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They don't have to be perfect. Just
Better than they are. The one that's almost $400 is ridiculously priced in my opinion considering a new one is $500 from partzilla. I've seen some videos where people cleaned stuff like this up. I would like to avoid sanding if possible. I know it's hard to tell from pics sometimes. All I need is the wheel not the disc, tires, etc.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/07-Honda-V...ar:2005|Make:Honda|Model:VTX1300S|Submodel:--

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2005-HONDA...rentrq:5ff448071650ab6a87f3e890ffff9ed3|iid:1
 

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Those look pretty corroded and might be hard to clean up, I'd hate to pay for a wheel like that then try to clean it.

If you already had the wheels and had nothing to lose I'd say go to an auto parts store and get the heavy duty spray on, wash off aluminum wheel cleaner that they sell for truck wheels, it's nasty, corrosive stuff that eats skin and electrical stuff so follow the directions, but it works GREAT, I cleaned the wheels on my 08 Vision ( which looked like those when I bought it) and they came out shining, a light polish after the cleaner and they were good to go, looked nearly new.


They don't have to be perfect. Just
Better than they are. The one that's almost $400 is ridiculously priced in my opinion considering a new one is $500 from partzilla. I've seen some videos where people cleaned stuff like this up. I would like to avoid sanding if possible. I know it's hard to tell from pics sometimes. All I need is the wheel not the disc, tires, etc.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/07-Honda-V...ar:2005|Make:Honda|Model:VTX1300S|Submodel:--

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2005-HONDA...rentrq:5ff448071650ab6a87f3e890ffff9ed3|iid:1
 

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It's a pain but can be done - Get some 3m scratch pads and sand the heck out of them then go with fine sand paper 1000 grit and wet sand again then switch to rubbing compound and buff until you are blue in the face.
Or do the scratch pad and powder coat silver. I did most of my wheels and it's surprising how easy it is to keep them clean once powder coated. I have my own gun and oven so that also helps.
$200 for that wheel seems pretty high as I see most of my take offs for $100 or less. I wish I had a VTX wheel I could offer you but no such luck.
 

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OK. Thanks guys. Ive been wanting to switch from spokes for years. i have a good rear cast but seems like those are the only 2 front rims in the country! Ive tried craigslist, scrap yards. I want the original size. I think they know that and thats why they are charging so much. Might just buy a new one down the road. I got a great deal on my vtx when i bought it. Thats why i got spokes. Never again. I got a flat the other day. Luckily I had ride on sealant in their that kept my pressure on the rear to 15 psi riding 2up. Didint even notice till i inspected the tires/checked air pressure cause i knew they were shot (just replaced them). Need that piece of mind knowing i can plug if needed.
 

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Believe it or not, Marvels Mystery Oil and a shop rag can do wonders. But if you want perfect you'll have to do what TriPlay suggests. Especially if the rims have a thin clear coat on them. It all depends on just how much pitting is there. But MM oil does a great job on surface stuff. I've always wondered just what's in that oil for it to cut corrosion and what it does in a vehicle. I've never used it in one. Just on them.
 

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Since you've always wondered , here u go:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_Mystery_Oil
and here is a you tube vid in case u didnt see it:

Believe it or not, Marvels Mystery Oil and a shop rag can do wonders. But if you want perfect you'll have to do what TriPlay suggests. Especially if the rims have a thin clear coat on them. It all depends on just how much pitting is there. But MM oil does a great job on surface stuff. I've always wondered just what's in that oil for it to cut corrosion and what it does in a vehicle. I've never used it in one. Just on them.
 

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The key is to know if the wheels are damaged, such as deep pitting or scratches that cannot be buffed out. If they are in decent shape and just need a good deep cleaning, a good metal finishing place near you can clean them up, too. And often you might be surprised at the price. We have a local shop here that quoted me $35 each to clean and polish some aluminum wheels. This was a number of years ago, so not sure cost today. But that's not a bad price to have a wheel looking better than new. Motorcycle Polishing | Oconto Metal Finishing
 
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