluminum mag wheel cleaner with good results. The brand does not seem to matter.

It removes the brake dust and road grime.

Be careful around any polished stainless pieces. It will remove the tarnish and it will look like hell unless you do the whole piece. I dripped some cleaner on the mufflers of my Z1k and had shiny spots. I did the whole exhaust and it looked great but it went from a gold tone to more silver.
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WD40 or kerosene. I always do my rims with kerosene after I clean my chain.
WD40 actually works great too and leaves a nice shine.

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Wow.. I have never heard of wd40 but that works amazing!

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WD40 works well but will collect dust. The best thing I've found is Lemon Pledge.

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Dust is easier to clean then brake dust.

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WD40 works well but will collect dust. The best thing I've found is Lemon Pledge.
Ding ding ding!!! And leave bike smelling lemon-y fresh!!! Comes in orange now too

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Meguiar's wax wash with a wheel brush or a dedicated mit for wheels.
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WD40 works well but will collect dust. The best thing I've found is Lemon Pledge.
Lemon Pledge works great on helmet visors also.
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Tarminator from Stoner will get it insanely clean, then apply your choice of Pledge to keep it cleaner longer.

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Lemon Pledge works great on helmet visors also.
What doesn't lemon pledge work on as far as our GSXR world goes?!? People use to poke fun at me for using it till they tried it. I have used the "Original Bike Spirits Spray Cleaner and Polish" also with about the same luck. Works good on plastic with a microfiber. You will see me go over the bike multiple times while on this trip because it's so easy!!

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Pledge on the wheels.

This stuff for the rest of the bike: https://www.liveliteintl.com/Categor...rce=sg&prod=sy
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What doesn't lemon pledge work on as far as our GSXR world goes?!? People use to poke fun at me for using it till they tried it. I have used the "Original Bike Spirits Spray Cleaner and Polish" also with about the same luck. Works good on plastic with a microfiber. You will see me go over the bike multiple times while on this trip because it's so easy!!
It's alright, but considering how delicate the OEM paint is, there is no way I'd use it. All it does is leave a residue that makes it look shiny for a very short period of time. Considering how cheap the washes are that have waxes in them, and the tiny surface area of the bike, it doesn't really make sense to use Pledge when you can use something that will actually make it shiny without the residue. Meguiar's also has a Quik Wax and a Quik Detailer that make your car or bike look much better than using Pledge. Optimum No Rise is another great product that requires only a wash mitt and the proper dilution. You don't even have to rinse the bike before or after, though it is recommended if the bike is dirty.

All of these last longer, some may have UV protection elements, they have waxes in them, and they're just better products overall. This isn't the early 2000s, where Pledge was all the rage because full-on cleaning and waxing was a pain.

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The beauty of pledge on the wheels is that it cuts the chain waxes really well and what it leaves behind makes them easier to clean the next time.
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I've been using Sonax to clean my wheels. Does a great job.
Followed by a spay of wheel protect from Auto Glym. This stuff is wonderful as nothing sticks to the wheel after that, makes next cleaning a breeze.

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