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karmisol

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Single bolts rusted, why and how to avoid?
« on: September 03, 2021, 11:46:06 AM »
Hello all!

I just got my XZ550 and realized that there are a few bolts that have rusted much mre than others. Does anyone have any idea why and what I should do to ensure the next part doesn't rust like this? (Special metal, coat the part, just avoid water?)

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Re: Single bolts rusted, why and how to avoid?
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2021, 03:10:38 PM »
From your pics I assume you are very near the ocean or in an area that salts the roads during winter time.  There is a solution used by many of the land speed racers that go to the Bonneville salt flats, it is called Salt-X or something like that.  As long as your bike is exposed to salt it will corrode.   The Salt-X solution is to be sprayed on the vehicle before exposure to salt and allowed to dry, and then again after is was exposed to rinse off the accumulated salt.  generally use cold water for rinsing, as warm water tends to activate the salt and make it more aggressive.  Warm water is great IF you get ALL the salt off, but if ANY remains it becomes more active.
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Re: Single bolts rusted, why and how to avoid?
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2021, 08:36:41 PM »
We have a product here called Corrosion X that is supposed to do the same thing.
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Re: Single bolts rusted, why and how to avoid?
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2021, 02:17:15 AM »
Thank you very much! As you say they usually salt the roads here so that is probably the source of the issue.

I am still confused why these specific bolts have rusted while the rest look really good. I guess the easy explanation is that the previous owner replaced the others.

I'll order replacements and coat them in Corrosion X before installing and then also use it to care for my bike.

 

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