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07-09-2007, 18:12
What do you use to clean aluminum alloy rims on your bike. As a reference my bike is a Kawasaki ZZR 600, Mine is chain driven and has a grease buildup on it? I was thinking of using kerosene on a rag to break through it but didn't want to damage the rims? A buddy mentioned Simple Green to use to cut the crud? I talked with someone else that said S-100 soap with a toilet brush would work? So what do you use? Also I have a chrome pipe and then a brushed aluminum for a muffler? What to use for that as well? Thanks Esox357.

07-09-2007, 20:09
WD-40 on a rag, then follow up with warm soapy water and rinse.

07-09-2007, 20:11
Castrol Super Clean, diluted per instructions and follow up with some Mothers or the like..

07-09-2007, 20:50
wheel oil removal: rubbing alcohol IPA,or zippo fluid,or charcoal lighter fluid, (or mineral spirits my fav)

on pipe s-100 and a good sponge easy

wd-40 is a good choice also then use windex or equiv to finish

Never Dull cotton wadding will do both wheel and pipe. great stuff

Good Luck and Ride Safe:thumbsup:

Lone Wolff
07-09-2007, 21:52
I use simple green on mine just because I buy it by the gallon, so I've got plenty of it, cheap.

Use a 50/50 mix with water, still plenty strong enough to cut the brake dust/chain wax/road grime mixture.

07-09-2007, 22:04
Thanks guys for the help. Esox357.

07-10-2007, 09:00
Stop off at your Honda dealer and pick up some Hondabrite. I just tried it for the first time and was greatly impressed. My front wheel was really looking skuzzy and the grime was coming off before I had a chance to rinse the stuff off. Just spray on and rinse off. Itís great for a lazy guy like me.:motorcycle:


07-10-2007, 12:19

I've been using the same gallon jug since I got my bike in 02. I think it cost me about $2.50 back then. It's up to about $5 a gallon now.

I get a shop towel and soak it, then rub down and rinse. Also works well with a toothbrush dipped in a cup full of it.

I use it on:


Pretty much everything except the hoses and wiring.

Rinses off easily and seems to keep the bike cleaner between washes.

07-10-2007, 12:22
Originally posted by SBM
Castrol Super Clean, diluted per instructions and follow up with some Mothers or the like..



07-10-2007, 14:29
What year is your ZZR600?

I've got a 2005 Metallic Blue model.


07-10-2007, 15:20
Honda aresol spray polish.

I've used it for over a decade... plus it works well on my two Kawasakis.

07-11-2007, 12:56
Thanks guys for the info, I talked with a guy at the bike shop and he said Kerosene would cause damage to the alloy wheels? But I think he was just trying to sell me some crap?
STMCELROY, I have a 2007 ZZR, its a great bike. Esox357.