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    Guys,
    I noticed on my pre-ride check on Saturday that my bike (2000 GPX 250) has light surface rust on the top of the fork tubes. Does anyone know of a nice/easy way of removing it without damaging the chrome? I'd rather not have the fork seals fail prematurely due to the rust.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    regards
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    is it on the section of the stanchion that the fork seals slide over?
    if so, the only real fix is to have them rechromed. If there is rust, it's likely that the chrome is absent from that point. I've head of lots of other fixes, but in the long run replacement or rechroming may be your only option.
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    Brasso. test a small spot... it is a a mild abraisive and should be able to get rid of small rust specs.
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    stainless steel pot scourer (not the really fine wool kind) and some gentle scrubbing with water, dunno how you would reseal it though, also a scrunched up ball of aluminum foil works pretty well, use them to get spot rust off chromed fenders

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    Guys,
    I noticed on my pre-ride check on Saturday that my bike (2000 GPX 250) has light surface rust on the top of the fork tubes. Does anyone know of a nice/easy way of removing it without damaging the chrome? I'd rather not have the fork seals fail prematurely due to the rust.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    regards
    Ryan [/b]
    Previously on some of my older dirt bikes i had the same problem , I found using a rust convertor such as INOX to be great. Personally I would only use abrasives as a last resort as they can aid in getting it clean but the down side is you generally remove more of the plating and leave very small particles of steel behind that can oxidise making the problem worse. The best thing is to get them replated but if ur on a budget INOX will neutralise the rust and an application regulary will prevent it reoccuring or spreading it doesnt damage fork seals either. Most automotive shops such as Repco sell it and its around $9 hope i helped

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    I have used brasso & steel wool before on chrome, but wasn't sure about using it on the forks. I'll give it a shot in an hour when I get home from work.

    cheers
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    I have used brasso & steel wool before on chrome, but wasn't sure about using it on the forks. I'll give it a shot in an hour when I get home from work.

    cheers
    Ryan [/b]
    Look above dude

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    Armtrapid, thanx for the info I'll get the wife to grab some tomorrow and try it out.

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    Armtrapid, thanx for the info I'll get the wife to grab some tomorrow and try it out. [/b]
    no prob

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    Why not try a bit of oil on a rag n elbow grease, if its just light surface rust and hasnt eaten in deep it will get rid of it ok and also protest it a bit too. if its deep...... abrasives like a light weight copper brush, wet n dry etc will get it off ok. howeva will also eat whateva protectant ie chtome a little tooo.M2C

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