I've seen a few threads asking how to clean your Baja. So you have had sooo much fun out in the mud bashing around. Then you start to ask yourself, how the hell will I clean this thing! Gassers are known to need to be cleaned more frequently then your electric/nitro friends because mud gets in EVERYWHERE!
I thought I would write up a little tutorial on how I clean my Baja 5b. The instructions are pretty basic, self explanatory. Here we go....
(Note: Whatever you do is at YOUR OWN RISK.
If you do this right, you should be fine).
Part 1 - Removal of parts
So first thing, remove the body and side panels.
Remove wing, 2 bolts that hold the rear shock mount onto the shock uprights.
Remove pins that hold the roll bars on and pull out the roll bar.
Remove pins that hold on the battery/receiver box, dismount servo and pull out the box.
Remove pins that holds down the fuel tank and remove the fuel lines from the carb (note - empty your fuel tank before doing so). And DO NOT push the primer bulb (you will know why if you push it). Apply choke or add a fuel filter maintenance cap so no debris gets into the carb.
Remove the pin that holds the skid plate on and slide it out.
Remove the center roll bar support
Remove all 4 screws from the pinion plate and remove that.
Remove any screws that seems to hold down the engine, once remove the engine should come out. (That includes the 3 on the bottom of the chassis)
So Part 1 - Removal of parts is finished! Now on to Part 2 - Engine cleanup.
Part 2 - Engine Cleanup
So I'm a big fan of Motomaster's tools & parts cleaner (Only found in Canada?) and that stuff works great! It cleans the pipe up real nice. Just spray that stuff on a rag and clean it...
To clean the pipe's stinger, you can use a few q-tips or take your rag, twirl it up and stuff it in no more than 5 cms and move it around.
The carb, I sprayed some cleaner on it, let it degrease and wipe it off with the rag.
Just look at that shine!
The flywheel is a little bit technical and a pain in the rear. I sprayed the cleaner on it and took the rag and manouvered it around and tried to get it as clean as I could.
The engine head itself, pretty simple, spray the cleaner on it and clean it up.
Now for the pullstart, you could take it apart and get the spring and all the internals clean but I didn't bother. My pullstart seemed to be pretty good at this time. I actually used Goo-gone and cleaned it that way, then polished it with Plexus cleaner.
So that is basically it for engine cleanup, I got all the little grooves and such cleaned out with my air compressor (best tool to have on hand!)
Part 3 - Chassis cleanup
So what I will be used to get rid of all the grime from the chassis is Simple Green
. It works great. Now since my pressure washer has been put away for the winter and the hose is frozen, I had to use the sink.
So I have just sprayed on the Simple green (or use any degreaser you choose that will not affect anodized aluminum). Then I just let it sit for 1-2 minutes and then scrubbed it with a sponge.
Part 3 - Wheels & Tires
Cleaning the wheels and tires is pretty easy. Just put some tape or a sticker over the breathing holes in the wheels.
Then rinse with water...
Spray them with soap!
Now look at them! Air compressor to the beadlocks and add WD-40!
Part 4 - Other parts
Basically the same method as the tires.
- Rinse the parts
- Spray soap on parts
- Scrub the parts
- Wash off the soap
But.... For the gas tank, Plastic bag under the gas cap so no water gets inside of the gas tank.
Soap it up! Let it sit for about a minute then scrub the parts. Then just wash all the soap off.
Most aluminum parts can be cleaned with a dry cloth.
Part 5 - Reassembly
The engine can be reassembled with those 8 screws.
Gather all the parts together and get your tools ready!
First thing is mounting the engine, basically mount it like you removed it.
Screws in the bottom aswell
Then mount the roll bars.
Then mount the shock mount.
Center roll bar.
Don't forget your throttle/brake linkage
Pinion & Spur plate
Now put in your spur gear with the C-clip, I use a flat head and a hammer if needed.
Now to mount the gas tank
Make sure your fuel lines are in the right places!
Add your air filter if needed
Mount your tires and you should be ready to go, if not... get it ready!
And remember... A Clean Baja is a happy Baja!