The Custom Motorcycle Design Dilemma Go Billet or Chrome

The Custom Motorcycle Design Dilemma Go Billet or Chrome

There are many concerns that must be addressed when building a custom Harley chopper, like what type of frame to go with, or wide glide or springer front end, etc. Along with those building choices comes the decision to use standard billet parts or chrome.

Nothing looks like chrome, its shinny, flashy and really stands out, but on the other hand billet parts are just plain sexy, they look solid, and can be made to replace just about any external parts on your motorcycle, but the big drawback is it takes a lot of elbow grease and time to keep those aluminum parts in pristine condition, where as all you need to polish your chrome is a good lintless rag and some chrome polish.

While custom made billet parts are defiantly sexy and really make a bike truly standout in the crowd, it doesn’t take long for them to get dirty and faded looking and the only way to keep them looking brand new is to constantly keep them polished. Also keep in mind after a few years your billet parts won’t look as good as they used to and the only recourse at this point is to take them off and either polish them yourself or send them off to a pro polishing company and either way you go it is going to be expensive.

So why not go the extra mile and get those billet parts chromes before you even bolt them on to your bike? If you truly like the look of highly polished billet aluminum parts then that is good enough as long as you are willing to put in the regular labor required to keep them looking good, but if you want to give your bike a total custom look and reduce your maintenance time later then the only way to go is getting those billet parts chromed before they make it on to your motorcycle.

If you are just thinking about sprucing up an existing custom build then you may want to consider chromed billet hand grips or foot controls. There are loads of options and plenty styling choices giving you lots of options while trying to stay within your budget.


For those of you just starting your new custom build, now is the perfect time to rethink your options for custom billet parts; do you stay with what you have or consider switching to chromed parts?


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