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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 9:48 am 
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How many of you guys use a power washer to clean your bike? I think I'm gonna buy one just to clean my bike. I'm thinking an electric one. Any recommendations?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:06 am 
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I've used cheap-o electric ones for 20 plus years. Cheap and quiet. I've had a couple Karcher 1200 psi models - adequate, cheap, and if they break they'll give you a good deal on a refurbished one. Might be nice to have about 1800 psi though.

Spray most of the dirt off, spray with simple green or other, scrub really good with a brush, spray again - looks like new. We use it to blast the clay out of our riding gear too.

If you want to use it at the track, you need a generator - but if you have a generator, you can use that to run a fan in the summer, so its not all bad.

Gas pressure washers will clean your bike faster and better, blast water further into your bearings, cost more, and be really loud.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:36 am 
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Thanks for the info!

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 Post subject: Re: Power washer question
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 11:32 am 
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I've also always wondered if a pressure washer could damage gaskets. I pressure wash mine after every ride, and just recently had to put a base
gasket on the CR. Gasket was separated on one side? Not sure if washing it did it.


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 Post subject: Re: Power washer question
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:33 pm 
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Like any tool, used correctly a power washer is great. It will drive water into seals and bearings if aimed in the wrong area.

Regarding Simple Green. I have not seen good results using this product on aluminum and steel parts.

Yes, it cleans very well, but I found accelerated corrosion afterward. Maybe due to the alkalinity of the product or possibly is strips any residual oil off the surface that would otherwise protect the metal.

Their site is somewhat cautious about using it on aluminum.

http://simplegreen.com/faqs/


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 Post subject: Power washer question
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 3:41 pm 
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I plan on just using ATV and dirtbike specific cleaner. Snagged an electric washer from Lowes. Will see how it goes after my next ride.

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I use a pressure washer to clean my dirt bike each time, since the dirt loads up on the bike. Like others have said, just don't blast the water directly at seals and leave it there as it is spraying.

I have a gas pressure washer. I think it is a 2000 or 2200 psi, but I am not sure. They come with different nozzles to adjust the water spray. I would suggest buying something larger than smaller, for the simple reason you can use it for other tasks too. I use mine multiple times a year for on my house siding, driveway, steps to the house, patio, wood fence, mailbox and post, etc. If you have a two story house, you will want more pressure/power.

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I bought the electric one from harbor freight 1650psi...it goes for $90..I used a 25% off coupon they text to you. Works great for washing the cars/bikes.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:16 pm 
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Yeah there is no danger of me wanting to power wash other items around my house. This guy ain't much of a do it yourselfer. lol

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I've always heard it can be bad to use a pressure washer....with that I manage to get my enduro filthy...some of the places we ride are muddy as hell... When I get home I park on my brick patio, hit it with some watered down "purple stuff " then hose down the heavy stuff....saving chain cleaning for my lift where I can raise thee wheel and spin the chain as I hose it with WD-40......then good chain lube....

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:44 pm 
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I did buy a lower power electric power washer. Sprays about the same as the ones at a wishy wash. And I use the commercial grade Simple Green from Lowes. It's the purple bottle which doesn't corrode aluminum. I dilute 3-1 I think (max potency).

System has worked pretty well

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