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Old 01-31-2006, 12:14 AM   #1
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Chrome vs. Polished

How much maintenence on either and what do you use to clean either?
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Old 01-31-2006, 08:16 AM   #2
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Chrome retains the heat in the engine

Chip your chrome and it's lifespan has been reduced

Chrome don't get you home

I have an '83 HD FXRT (94K miles) without any bolt on chrome goodies. The rocker covers are polished as are the primary and cam/ignition covers. A few minutes rubbing with a wad of never dull brings it back up to an almost chrome shine.

Chrome is less maintnenance but if you put miles on your bike and plan to keep it awhile it is not my choice.

For the park and show its the way to go.
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Old 01-31-2006, 08:27 AM   #3
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Re: Chrome vs. Polished

I agree with Vince, Tammy. I also have an HD without an excess of chrome because, though it looks great when you first start out, over time can chip and/or rust. Keeping it as clean as possible with regular washing and waxing (don't use chrome polish unless you're trying to remove small amounts of rust) with prolong its life, but polished surfaces, IMHO look better. I too use Nevr-Dull for all polished surfaces and then a light wax over that.
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Old 01-31-2006, 08:57 AM   #4
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Re: Chrome vs. Polished

I agree too. Polished aluminum is the way to go. It just looks classy. Once you have spent the elbow grease to get it shiny, all you have to do is keep a coat of "Protect-All" on it after washing, and that shine will last indefinately.

For what my opinion is worth, polished aluminum looks much classier than chrome.
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Re: Chrome vs. Polished

Wow we all agree! I love the polished look and my hat is off to those willing to put in the work it takes. A lot of work to get it there, but a great polish job looks much better than chrome IMO. You just have to keep it clean and protected as stated above.
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Re: Chrome vs. Polished

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Wow we all agree! I love the polished look and my hat is off to those willing to put in the work it takes. A lot of work to get it there, but a great polish job looks much better than chrome IMO. You just have to keep it clean and protected as stated above.
You want to talk about a lot of work, try cleaning and polishing chrome spoke wheels! LOVE that polished aluminum!
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Old 01-31-2006, 12:10 PM   #7
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This is the best chrome.

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This is the best chrome.
I like it
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This is the best chrome.
As in... none?

Actually, those signal lamps and the bar on the back look chrome. Either way, it's a sweet looking bike!
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Old 01-31-2006, 03:15 PM   #10
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Re: Chrome vs. Polished

I'm working on that!!!!! Bought it second hand. The new brake/clutch levers are at the powder coaters now!!
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