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Postby htown16 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:58 pm

What is the original finish on the exhaust and rear footpeg hanger plates. Mine are sort of a dull gray but no rust. How would I go about restoring them?
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Re: Parts finish

Postby gortnipper » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:13 pm

Satin chrome per AN. Metal polish and elbow grease.
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Re: Parts finish

Postby grandpaul » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:23 pm

I think it depends on the year/model.

I seem to recall 70 & 72 Roadsters being zinc / cad, 75 MkIII Interstate chrome...
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Re: Parts finish

Postby CanukNortonNut » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:13 pm

Originally these are zinc platted. You can get them re-platted
I have S/S for ease of care and it doesn't oxidize.
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Re: Parts finish

Postby gortnipper » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:29 pm

From AN: "The original factory drawings for these plates specify ‘satin chrome’. This is the finish we supply and they have a dull, not polished, appearance."
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Re: Parts finish

Postby Fast Eddie » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:39 pm

AN ones are really rough, they have a finish almost like sand cast!

Stainless ones are a no brainer IMHO.
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Re: Parts finish

Postby gortnipper » Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:16 pm

Fast Eddie wrote:AN ones are really rough, they have a finish almost like sand cast!

Stainless ones are a no brainer IMHO.


Once I bought the new set from AN, I decided to have both sets chromed since I didnt like the SS or the matte finish and they could do both within the minimum cost for doing plating.

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I would be willing to sell this second set at cost.
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Re: Parts finish

Postby Frankie17 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:59 am

i am with fast eddie stainless all the way laser cut replacements are readily available for less money than chrome

chrome looks good but tighten the fastners score the chrome and mr rust will soon perform his magic

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Re: Parts finish

Postby RoadScholar » Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:39 am

Stainless is the new chrome...
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