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Old 11-05-2019, 07:59 AM
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Scary/tires

I kinda forgot what a nice stock exhaust does to the power curve.
Just thinking of going completely stock and cleaning this fantastic 80 SG to better than it is.

(1) Is there a chemical wash for the wheels that's easier/faster than what I've been doing ? What do you guys with the collectors bikes use to get started and then finnish up ?

(2) What are the appropriate tires to make stock, is it the Dunlop 404s ?
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Old 11-05-2019, 10:36 AM
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Hi Done,
Tires were more likely a Bridgestone product originally. I had a set of 404's on my 81H and would describe them as suitable for moderate riding. wear was reasonable for the price. Many have used Bridgestone Spitfire I found that to be a better tire.

I used 3M pads (auto body) on my wheels followed by Rouge compound to get a very bright shiny result on the highlights. Brush and detergent on the painted parts. Lots of elbow grease

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Old 11-05-2019, 06:48 PM
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Shine protector

After you get the aluminum polished, and there are no magic potions to getting that done other than a lot of work, save the shine by going to a marine dealer and buying a can of Shark Hide.

http://sharkhide.com/

One of it's selling points is that you can reapply it over an existing coat. Just make sure that the coat to be covered is clean.

So one shine should last for years.

CZ
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Old 11-07-2019, 04:47 PM
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stock tires

I guess I was looking for an answer as to what were the stock original equipment tires on a 1980 XS1100SG.
I could put high speed racing tires on but was thinking stock ?

Thanks for the tip on Shark Hyde !

Also when putting air in the front forks I've always played around with a compressor until I thought I had them where I wanted and both the same.
Is there an easy way to pump them up equal ?
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:56 PM
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I guess I was looking for an answer as to what were the stock original equipment tires on a 1980 XS1100SG.
I could put high speed racing tires on but was thinking stock ?

Thanks for the tip on Shark Hyde !

Also when putting air in the front forks I've always played around with a compressor until I thought I had them where I wanted and both the same.
Is there an easy way to pump them up equal ?
Answer to first question: Maxim Phil had it correct, Bridgestone. Least that's what came on my Venturer when I purchased it new May 1981.
Although, at that time, they were conventional size not 90 series, and are no longer available.
Answer to last question: Install a 't' Schrader valve between the two existing Schrader valves on forks......easy peasy.
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:28 PM
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My 1979 XS750 Special came with raised white letter Bridgestone Mag Mopus tires.

Bring back any memories?
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Old 11-08-2019, 11:13 AM
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My 1979 XS750 Special came with raised white letter Bridgestone Mag Mopus tires.

Bring back any memories?
Yeah. For a minute there I thought Mag Mopus was a late 70ís punk rock band.
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