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1200 GSA headers. Advice needed
« on: January 24, 2021, 05:56:20 pm »
Guys Im giving some TLC. What coating is on headers? What would u do?
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Re: 1200 GSA headers. Advice needed
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2021, 06:30:53 pm »
Lots of elbow grease and metal polish...hope you have some time on your hands :peepwall:
 

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Re: 1200 GSA headers. Advice needed
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2021, 06:38:35 pm »
Have them ceramic coated - ask for the chrome finish and get them to coat inside and out. You will not have issues of discolouration like this  going forward. With time the coating may dull slightly but all one does is polish it with metal polish like Autosol and come up bright very quickly (you will never polish the coating off). Contact Powekote - CT and Jhb. The added advantage is also that the exhaust runs much cooler as it scavenges exhaust better - after just a couple of minutes you can touch the headers!
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Re: 1200 GSA headers. Advice needed
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2021, 06:39:20 pm »
Ceramic coating works well.
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Re: 1200 GSA headers. Advice needed
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2021, 04:17:37 am »
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Re: 1200 GSA headers. Advice needed
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2021, 08:19:35 am »


Quote from: BiG DoM on Yesterday at 06:38:35 pm>Have them ceramic coated - ask for the chrome finish and get them to coat inside and out. You will not have issues of discolouration like this  going forward. With time the coating may dull slightly but all one does is polish it with metal polish like Autosol and come up bright very quickly (you will never polish the coating off). Contact Powekote - CT and Jhb. The added advantage is also that the exhaust runs much cooler as it scavenges exhaust better - after just a couple of minutes you can touch the headers!
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Re: 1200 GSA headers. Advice needed
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2021, 08:22:32 am »
Ceramic coating is not just cosmetic, it helps channel heat away from the bike caused by the exhaust
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Re: 1200 GSA headers. Advice needed
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2021, 08:26:11 am »
Had mine done a couple of years ago, still looks good. I only had the outside done.
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Re: 1200 GSA headers. Advice needed
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2021, 08:31:39 am »
I found the GREY ceramic faded the least - say around 5 or 6 years later - on my 1150 GS - of all the other COLOURS (blue, red, black, etc), but no experience of shiny finish/chrome finish like Dom mentions, the ceramic coaters, too, confirmed that the Grey was the LEAST fade colour they apply, just my 5c.


On older 1200's (and 1100' and 1150's), the BIKE is often in very condition generally, only the HEADERS 'let it down', for this reason alone, it is worth ceramic-coating, apart from the 'performance' aspect, which is an added bonus, etc...


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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2021, 11:17:05 am »
Ceramic coating is not just cosmetic, it helps channel heat away from the bike caused by the exhaust

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« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2021, 11:25:52 am »
The 'chrome finish' on headers.
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« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2021, 12:03:22 pm »
If you coat inside and out, have it de-catted first, or the coating will block the cat.
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Re: 1200 GSA headers. Advice needed
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2021, 04:33:22 pm »
Raffie what do you mean? I presume I should cut the cat open and remove inards?

If you coat inside and out, have it de-catted first, or the coating will block the cat.
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Re: 1200 GSA headers. Advice needed
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2021, 04:34:54 pm »
Big D, those shiny headers are gonna look awkward on rest of my bike. This one in picture is prestine, mine not  ;)

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Re: 1200 GSA headers. Advice needed
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2021, 04:38:14 pm »
Big D, those shiny headers are gonna look awkward on rest of my bike. This one in picture is prestine, mine not  ;)

The 'chrome finish' on headers.
Mine has the grey finish, I like it.  :thumleft:
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« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2021, 05:04:54 pm »
Big D, those shiny headers are gonna look awkward on rest of my bike. This one in picture is prestine, mine not  ;)

The 'chrome finish' on headers.
Mine has the grey finish, I like it.  :thumleft:

The silver is actually a nice satin finish if not polished a lot. It is meant to be the toughest as it has metallic powder in the coating rather than just pigment. When you polish it the rag actually gets black like polishing metal.
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Re: 1200 GSA headers. Advice needed
« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2021, 07:36:16 pm »
Geramic coating. The best +- R3500 you'll ever spend.

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« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2021, 11:16:47 am »
Raffie what do you mean? I presume I should cut the cat open and remove inards?

If you coat inside and out, have it de-catted first, or the coating will block the cat.

Yes, the ceramic coating  is a liquid that is applied and then baked, it will at least partially block the CAT if you don't remove it. Jughead did a good thread on how to a while back.

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