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post #41 of 46 (permalink) Old 10-21-2012, 07:16 AM
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I'm not a fan of the matte black movement but I gotta say, I love Pacomutt's air cleaner. Did you mask off the center or peel it off after it dried. I really suck at masking but I'd love to try this mod.
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I wonder how that would look on the 1700s dog bowls?

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I'm not a fan of the matte black movement but I gotta say, I love Pacomutt's air cleaner. Did you mask off the center or peel it off after it dried. I really suck at masking but I'd love to try this mod.
I masked it off with blue painter's tape. It was the 3/4" wide stuff, so it was harder to get the edge into a circular shape, but it just took a little patience. after spraying and drying, I used a new box cutter blade to lightly score around the tape edge. If you don't do this, the rubberized paint will be lifted from the unmasked areas and you'll be doing it over.
I'm sure that sanding the chrome to rough it up, and then spraying with regular paint would be more durable, but then it would be permanent. I used Plasti-dip so I could remove it if I didn't like it.

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Is anyone else bothered by all the plastic on the VN900? I have a hard time convincing myself that the bike isn't trying to be something it's not, sporting all the chromed plastic the bike does. The chrome plastic "primary drive" cover on the left side of the motor is the WORST, it reminds me of those cheap bicycles they sell at WalMart that have a plastic "engine". I'm seriously considering reducing some of the more blatant chromed plastic on my bike by just taking it off and painting the part they are trying to hide (rear fender struts) or making my own aluminum covers (fake horn cover that actually covers the coils, belt guard, etc). Other parts, I'd just paint (gauge cover, left side engine cover) to minimize their "cheesiness". Have others done this? Links to threads? Or am I the only one this bothers?
Yamaha V-star 950 has pretty much everything metal, fenders and covers.
but its heavier and slower, not as pretty as VN900.
so pretty much you gain you lose situation. At first i don't like all that plastic on 900, but now i love it and its easier to mod or cut any parts.

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For anyone interested in the durability of Plasti-Dip, my wife did a "stress test" (long story), I was surprised how well it held up.
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That looks sharp. Nice job!

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That looks sharp. Nice job!
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