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Hello; soon I will dismantle the wheel. Is it possible to achieve good results sending to polish aT140 hub? or they have kind of a "protective" coat that better let it there?
You know like the AMAL´s that is better not to polish.
By the way; polish and then spray a clear coat is not good on aluminum.

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The 1979 and later hubs were polished and clear lacquered (instead of the previous hammered enamel 'Hammerite' finish).

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Yes, it's fine to get a T140 hub polished - I've had several done and they come up beautifully, and stay looking good too, as long as you don;t let the white 'rust' start. They are made of good quality aluminium alloy, not the zinc-rich stuff carbs are made of.


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Hi Reverd, Even my ‘73 is clear coated. It’s yellowing & alloy turning grey under clear.

I don’t know what they used for clear coat. It can be tough to remove. My switch consoles were clear coated & did same. I removed clear & polished off grey. They are easy to keep polished.

Salt air near ocean is hard on polished surfaces, so you’ll have to keep up on it.

Depending on how much sun it gets clear is good for about 10 years. I’ve observed the spray can do it yourself only lasts about 3 years. Lots of Sun probably less.

Personally I’d remove clear & polish.
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The clear coats only work when is done new (at the factory) if not the oxidation of old aluminum always appear under the coat.

I have the dual disc kit so I am seeing that the hub is barely seen. May be I would try to polish myself.

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Paint it silver. Its not easy to keep clean when spoked up.


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Hi Gavin; I do not like paint; always chip off even more on aluminum no matter the primer. Also, I have 150 meters of a small gravel street that through mud on the rims when rain and here rains all the year, not seasons.

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Gravel doesnt hit the hub, I live up a 100 m gravel drive., cleaning hubs isnt easy, when i was a kid the old guys put a loose leather band around their bicycle wheels hubs to heep them clean, looks smert.


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This gravel is more like tiny gravel with clay so plenty of mud.
I remembered those bands, that I never liked but put it on both hubs however I made it with inner tubes and did not worked. I would try with other material (I do not have long strips of leather)

These later hubs are different; you can remove both halves and do not have that big smooth surface making a bit more difficult to polish.

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But then you have to KEEP polishing it to maintain the shine.

That must be "fun" working around all the spokes.

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I wonder who decided to give the '71 Triumphs and BSAs hubs that were close replicas of late '50s Manx Norton hubs. Bless 'em. They've been a boon for many a Featherbed-framed cafe racer - mostly on the rear, but a little ingenuity could result in a pretty fair replica Manx front wheel, too. If you don't go the 4 l.s. path.

The rear hub is a fair, but not perfect, replica. It has the great advantage of being made of aluminium, with no need to worry whether your magnesium has gone brittle.


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cant do it with a conical, but when i was a kid you could buy a leather ring about two inches in diameter that you snapped around a bicycle hub. as the whell turned the ring held back, cleanibg and polishing tbe hub interior whenever the machine was moving


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Clear anodized is another option. Personally, I like the look of dull aluminum. I once polished my primary cover and when I saw what I had done, took scouring cleanser and knocked the shine back.

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Yes; there are sandwiched between the two discs so is barely seen so I will not do a mirror polish but a clean polish. I have a new rim and the spokes are Buchanan´s. Is to have a clean overall look.

Clear anodized; I never heard about that.


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