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 Post subject: Cyclone swinging arm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:43 pm 
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The swinging arm on my '01 Cyclone is in a poor state, so I've whipped it out for refurbishment.
The question is:

Powder coat or polish?

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 Post subject: Re: Cyclone swinging arm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:58 pm 
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powder coat for low maintenance, polish for endless maintenance. :yup:

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 Post subject: Re: Cyclone swinging arm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:02 pm 
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Depends how much you use it I reckon. Magz' X1 has a polished swing arm, looks good and needs a clean every so often, it doesn't get any wet days if possible :sun:

Powder coat if it's going to be ridden in all weathers.

You're welcome :D

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 Post subject: Re: Cyclone swinging arm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:15 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Cyclone swinging arm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:32 pm 
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Go on, Maz, elaborate for us hard of thinking...

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 Post subject: Re: Cyclone swinging arm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:34 pm 
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Polished is best :yup:

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 Post subject: Re: Cyclone swinging arm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:06 pm 
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A well polished part cleans easily , had stuff polished 7k miles ago and not polished them yet just washed.


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 Post subject: Re: Cyclone swinging arm
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Doesn't powder coat chip really easily?

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 Post subject: Re: Cyclone swinging arm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:11 pm 
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I had my ally one polished and it's pretty easy to keep it looking good, as mentioned before a good wash will bring it up and a rub with some turtle wax occasionaly and bobs your uncle, my M2 is currently wearing a stretched and strengthened early box one which has indeed been powder coated and IMHO looks the nuts.......cheers nick :yup:

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 Post subject: Re: Cyclone swinging arm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:14 pm 
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t965m wrote:
Doesn't powder coat chip really easily?


I had my frame done by Triple S in Bingley years ago, no complaints yet :yup:

The arm was done by a local firm who I've used before for little bits and am happy with their work too

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 Post subject: Re: Cyclone swinging arm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:31 pm 
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Polish... :sun:

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 Post subject: Re: Cyclone swinging arm
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Powder coating if done properly is pretty tough,I've done 12 years metal finishing,so have a wee bit of knowledge about finishes,stainless is king but polished ally is good too,but takes more looking after. :old:

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 Post subject: Re: Cyclone swinging arm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:00 pm 
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Trouble with powder coating a swingarm is that any damage allows water to get under the coating and lift it. You cannot/must not coat any of the machined surfaces, which means you're left with a knife edge where the coating ends and the machined surface starts, again this is asking for trouble.
A polished surface leaves you with the raw material, which can be dressed and repolished.
A professionally polished surface needs very little maintenance to stay looking good, just rinse off any salt and every now and again polish using Brasso.....DO NOT use Solvol etc. as they are far too abrasive and will dull the finish, making it far more susceptible to oxidation.

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 Post subject: Re: Cyclone swinging arm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:23 pm 
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....and while the arm is out, drill a small drain hole between the shock mounts.

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 Post subject: Re: Cyclone swinging arm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:27 pm 
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.....and radius the bearing bores.

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