No customization options are available.

Chrome header rusting?

Discussion in 'Exhaust System & Fuel Delivery' started by Gerard Anderson, Jun 25, 2017.

  1. Gerard Anderson

    Gerard Anderson Member

    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Noticed that the chrome header, on the underside especially, look like they are rusting. the surface is pitted and rough. I tried giving them a good clean today but it really didn't make it much better.

    I havent been looking that closely over the period i've had the bike but now coming to second service and towards the end of the warranty I was wondering if this sounded like something the dealer should fix?

    I have done about 18500 Km over a year and a half to give you some idea of the age.

    Anyone else noticed this? I saw a photo on a magazine website with a long term review that had similar rusty brown looking spots. This is not blue-ing of the chrome, more like pitting.

    Not too happy with the quality of the chrome as I though this should protect the pipes from rusting!

    Anyway, i'd be grateful to hear if anyone has any words of wisdom on this topic..
     
  2. Andy Griffiths

    Andy Griffiths Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,772
    Likes Received:
    1,449
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Pictures needed really, but some form of oxidisation is natural with exposure to air. There are very effective cleaning methods with s/steel.
     
    ray2 and Grumpy Goat like this.
  3. Gerard Anderson

    Gerard Anderson Member

    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Thanks andy. I'll try to post some tomorrow.
     
  4. oscarguitar

    oscarguitar Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,035
    Likes Received:
    880
    Trophy Points:
    113
    I have some slightly pitted chrome on one header. Mentioned it at the 600 mile service. The tech didn't think it was a warranty issue, but I'll keep an eye on it. If it gets worse I'll raise it again. At least it's logged on the system.
     
  5. boxter

    boxter Active Member

    Messages:
    489
    Likes Received:
    246
    Trophy Points:
    43
    If you look at the sales brochure for the 2016 RS it says and the bike comes with genuine chrome exhaust system, this shocked me as I spent 20 years of biking trying to get rid of chrome by fitting stainless, and now all sensible manufacturers of bikes fit stainless systems apart from bmw !!!!

    Old hat


    Ged
     
    DJBee and boxerboy like this.
  6. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,883
    Likes Received:
    1,386
    Trophy Points:
    113
    It's chrome over stainless steel.
     
    ray2 likes this.
  7. Aussie Import

    Aussie Import Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,690
    Likes Received:
    1,781
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Overkill?
    I really like the look of bright pipes. Think of the impact they make on a BSA Gold Star. I just haven't figured out how to maintain them without heaps of time and effort. So mine are blue to brown.
     
  8. shorn sheep

    shorn sheep Active Member

    Messages:
    129
    Likes Received:
    93
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Actually we are in fashion without even trying, the blued effect is all the rage on the Japanese bike scene, people are building systems with deliberately blued out headers then a nice Yoshimura can to top the whole thing off. They can't really wring the bike out to see if it goes faster due to the traffic, also they can hardly touch their feet on the ground at the traffic lights either BUT they have a wicked looking exhaust, good on them i say
     

    Attached Files:

    boxerboy likes this.
  9. boxter

    boxter Active Member

    Messages:
    489
    Likes Received:
    246
    Trophy Points:
    43

    Then why did my 2016 bike headers go rusty, and a fellow biker I tour with has a case with BMW in consideration now for his being rusty, doesn't look like stainless to me.


    Ged
     
  10. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,883
    Likes Received:
    1,386
    Trophy Points:
    113
    It's not a ferrous metal. I placed a magnet on the headers and it did not stick.
    Chrome is a coating so you can't see what the metal looks like under the chrome.
    Maybe the chrome coating itself is rusting.
     
    lacemi and boxter like this.
  11. boxter

    boxter Active Member

    Messages:
    489
    Likes Received:
    246
    Trophy Points:
    43

    That's a possibility

    Ged
     
  12. shorn sheep

    shorn sheep Active Member

    Messages:
    129
    Likes Received:
    93
    Trophy Points:
    28
    It's why it's called stain less, not stain never. It can rust like other metals ( have a look at some boats) just not as fast and there are many different levels of stain less ness
     
    Lee likes this.
  13. boxter

    boxter Active Member

    Messages:
    489
    Likes Received:
    246
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Ocean going boats are swamped frequently in high content salt water, not a good comparison unless you leave your bike regularly on the seafront in onshore wind storms. Or do beach riding.


    Ged
     
  14. shorn sheep

    shorn sheep Active Member

    Messages:
    129
    Likes Received:
    93
    Trophy Points:
    28
    with the mudguard being quite useless and splashing everything off the front wheel onto the engine and headers if salt was spread on the roads and an r1200rs zoomed over said road it might get some on it?
     
    boxter likes this.
  15. Richard230

    Richard230 Well-Known Member Contributor

    Messages:
    2,695
    Likes Received:
    1,983
    Trophy Points:
    113
    My observation is that the chrome crossover tube under the engine sure takes a beating. I don't think there is anything you can do to protect the finish of that pipe, or restore the original finish once it has seen road debris. However, at least it is out of view - so it can be out of mind, if you don't go looking for it. ;)
     
  16. boxter

    boxter Active Member

    Messages:
    489
    Likes Received:
    246
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Truly it would and it would get washed off immediately on return.!

    Ged
     
    shorn sheep likes this.
  17. lacemi

    lacemi Member

    Messages:
    131
    Likes Received:
    23
    Trophy Points:
    18
    I washed chrome whit SIDOL, Sidol its liquid to clean metal and plate.
     
  18. m1bjr

    m1bjr Member

    Messages:
    95
    Likes Received:
    64
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Some Stainless Steels are 'ferritic' grades - normally cheaper and contain varying amounts of iron.
    Typically used in car exhausts, cheap but slightly magnetic. Often too weak to tell but the iron in it causes a definite rusting effect.
     
    shorn sheep likes this.

Share This Page