Harold Bawlzangya Racing

Cleaning the KIPS

I had some of this cleaner that I was looking to get rid of so I thought I would try it on the KIPS parts.  Started soaking just this part:

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Then added some more and let them sit overnight.  It got off a lot of the gunk,

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but it didn’t get all of the heavy carbon build-up:

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I went to a fine wire wheel and had to work to get this stuff off:

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Soaked the rest of the KIPS in more of the combustion cleaner and they came out pretty clean:

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In time we’ll see how well the carbon does/doesn’t stick to the more polished surfaces.  If I was going to polish this correctly, I would have had to have sanded out more of the metal to get rid of the imperfections for a nice surface.  But I didn’t want to remove metal and screw with the tolerances of the parts.  So all of the polishing was done with a buffing wheel.  Not a mirror finish, but it should be a bit “slipperier” than it was before:

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A final clean-up in acetone and all ready to install:

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