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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dressing Up The Rear Wheel

With a brand new wheel and tire, the stock pulley, brake rotor, and hardware looked like crap so I decided to dress them up a bit.

Here's the stock pulley.

I picked up a chrome pulley cover on eBay (cheap) and got the chrome hardware from the local dealer.

It makes a huge difference:

On the other side, the brake rotor was dirty and had a little surface rust in the grooves.

I used a block sander with 1000 grit sandpaper and some WD-40 to sand it down.  I got into all the grooves with my rotary tool.  Then I used metal polish and a polishing ball to get it looking good.  I didn't get it to a chrome-like shine or anything but I think it looks significantly better.  The pictures don't do it justice.

More chrome hardware from the dealer.

Finished product.

Here's a look at the tire from both angles mounted back on the bike.

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