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Old 05-08-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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Simple Green + Hose + Bike Engine?

shouldn't be that bad right? im thinking of going out and spraying some on and leaving it a few minutes and hosing it off, the lower engine part and get off that grime and stuff off. making sure to stay away from bearings and radiator...i should be fine right?
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:16 AM   #2
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i would shy away from simple green
Why? I've used it on my wheels and lower fairings and nothing happened.... but is there a possibility that something could?
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Why? I've used it on my wheels and lower fairings and nothing happened.... but is there a possibility that something could?
hmm, why X? i used it to clean my rx8 engine after covering my alternator and intake and it was okay (at least i thought, but now im curious if it really was okay)
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never used it on a bike, but its biodegradable so i dont suspect it to be too caustic. maybe dilute it a bit first?
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way to caustic IMO.

how dirty us the area that needs cleaning?

i use car soap or dawn, now S100
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Without diluting it to the correct amount, Simple Green and Walmart's Super Clean can strip paint. I use it straight to strip paint off parts so make sure to use caution and not to leave on anything for extended periods of time.

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maybe the hoses/gaskets/plastics are going to get damaged in the long term?
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Without diluting it to the correct amount, Simple Green and Walmart's Super Clean can strip paint. I use it straight to strip paint off parts so make sure to use caution and not to leave on anything for extended periods of time.

I have used Super Clean straight to clean car interior carpet as well as hard plastics. I have used it on the bike straight to degrease the chain and wheels too many times to count. I have never seen any issues with paint or other coatings.
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I used it undiluted to clean my Motard plenty of times. Spray on let it sit for a minute and tye dirt/mud/tears/blood would come right off. But i agree with Ed it is very strong and i didnt care about the cheap plastics on my Tard.
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Dilute it to 50% strength with hot water and go to town. I've used simple green on all of my vehicles for 10 years and never had an issue. And based on what was posted above, I would hate to see what type of paint peeled off with simple green straight from the bottle.
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also these bikes mostly have alu. blocks & heads vs cars. and it will "etch" the bike blocks
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Used it full strength on everything i own for over five years. I spray it mostly on the grills and front facia of my cars, wheels and tires, and the rims and engine of my bikes. Get the bike wet, spray it on, wait a minute and hose it off. Use a towel to scrub on extra sticky stuff and bugs. No worries.

When I wash the cars, I hose it down, spray the wheels, scrub the rest of the car, then scrub the wheels and tires and then hose off. No etching, tires black and wheels shiny like new.
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S100 is good .
A little expensive but works great and there is NO worry about what it will do. It is made for bikes, Simple Green is made for cleaning garbage cans and cat boxes.

Way stronger than needed.
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+1 S100, but any degreaser and some elbow will work.
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also these bikes mostly have alu. blocks & heads vs cars. and it will "etch" the bike blocks
My R6 was fully polished. I used simple green on it regularly and never noticed any etching whatsoever. My old race quad had a polished radiator, nerf bars, and Douglas wheels and I never had any issue with etching on it either.
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I have used Super Clean straight to clean car interior carpet as well as hard plastics. I have used it on the bike straight to degrease the chain and wheels too many times to count. I have never seen any issues with paint or other coatings.

Same here.
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+1 S100, but any degreaser and some elbow will work.
I wouldn't say ANY degreaser.
I bought some "Power Purple" from cycle gear a few years ago (cuz it was on sale) and it etched some black plastic panels on my bikes fairing.
I never used it on the bike again.
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