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post #1 of 8 Old 11-21-2008, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone disassembled their KLR soley for the purpose of powdercoating the frame? My frame is so ugly(battery acid stains and some rust) I have to do it.....wondering if anyone has tackled it. I know it would look awesome in gloss black or gun metal gray. Raydog
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-22-2008, 06:25 AM
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Has anyone disassembled their KLR soley for the purpose of powdercoating the frame? My frame is so ugly(battery acid stains and some rust) I have to do it.....wondering if anyone has tackled it. I know it would look awesome in gloss black or gun metal gray. Raydog
Dont do it, apparently the steel is then prone to "sweat' and will rust under the powdercoat, have it on good authority from a local spares and 2nd hand bike parts dealer who has had first hand knowledge. Humpty
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-22-2008, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Dont do it, apparently the steel is then prone to "sweat' and will rust under the powdercoat, have it on good authority from a local spares and 2nd hand bike parts dealer who has had first hand knowledge. Humpty
What about just repainting then? Raydog
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-28-2008, 12:42 PM
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repainting is cool, as you can spray with any duco colour of your choice, most reputable body shops would do this for you and could prepare a custom colour of your choice. duco would have been the original product used, I think.
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-28-2008, 12:55 PM
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Almost forgot, if you have a rust problem, before spraying you could have the frame sand blasted and then electro plated with nickol or galvanise finish, do not hot dip galv as this will leave you with a rough finish and would need plugging or reworking of all threaded or mounting points. Just remember to degrease the frame thoroughly before applying an undercoat, self etch primer would be a great start. Good luck, Humpty.
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Thanks for the input Humpty....my experience with powdercoating has been so good over the years, bike frames, misc. parts, car parts, rtc., that I think I'll have it done by a local industrial coater. And the good news is that I just noticed the only unsightly part of the frame is on the rear subframe! A company named DualStar offers a subframe mod kit (bigger grade 8 bolts) so I'll just have to take apart the rear section....not the motor out! Since I'll soon mount rear aluminum panniers (Whitehorse Gear), I'll do it all at once.
Take care, Doyle (ps I just watched the DVD series "Long Way Down" that ends in Capetown....did you see it?)
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-01-2008, 01:23 PM
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yep, seen the dvd, read the book, all good stuff.
Just that the details of Africa sort of come to an end in Namibia and South Africa and Cape Town dont realy feature, might be because it was the end of their trip etc.
About a year ago my son and I did a 4500km (15 day) trip on all dirt roads into Namibia, he was riding my old Honda XL500 (1982 model) and one of our overnight spots was where Ewan and Charley would be overnighting on their trip, was amazing seeing the same camp site we had used, in their dvd.
Anyhow, was a great dvd, just thought too much footage on the pretrip planning, and Ewans wife joining in was a bad idea. hope the mods work out. Humpty
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My comments re: Long Way Down were the same as yours! And I did feel that they inadequately covered Capetown. I'm very liberal and pro woman's rights.....but for his wife to join in, it actually angered me...it would be like my wife coming to Laguna Seca with me for the MotoGp (every July for the last 15 years I meet my MALE friends for the races). Anyways, good chatting with you. Doyle
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