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A little premature, but I did a little detailing. Stainless fasteners don't look the best straight off the shelf, so I've started neatening them up a little. Allen heads have striations on the side of the heads and numbers stamped on the face of the heads, so I chucked a heap of them and turned them down a little before polishing. Hex heads were very rough, so they were ground down a little before polishing. I ground and polished the ends of any bolts that were seen as well as removing the excess thread..
I've only done one side of the bike, tomorrow I'll tackle the other. Then the engine fasteners, a few little ones on the carbs. I haven't done the washers, can't figure out how to hold them without polishing the ends of my fingers.
The footpeg holes to which I mount the mufflers are 12mm, heads of the fasteners on the inside looked like they'd scrape against the swingarm, so I turned up some brass shim tubes and pressed them into place so I could use 10mm fasteners, they just clear the swingarm.
Once I've finished, I'll remove the clear coat and just leave the ally bare.
 

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Looks good. I have cleaned up washers by dropping them over a bolt and letting them spin on the bolt while I shove them into a wire wheel. I don't know how well it would work with a buffing pad. A piece of threaded rod with a nut on it may allow you to hold the rod & let the washer be backed by the nut as you push the face into the wheel.
 

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If you get tired of polishing :geek: there is an easier way to achieve that same smooth look, just buy titanium fasteners, they don't feature the knurled heads or stamp markings.
 

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One thing to always keep in mind is dissimilar metal corrosion
 

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Also... surprisingly.... carbon fiber and some metals result in dissimilar corrosion
 
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