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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-28-2016, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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A new look

I changed out the pivot and radiator covers on my versys from silver to black and must say I am happy with the results.
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Big job, Maybe too big, but it would look nice with the frame and swingarm black too.
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I think it looks much better. Good job!
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Big job, Maybe too big, but it would look nice with the frame and swingarm black too.
I plan on owning this bike for a long time and that is most certainly on the agenda. The frame will most certainly be powder coated black and either the same for the swing arm or finding a black 650 swing arm.
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Big job, Maybe too big, but it would look nice with the frame and swingarm black too.
Not really THAT big, BIG Chuck
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I plan on owning this bike for a long time and that is most certainly on the agenda. The frame will most certainly be powder coated black and either the same for the swing arm or finding a black 650 swing arm.
you need to service the steering bearings, swingarm bearings, air filter, grease the electrical connections, check the valves...heck the bike is apart at that point, might as well go the rest of the way. easy, fast work, no special tools required. the slowest part of the job is carefully removing the numerous plastic clips so that they are re-usable. half day to disassemble, half day to reassemble. these are simple machines to work on.

those black plastic covers look great, y'all must have bought them cheap.
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If you like to diy (and save money!) think about painting your frame and swingarm (or anything else).

I used KBS Maxx (RustSeal) in Hot Rod Black on my rear rack, handles, brackets, and luggage racks. Very easy to paint. Cures quickly, with the moisture in the air, so outside is ok, don't need a paint booth (just a mask and lots of fresh air). Goes on nice and is VERY durable (I scrape my boots across my rack getting on and off all the time!) easy to clean, and you can touch up any damage if you do hurt it. No way to fix powder coat.


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https://www.kbs-coatings.com/KBS-Maxx.html

If you have ever used POR-15, KBS is the same type of coatings. In fact, KBS was started by one of the two who created POR-15.
I have used various POR products, and now several KBS ones, and I like the KBS products.
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If you like to diy (and save money!) think about painting your frame and swingarm (or anything else).

I used KBS Maxx (RustSeal) in Hot Rod Black on my rear rack, handles, brackets, and luggage racks. Very easy to paint. Cures quickly, with the moisture in the air, so outside is ok, don't need a paint booth (just a mask and lots of fresh air). Goes on nice and is VERY durable (I scrape my boots across my rack getting on and off all the time!) easy to clean, and you can touch up any damage if you do hurt it. No way to fix powder coat.


This stuff...

https://www.kbs-coatings.com/KBS-Maxx.html

If you have ever used POR-15, KBS is the same type of coatings. In fact, KBS was started by one of the two who created POR-15.
I have used various POR products, and now several KBS ones, and I like the KBS products.
Thanks Big Chuck! that actually looks like it came out awesome! Did you use a spray gun for that?
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Thanks Big Chuck! that actually looks like it came out awesome! Did you use a spray gun for that?
Yes, a very cheap one. I like to get the cheap ones from H. Freight, that way if I don't get them clean enough afterwards I am only out about $15. Sometimes you can get them on sale and use a coupon and pick them up under $10.
Just use them and throw them out!

I hung all the parts up outside on a nice day (back behind my sheds, next to the woods and away from the house or neighbors) on a line between two trees, used a good mask with particulate filters, and a small compressor (like for a nail gun).
Worked great, the KBS stuff is very forgiving, easy to mix, and cleans up with the right thinner (as long as you get it before it dries!).
I did use a very light coat of their self etching primer on everything first, and I think that helps a lot. Its cheap and easy to use too.

I like these types of paints because like the POR line, once they set up they are not affected by chemicals (gas, break fluid, carb cleaner), heck, I don't think paint stripper would do much to it. Pretty much have to sand or grind it off.

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