I just bought a black(blue?) 2002 and stripped and polished the wheels. Looks great. I got me to thinking, is there any reason I shouldn't strip and polish the swingarm too? Has anyone done it? Any pictures?
and I have actually seen one painted black this way but I think I would like the polished better. Besides, to polish it, I think I can get to just about every exposed part of the swingarm without removing it from the bike. Of course I would have to remove the wheel, rearsets, can, ect. If I were to powder coat the swingarm, I would have to remove it completely which is not an attractive option to me at this point. (I just bought it last week and only have 900 miles on it so far) I haven't seen one polished and was wondering if anyone has done it. But thanks for the suggestion.
Chrome it or powder coat it black. Polishing it will lead to a nightmare trying to keep it clean and shiny. My buddy chromed his extended swingarm and it looks great. I'm considering chroming mine. Here are a few photos of my buddy's bike and another black and gold 12 with a black swingarm.
Thanks for the pics. Looks real good polished. One question though. Actually two questions. First, does it take a lot of buffing or is it as easy as the wheels were? I seem to have good results with different types of steel wool combined with Mother's. Or, do I need to break out the dremmel tool? Next question. Is it really as hard as everyone says to keep clean and shiny? I don't mind getting out there and lightly polishing the thing every couple of weeks but I get the impression from a few people that is an everyday chore to keep clean. I don't have any problems keeping the wheels shiny, I don't know why the swingarm would be any different.
Nice pictures guys.I had a bike polished frame,swingarm,wheels.The only thing I hated was getting caught in the rain sucks.I used to hit it every 2weeks looked great.I like blue magic polish not that gritty like mothers.I'm gonna do my 12 next year.
If you like doing tedious time consuming work...... do the sand paper method. here is what i came out with after going from 200 to 800 then buffing. I havent done it the other way so i can't help you there.
It took about 8 hours from taking it off to stripping it to polishing and putting it back on. I like it so far. I haven't had to clean it yet so we will see how bad it gets when it gets dirty.<img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/happy.gif ALT="">