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How quickly will a black chrome exhaust rust? (motorcycle)?

This is a discussion on How quickly will a black chrome exhaust rust? (motorcycle)? within the Exhaust forums, part of the Parts category; I need a new collector box for my st1100 and the end cans could do with replacing so I decided ...


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Old 12-10-2008   #1
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Default How quickly will a black chrome exhaust rust? (motorcycle)?

I need a new collector box for my st1100 and the end cans could do with replacing so I decided it would be cheaper to buy a whole new system. I found a good deal but the end cans are black chrome and I heard that these rust. Anyone know the life expectancy of one of these things compared to alternatives?
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as long as you take care of it on a regular basis they will be fine.
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There is no easy answer to this. If it is a top qulaity item, with good chrome on high quality steel, with excellent welds etc then with good care it will last for a while. If it is not then it very simply won't.Chrome plating is not just a decorative finish it is also protects the steel underneath but exhausts have moisture from the inside and when you stop the engine the moisture condenses and will start to rust a steel exhaust from the inside out as well. If corrosion is a real worry then things like stainless, carbon, titanium and so on are the only answers for rest assured trouble free worry in the long term. ------
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