We usually do not have unlimited budgets for our passion. Fortunately, there is a lot to do without the wallet getting sunken cheeks. Those cheap (er) solutions don't even have to detract from the result.
A pair of weathered exhaust corners
And so we come to the exhaust curves of one of our daily classics. The mid-eighties Guzzi V65C is in very good condition. But the pitted, black / rusty exhaust curves mar it. Globally, TLM from Nijmegen is the ideal supplier of used Moto Guzzi parts. Used exhaust bends cost something like € 100 each. We think that's just a bit too much.
Sometimes the cheap alternative is disappointing
In the past, acceptable results have been achieved with 'Farmer's Chrome', silver paint. But that holds less on exhaust curves. Fortunately, there is VHT - very high tempeature - aerosol paint. You should think of about € 20 per aerosol. And then you come to the mind-boggling Action. There are the heat-resistant aerosol cans in cheerful black and sparkling 'silver' for just € 2,20. That's worth the gamble to him.
Heat resistant, but not waterproof
The exhaust bends were sanded and put in the heat-resistant jacket. The result was entirely satisfactory. Until horror summer began. Rain fell. And don't let the heat-resistant Action paint be waterproof. The corners still looked better than before the paint job. But it seemed like they had a scary skin disease. A learning moment: All commodities are for money as my late grandmother said. Would you rather look for a bunch of neater exhaust bends or learn to live with them? But hey: how perfect must a daily used classic of 35 years old be.
But there must be more options
On the other hand, it is and remains the case that with a little attention you can save a lot of money without compromising on quality. For example, MZ has used Brembos for a year or so. After that year, there was no more Brembo on the brakes because MZ was going to (re) make them themselves. We are talking about the same Brembos that were used on the little Guzzis, among others. And the difference in price between original Brembo brake pads and 'original' MZ brake pads is impressive.
What fits on what?
From this perspective, we are curious about the experiences from the field. Because there are certainly - or for our Flemish readers 'for sure' - many more things that are cheap alternatives or interchangeable. In America the 'Dutch guides off interchangable parts' have been written about that.
We may be able to collect and share such smarts in all our limitations. We are thinking in particular of parts of suppliers. For example, Lucas apparently made parts for Austin and Rolls-Royce. Only the prices differed. Ferrari and Fiat apparently also shared parts. The rear lights on a Jaguar XJ 220 are identical to those on a Rover 200. And the rear view mirrors are the same as those on the Citroën Second generation CX. The headlights of a Ferrari F40 are simply from Volvo. Starters, mirrors, windshield wipers and dashboard buttons often come from only one source.
We are curious about the online reactions. Thanks in advance.