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Engine dress up covers?

I have found some pictures on the net of Vulcan engines with additional chrome covers, like on the LH side over the starter area. Yet I have not found a supplier for these products. Anyone know of where to find these accessory covers?

Which also got me thinking, I have always liked the looks of the Vulcan engine, much more trim looking than the huge cases of a Harley, which is due to the primary drive being separate from the engine crankcase. I have always thought the 1200 Sportster engine was the best looking of the big Harleys. But also, I have always felt the left side crankcase chrome cover on the VN1600 was, well, too plain looking. Seems it would be a ripe product pick to dress up the left side of the engine.

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Maw Kaw used to make an inner engine chrome cover...
Since the 1600 was discontinued like 10 years ago or so...
I have yet to see one come up for sale...


Seems anyone who has one ain't willing to part with it.
Who could blame'em ???


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If you have a chroming shop in town, which I'm sure you would in Green Bay, you can have them chrome the one you have now for you. Here in Saint Louis it would cost me about 30-50 bucks depending on who did it. Here is a lead for you to get an idea. Company is in Brillion, WI , not too far from you.


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The inner engine cover for the 15 & 1600s, is plastic. I do not know of any plater that does plastic. I got lucky several years ago (when I had a 99' , 1500, classic), and found a factory chrome inner cover on e-bay. Gave the bike to my son 3 years ago and guess it is still on it. Only one I have ever seen.
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Oops, forgot about that. Microfinish here in Saint Louis, will do plastic parts also, but you are right, most platers don't offer that service. I included a link to a company that specialize in plastic chroming. I have no Idea what it might cost.You'll have check with them.


https://www.muellercorp.com/
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Oops, forgot about that. Microfinish here in Saint Louis, will do plastic parts also, but you are right, most platers don't offer that service. I included a link to a company that specialize in plastic chroming. I have no Idea what it might cost.You'll have check with them.


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Thanks for that link RetroBagger. I have just sent them a request for quote to plate an inner engine cover. Will post results.
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interesting, what do you mean by "inner" engine cover? What I am referring to is the plain chromed left side crankcase/clutch cover shown in the attached picture:

Sure the left lower side of the engine is nice and clean, chrome, but just kinda bland. Not that I want to emulate a Harley, but their big ol' left side primary case makes it pretty clear what is going on in there. Even the much cleaner, leaner looking Sportster engine has more detail on the left side of the engine and primary.

Yes, Professional Plating is in Brillion, I used to live there. There is also Jewels Restorations (known for Thunderbird restorations) that does a lot of custom chroming. There are a couple more plating suppliers in Green Bay and I also know of other car restoration shops in our area (for Ferrari's) that do plating.
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The piece that the chromed left side cover attaches to is the inner cover. It is black plastic. Kawasaki used to make a chrome inner cover as a replacement for the black plastic.
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so you are saying the part behind the left side chromed cover is black? Not on my 03 VN1600.

are you talking about part 14091 in this diagram?

The one on my Vulcan is not black or chrome, it exactly matches the crankcase color, and I just assumed it was metal, aluminum or die cast of some sort. Surprised that its plastic. So the outer cover is also chromed plastic?
Its that outer cover that I was wondering if there were some way to add more detail on it, kinda plain.


Funny thing is, this all comes from a 30 year BMW rider who had very little concern for anything chrome, heh.
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Part #14091, If yours is not black, then it was most likely changed out for the chrome optional part

https://www.cheapcycleparts.com/oemp...engine-cover-s
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