I use the same suds that I use for washing the car. Just before drying the exterior, I hit the engine bay with the sponge and just rinse it off. Like ScionFred said though - avoid the filter if you have a CAI.
fwiw - I use a soap that has a little bit of carnuba in it and everything dries up shiny.
Tenzo CAI, 5-Axis body kit
Tanabe NF-210 Springs, 5mm spacers on the rear
TRD Rear Sway Bar
TRD Quick Shift Kit w/ Trevor's shortened shifter and clutch pedal adjusted per Trevor's DIY
NST CR-Lite Pulley & Solid Shifter Bushings
Strup Cat-back Exhaust
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i warm mine up a little, spray everything with simple green, let it soak, wipe off anything that is caked on and isn't going to just wash away, then hose it down. after that i do a quick drive around the neighborhood to dry it off and get out any pooled up water. then come home, spray it with engine detailer, take another spin around to get off the excess, then call it done. i know a lot of people worry about covering up electrical parts and things like that, but i was too lazy for that the first time, and since i didnt have a problem, havent worried about it since.
(btw, simple green imo is the best all purpose cleaner out there! i use it for tons of stuff.)
Haha Fred I taped a bag around the filter in my jeep and forgot about it. When I started my jeep and tried to drive it it had no power. I thought something was wet so I continued. It squeezed my filter and crumpled it. Lol
Originally Posted by ScionFred
If you have an exposed air filter (CAI, SRI, etc.) it's not a bad idea to tape a bag around it before de-greasing and washing the engine bay. Just remember to remove it afterward!
The engine should be off and preferably cold but many (incl myself) have washed hot engines at the local car wash without problems.
Aluminum corrosion - in the old days I used to clean up the engine cases on my BSA with Solvol. That wouldn't last long, it took a lot of effort and in the end I just gave up. Most motorbike engines are painted aluminum, so that may be a fix?? Could be just as hard as anodizing them though
I may have to live with it. Removing and stripping the engine block and head to paint them isn't an option for me. What about engine dressings? I've never used any but imagine if it leaves a protective coating it could slow corrosion.
On my 99 Kawasaki the engine covers, etc. were clear coated. That lasted several years but now I have to re-polish at least once a year. I'd love to own a BSA. I'm selling my Kaw and looking for a classic motorcycle instead. I find the new cafe racer resurgence compelling.
I find it interesting that when I googled "Solvol" because I'd never of it before, I found that is an Australian soap product made by the same company that makes WD40. I also found British made Solvol metal polish.
I do a light spray with the hose before I start washing then take a microfiber cloth and scrub down any and all dirt I see (i live in a windy desert so it gets coated fairly fast) and then tackle any grease I see. On my old honda I used to use degreaser every couple of washes to get the oil and grime buildup off.
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