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Old 03-29-2010, 06:32 AM   #1
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Wipe as I might, after 3.5 qts of fuel my engine is caked with oil and dirt in places I just can't reach with a rag. What's the best way to clean this off? Carb cleaner would do the trick, but I'm afraid of damaging the engine. Can I put rubbing alcohol in one of those do-it-yourself aerosol cans and spray clean it with that?
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:37 AM   #2
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I plug my carb, and exhaust port. Then spray with a little simple green, and use a tooth brush (My sisters) to brush the engine off, then use a spray bottle with water and lightly spray it, then hit it with the air hose. I've used denature alcohol, but I don't like the look it leaves on the head and crank case, but simple green cleans it good, and leaves it nicer looking to me.

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Old 03-29-2010, 06:41 AM   #3
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and a compressor.

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+1 - I brought the real brand from a bike store, its concentrated and was about 50 a gallon, thats alot.
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I use Simple Green (their heavy duty degreasing version) and a toothbrush as well. Works great.
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Old 03-30-2010, 04:42 AM   #6
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I tried rubbing alcohol with a rechargeable aerosol can (pump up with a tire pump) and it worked great. The alcohol dissolved the gummy oil right away.

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I tried rubbing alcohol with a rechargeable aerosol can (pump up with a tire pump) and it worked great. The alcohol dissolved the gummy oil right away.

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Kal Gard Degreaser and blow it off and you cant go wrong, I thought it would be bad to do with the clutch bell and bearings still in and I was wrong. You can leave it all together spray good and blow grease dirt and any debris with ease.
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Kal Gard Degreaser and blow it off and you cant go wrong, I thought it would be bad to do with the clutch bell and bearings still in and I was wrong. You can leave it all together spray good and blow grease dirt and any debris with ease.
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Simple green, toothbrush, rinse with water, then spray it down with WD40 and wipe off the excess.
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Kal-gard is an awesome product. Give it a try and I can guarantee you will love it
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I also use simple green and tooth brush. During the race I make sure my head is clean around the glow plug. I can assure you that part is the cleanest place on my engines.

Any I light clean my engines after every use. That's important because you'll never have a large build up of grim.
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I would firstly plug up carb and exhaust port, remove flywheel then spray the whole thing with contact cleaner until i get all grime and muck off. Next, a toothbrush with simple green till i get all the nooks and crannies clean. Lastly, a simple drowsing under running water to get any simple green off and a good wipe! But i always follow up a wash with a complete teardown for interior checking and cleaning.
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