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Belly plastics trading thread

I mentioned this in another thread, but this is a better idea.
I have a green V with the idiotic silver belly plastics. I'd like to trade them for black ones.
Perhaps your red or blue V would look better with these, and you realize you'll never get the paint to match perfectly if you do it yourself.
I'll pay shipping on my end, and you should pay yours. Flat, even trade.

Also, I'm not sure if there was a color option with black rearsets. If so, I'd like to trade for those as well.


Anybody else trying to do the same thing - feel free to use the thread.
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Thanks, mods.

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Yeah, I think black ones would look better on mine too.


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Heck yeah, it would!

Not to bash the ones that have already painted theirs. But, internally colored plastic parts never match ones that are externally painted.
And once you paint them, it will forever look exactly like what it is - a spraybombed piece of plastic that you were too cheap and lazy to correctly fix. Looks worse than if you had just left it alone.

By the time you find paint that will actually stick and hold up to gravel, do the prep work, etc - you might as well have stuck just them in a $7 USPS Flat-Rate shipping box.


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Besides, every scratch and chip just equals more paint, more work, more money and time. I personally hate painting something on a brand new motorcycle.
Might as well swap them and be done with it.
Not have to explain anything when you try selling it later.

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I have silver I would like to trade for black as well. I realize I'm 3rd in line, but I'm sure there are some red/blue owners taht would like the silver.
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Green '09' Good......
Silver header shroud Bad......
Make me fourth in line , if you please
There must be some "Michigan Red's" longing for Silver shrouds to truly complete the stylish look of their otherwise perfect "V's"........Bueller, Bueller.........

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Heck yeah, it would!

Not to bash the ones that have already painted theirs. But, internally colored plastic parts never match ones that are externally painted.
And once you paint them, it will forever look exactly like what it is - a spraybombed piece of plastic that you were too cheap and lazy to correctly fix. Looks worse than if you had just left it alone.

By the time you find paint that will actually stick and hold up to gravel, do the prep work, etc - you might as well have stuck just them in a $7 USPS Flat-Rate shipping box.


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Besides, every scratch and chip just equals more paint, more work, more money and time. I personally hate painting something on a brand new motorcycle.
Might as well swap them and be done with it.
Not have to explain anything when you try selling it later.

You don't gotta get all dramatic about it. Here's what I did, I think it looks good and I figure if it ever starts chipping I'll paint it again. It seems to be holding up well so far though.







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That looks great. Think I will just paint mine.

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Agreed, looks really good.

Did you do a lot of prep work, or just clean the plastic and spray a few layers?
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Painted mine. Looks great and I have matching touch-up should I need it when I go through the bike this winter as I do every season. None of the factory black parts match anyway.

Anybody else here who lives in the land of ice and snow that's ready to scream by February, dying to ride?

A series of cleanup, maintenance, update or simply sitting with my bike days helps to get me through. (It also eases my wife's stress level a bit)

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You don't gotta get all dramatic about it. Here's what I did, I think it looks good and I figure if it ever starts chipping I'll paint it again. It seems to be holding up well so far though.
I was having the same idea, but I had been thinking of Fusion in Satin Black. It looks very nice regardless of what the 16yo thinks.

The other option is Colorite in candy lime green.
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I'd still like to swap mine if anyone is interested.

Maybe I should just make a classified WTT thread.
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Agreed, looks really good.

Did you do a lot of prep work, or just clean the plastic and spray a few layers?

I only had a couple hundred miles on the bike when I painted them. I just cleaned them with some alcohol and painted them.
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I was having the same idea, but I had been thinking of Fusion in Satin Black. It looks very nice regardless of what the 16yo thinks.

The other option is Colorite in candy lime green.
Thanks, I actually tried the "Satin Black" on some scrap plastic before I painted them. The "Satin Black" is too black... ...sounds weird but the color just stands out against the other blacks on the bike. YMMV of course but that's what I thought.



...not trying to hijack your thread, sorry.
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Thanks, I actually tried the "Satin Black" on some scrap plastic before I painted them. The "Satin Black" is too black... ...sounds weird but the color just stands out against the other blacks on the bike. YMMV of course but that's what I thought.
Good info to know!
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Looks good-I may do the same. what is that color called?
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I used a regular Krylon black plastic gloss paint on my radiator guards, and it matches the tank surrounds and grab handle plastic rather well. I'm going to paint the little frame protector bits above the rearsets and the bellypan with the same color (the bellypan is a duller black).

I've done rattlecan jobs on a number of bikes - it looks good enough for me, although it probably won't fly at a Concours.

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Your paint job looks great. I have a green one also and am looking to change the color of the lowers.

Would you be so kind to let me know the color code/name for the Krylon Fusion paint you used. I can see a quick paint job in my bike's future.

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Bringing this thread back from the dead, I have a set of black plastics if anyone is interested. $40 plus shipping for the pair.


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