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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 ???


Post back if you find any, I wouldn't mind havin one too !!!


Ride On !!!
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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.


https://www.muellercorp.com/
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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Was excited at the prospect of this little project...
Just received a rough quote from Terry at Chrome Plating Specialists...
$200 -$225...
Ouch,
chrome is my favorite color but mine is staying black unless someone else can get a cheaper quote...

Kaw part #K53020-196
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#K53020-196A for the
chrome version...

Sold new for around $120...

Ride On !!!
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Since I am new to the Vulcan realm, I just assumed the inner left hand engine cover was stock in the pictures of my bike. The PO must have painted them or got them done, cause the color looks very close to the crankcase color, and very clean too.

I recently read something about a new chrome "paint" process:
Spectra Chrome ... Advanced "Spray-On" Chrome Technology

Also, Eastwood advertises a chrome paint process.

But, is either one as lustrous and durable as real chrome plating? May be ok for some parts that are not in direct view, but larger flat or rounded surfaces may be iffy in chrome paint.

Now that 3D printers are getting almost common enough to have one at home it may open all kinds of options for custom parts. A friend of mine bought a 3D printed on ebay for less than $1000, and he uses it to create all sorts of custom parts for models and gaming parts he designs. Trick is creating a 3D scan of a part you already have in order to modify the 3D file for a custom part.
 

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Was excited at the prospect of this little project...
Just received a rough quote from Terry at Chrome Plating Specialists...
$200 -$225...
Ouch,
chrome is my favorite color but mine is staying black unless someone else can get a cheaper quote...

Kaw part #K53020-196
or
#K53020-196A for the
chrome version...

Sold new for around $120...

Ride On !!!
Luckymann77
I have been unable to find any listing for the part #K53020-196A as being chrome. However I have found it listed as part #K53020-196 EGL
Could you tell me where you found your part # listing?
 

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Reminds me of the time when I was fixing up my old hot rod truck. I either bought everything I could find in chrome, or pulled parts off to have them chromed. One thing I could not find in chrome that was showing was the power steering pump. I ended up trimming reflective mirror tape and applying it carefully. I always thought it was hilarious when the hot rod guys would point it out because they couldn’t find a chrome power steering pump, and I would tell them it was just mirror tape :)

Seen here under the alternator.
 

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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.
Received a reply from Mueller company this morning.

My request:
Kawasaki 1500 inner engine cover oval shaped 19" x 9" x 4 Approximately 1/8" in thickness. Would like to have chrome plated

Reply:
Hi Bob,

We have a $250 minimum that would be the cost.

Best Regards,

Glenn Mueller
President
Mueller Corporation
 
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