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Ladies and gents.

I'm a new MV owner. The bike had been stored away in a showroom for about 5 years and some of the nuts and bolts have gone rusty; is there a pack I can buy to replace these or do I just change them as I go along?(which is what I am thinking)

Is there any mods or anything I should be doing to the bike? I absolutely love the look of it and the only thing I'm changing is the tail tidy but I'm wondering what kind of things people do to the bikes like gut the exhausts or anything like that? Any tips or tricks, that kinda thing.

It's a 2010 F4 and I'm quite hands on so I don't mind having a play.

Thanks.
 

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No one sells hardware kits....so it is one at a time. You might look into taking off a quantity and having them re-plated.

Lot's of reading available here for ideas on mods and upgrades.... time to get started.
 

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No one sells hardware kits....so it is one at a time. You might look into taking off a quantity and having them re-plated.

Lot's of reading available here for ideas on mods and upgrades.... time to get started.
Thanks. I'll grab a beer and get stuck in.
 

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You can polish them right up. Someone more familiar with UK brands can recommend. I used red jewelers rouge on my fasteners and bolts and they came out beautiful.
 

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You can polish them right up. Someone more familiar with UK brands can recommend. I used red jewelers rouge on my fasteners and bolts and they came out beautiful.
Ok that's interesting. Didn't even think that was possible. Won't they just rust again though when washing? Or does it cost them?
 

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I've been through the forums and seen a lot about exhaust mods and this has me interested now but I'm not sure where to go or what to do?

Can I just remove the exhaust tips and remove the baffles? Nothing is ever that easy? I really do appreciate any help.

Not easy being an MV noob lol.
 

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Ok that's interesting. Didn't even think that was possible. Won't they just rust again though when washing? Or does it cost them?

When I picked up my 2009 312RR the fairing fasteners were so badly rusted I almost threw them out but since I have a big polishing wheel at work I figured i'd give it a try. Almost a year later and they still look great.
 

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I personally wouldn't wash my bike the conventional way. Just a wet sponge, chamois, and polish after.
 

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When I picked up my 2009 312RR the fairing fasteners were so badly rusted I almost threw them out but since I have a big polishing wheel at work I figured i'd give it a try. Almost a year later and they still look great.
Wow. Those carbon bits as well 👍😍
 

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As per @MV Arthur 's post, you can clean up the fasteners to good effect. If the bike is in an environment where the ambient changes (like an unheated garage) the corrosion will probably come back. Other than replating the fasteners - which is my first choice - you can polish them and then spritz them with a light clear coat from a spray can to insulate them from the moisture. In the US at least you can get two-part, catalyzed clear coat but even single part will last pretty well.

https://www.eastwood.com/paints/clear-coats.html
 

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When I lived on the beach in Rio, the high salinity and fog (sea air) caused everything to rust very quickly. I had to spray the circuit boards in my computer, tv, remote, etc.. with a product made for anti corrosion.
 

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Can I just remove the exhaust tips and remove the baffles? Nothing is ever that easy? I really do appreciate any help.
Buy headers and a mid-pipe and dump the catalytic converter. Don't remove the baffles until you do that....you may like the way it sounds with the cat gone.

Plus you will lose weight and gain a touch of HP. Just taking out the baffles is a waste of effort with the cat in place.
 

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Buy headers and a mid-pipe and dump the catalytic converter. Don't remove the baffles until you do that....you may like the way it sounds with the cat gone.

Plus you will lose weight and gain a touch of HP. Just taking out the baffles is a waste of effort with the cat in place.
I'm guessing this is going to be expensive? Does th cat have to be replaced with a link pipe? Is there an exup valve? What about an air injection system?

Apologies for all the questions but it's quite hard to find the information I need.
 

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Forget about the second air (air injection) system. It has ZERO affect on power and isn't worth the hassle (or cost although it is minimal).

Headers and mid-pipe (link pipe) will cost a bit. Certainly less than a full system. The headers from an earlier model may fit, but I don't know for certain.

I don't think the F4 has an exhaust tuning valve.... if it does then the mid-pipe is going to eliminate that and you may need a servo-buddy or similar to turn off the fault code.

You do have a oxygen sensor, but that is an easy weld-in bung if needed.

If you get a ECU flash or replacement then the exhaust valve and the oxygen sensor can be eliminated in the mapping.
 
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