Make My Pipe Chrome Again, Please!
June 5, 2008 8:24 PM Subscribe
This evening I bought a vintage 1982 Yamaha XS400RJ SECA motorcycle with under 2600 miles on it. One of the two chrome exhaust pipes is discolored from overheating somewhere along the line. Can I make it silver and shiny again? It's pristine otherwise and runs like a top.
posted by imjustsaying to Travel & Transportation (3 answers total)
This marked the first time in 32 years I've ridden a bike, and I'm kind of proud of the fact that I managed to test ride it with dropping it, missing a shift, or otherwise making an ass out of myself.
In its past life, one of the cylinders obviously got really hot and the whole pipe is discolored. Since the motorcycle runs so well, and from discussions with the current owner (who rebuilt the engine), I'm inclined to believe that whatever caused this problem has been fixed and is no longer an issue.
There's the normal bluing where the pipe exits the cylinder head, which evolves into a an amberish, burned looking tone pretty much from that point to the end of the muffler.
In other words, I think my only problem is cosmetic.
How can I make this pipe look as good as the other one?
Bonus quetsion: I paid $1750, which is well over blue book, but it has a new battery, new tires, new brake job, and except for the pipe thing is a real cherry.
Did I do OK?