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    Steering nozzle?

    Is the steering nozzle aluminum? Just wondering as I was thinking of polishing one if it is.


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    i would think so. take a strong magnet to it.

    no stick = steel
    semi stick but not enough to hang on = stainless steel
    nothing at all = alumium

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    Quote Originally Posted by mibunkerking View Post
    i would think so. take a strong magnet to it.

    no stick = steel
    semi stick but not enough to hang on = stainless steel
    nothing at all = alumium
    magnet sticks to steel
    magnet doesnt stick to stainless, unless it is poor quality
    magnet doesnt stick to alumium

    your nozzle is alumium as long as its stock

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    Magnets will stick to some grades of stainless. I can't remember exactly, but it seems like 3000 series is non-magnetic and 4000 series is magnetic. If the nozzle was stainless (I'm pretty sure its aluminum), then it would probably be made from cheaper, non-magnetic stainless. I think the level of magnetic "stickyness" is proportional to the carbon content in stainless. More carbon, more cost, more magnetic pull.

    Now I get a shooting star above my head and "The more you know" banner. Hehehehe

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    One more thing, I believe the nozzle is anodized to keep it from corroding. If you sand and polish it, it will oxidize and look terrible after a while. You would have to coat it with something to seal up the metal from the elements. I like the idea, but seems like more trouble than its worth.

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    +1 on the anodized aluminum. Not steel, not stainless (and yes, most cheaper SS will stick to a magnet-it will rust a bit too, but not as bad as steel).

    You can paint it, I know but never thought it would polish worth a shart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark22 View Post
    Magnets will stick to some grades of stainless. I can't remember exactly, but it seems like 3000 series is non-magnetic and 4000 series is magnetic. If the nozzle was stainless (I'm pretty sure its aluminum), then it would probably be made from cheaper, non-magnetic stainless. I think the level of magnetic "stickyness" is proportional to the carbon content in stainless. More carbon, more cost, more magnetic pull.

    Now I get a shooting star above my head and "The more you know" banner. Hehehehe
    I work with all kinds of stainless and exotic metals...You, Mark22 get the shooting star adward for being spot on with your analysis.

    Have a good one

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    When I broke my trim ring awhile back, I found a nozzle, ring, and ventri for a dollar on eBay. One of it's owners had the trim ring powder coated white. Really made it look good since it matched my ski (95xp).something to think about if your trying to improve the look of your ski. I will post a pic when I get off work.

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    The carbon content makes it more magnetic? Is Carbon not inert?

    I would think the amount of Ferrous metal would do that. More Ferrous would equal more magnet reaction, would equal more possible rust, would equal lower quality.

    I am no metallurgist, though....

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    here's a pic, sorry i don't have any of it actually on the ski.
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