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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-26-2013, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going to Debadge My Classic

As with every bike I've begun to customize, I will be removing tank badges etc.

Question about debadging the cases . . Has anyone done it Succesfully? Are the Kawasaki logos etched, painted or what?

Your insight is appreciated.

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I debadged my whole bike this winter. The tank badges are a put on with double sided tape that is stronger then super glue. The etched on stuff goes away with a wire bush pretty easy. It looks pretty good when completed.


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i purchased mine debadged was kind of pissed when i finally noticed what was diffrent but love the look now.

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When I see a bike that has been debadged and does not have custom paint I assume it was wrecked and repainted and the person didn't have the $ or inclination to finish the job.

I love when the Harley guys saunter over to my Voyager and then have to lean in to read the badging on the tank, but don't want anyone to know that they find the bike interesting. LOL!

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Hey Moto...you ever ride that scoot?? I know you live in Canada but...just sayin!!
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Finally! Some Banter!

So the guy from Buffalo is dissing me about . . weather? Ironic. Still, there is some truth to what your saying. It's been a long winter and only in the last few days has it been really nice. I've only put 100 miles on it myself this spring since buying and beginning my mods. I'll get maybe 3000 miles on it this summer if all goes well.

Hey, at least you live in a great Hockey town, uhhh . . well, usually. I was born and raised in British Columbia, so I'm a Canucks fan through and through.

Ahhhh . . Starting to like the forum!


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Hey Moto...you ever ride that scoot?? I know you live in Canada but...just sayin!!

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Yup, not for everyone, just my thing. I've had my share of Harley riders saunter up to the M109. They can saunter if they wish. I keep the badges for resale. Oh . . and a carfax. : )


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When I see a bike that has been debadged and does not have custom paint I assume it was wrecked and repainted and the person didn't have the $ or inclination to finish the job.

I love when the Harley guys saunter over to my Voyager and then have to lean in to read the badging on the tank, but don't want anyone to know that they find the bike interesting. LOL!

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gees
we cant complian here
even winter is great riding
iv onlynhad my voyager 5 mnths and done 12000 km
would be more but have to teach the youngster to drive a car
you are all coming into riding weathe ,looking forward to seeing some pics of the rides
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Debadged The Engine Cases . . Great results!

OK, for those of you who love the fact you own a Vulcan, but feel like I do, that the "Kawasaki" on each engine case looks odd (What? No "Let the good times roll"?) heres what I did to a very good result.

1) Do Not use an abrasive of any kind . . not steel wool, no wire brush.

2) Mask off each engine case "circle" with the "Kawasaki" on it. Mask your lower frame beneath as well to protect painted finishes.

3) Wearing rubber gloves, ( I have disposable surgeons gloves) take a soft rag and dip it in some furniture stripper. The gel is the best as it's easiest to control.

4) Apply a generous layer on the area and leave it to wrinkle up the clear coat well.

5) After 15 minutes or so, use a heavy duty cleaner to get that stuff off. You may find that not all the clear coat came off and likely none of the "Kawasaki".

6) I washed the area with Lacquer thinner after the detergent and did a few times. It keeps the little remaining clear coat soft.

7) Use your finger nail or a nylon scraper to clean up any remaining clear coat and begin to gently scrape away the "Kawasaki"

8) After the logo was mostly off, I used a scratch remover and a polishing compound along with my drill mounted Power Ball polisher that finished the job and makes the case look better than it ever did.

Here's a pic of right side... Nice and shiny . . .
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someone mentioned carfax... I have 0 faith in carfax.... as it only lists reported accidents....not the ones that happen in the middle of the night and get fixed by a buddy so no one knows about it

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