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Cleaning Dirty Pipes (Help!)

So my header pipes are a bit dirty looking and I'd like to clean them up a bit. I'd rather try a few things before sending them to get ceramic coated.

Things I've tried:
WD-40
Honda Glass Cleaner
Honda Spray Polish
3 Different Brake/Contact Cleaners
Nevr dull
Paint Stripper

The pipe looks stained to me, but I'm miffed.



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That isn't titanium. And it looks stock to me. Oven cleaner may work (and the stuff where you put it in the oven with heat too).
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Son of a gun... So I've been running around with slip ons this entire time? Hmm... coulda saved myself quite a bit of money and headache this last month.

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My bad, I dunno why I was under the impression that these headers were titanium. Off to the ceramic coaters it goes.

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Not Ti for sure, I am also pretty sure that is not an OEM header as well. See the bung for spring attachment.....OEM does not have that. That is an Akra header no ???? Stainless steel is what it is if that is the case.

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Yeah, when I purchased the bike, the guy said it was an Akra full system. I knew the muffler pieces were titanium so I figured it went the entire length of the pipe... the header pipes have a slight blue tinge to them so I wasn't sure. Thanks for the clarification.

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Definitely aftermarket header...most likely Akra.



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I was going to post a caveat of my limited interpretation of stock. Nice catch DH.

No bad on you Raylee. The forum comes through again like the all seeing oracle.
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I've seen those pipes before. In my garage.
They're Akrapovic stainless.
The mufflers and link pipes are titanium though.
I took a polishing wheel to mine as a test. Looked real pretty until the next time they got hot.
If you want to prevent surface corrosion, you can ceramic coat the head and mid-pipes, both inside and out.

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I was pretty sure I had it pegged. Thanks for the confirmation Sub !!!!

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