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post #46 of 150 Old 07-30-2017, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Got her stripped down... I'm going to try to keep the stock tail piece in use. It's still perfect and I'd rather not mess with fitting the undertail to the new one if I don't have to.
Still need to get the carbon fiber stator cover to hide the damage from the crash... oops. Figured if it lived through a crash, didn't crack, and doesn't leak... no sense in breaking that seal. I've seen CF covers that just mount over the actual stator cover... good to go!
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post #47 of 150 Old 07-30-2017, 05:03 AM
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New set of ZX-14 mirrors... OEM is like $375/pair... got this pair for about $70 from a place called HTT Motor. The 14 mirrors stick out probably 2" more than stock 12 mirrors, which is what I wanted. Now I'll be able to see what's behind me, instead of just my elbows.
Hm, strange. I got the 12 mirrors OEM for about $50 a pair. I mean, I was so surprised by the cost I ordered the left side as well to match a brand new one.

Also, is that rear hugger for a 50 or 55 tire?
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Hi Connman you should know what is behind you as you just passed them

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Hm, strange. I got the 12 mirrors OEM for about $50 a pair. I mean, I was so surprised by the cost I ordered the left side as well to match a brand new one.

Also, is that rear hugger for a 50 or 55 tire?
True OEM? I found the 12's for about $150 EA, and the 14's for about $170 EA...?

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$151.27...
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$151.27...
They are original stock mirrors by Vicma I always thought they were OEM but I guess they're not then. Either way... They are as good as OEM and of the same quality.
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They are as good as OEM and of the same quality.
That's all that matters!

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Finished up the paintwork I wanted to complete. Just sprayed the insides of the plastics...because when installed, you can see a lot of the inner edges, and they didn't paint the insides at all (just whatever over-spray from when they did the outsides). Painted everything, but I just cleared the edges that would be visible. May be hard to tell in the pics...but they look a helluva lot better than they did. Not bad for a quick spray. ...and since they're the insides - No...I did not do any actual paint "prep"...just wiped them down.
Some before & after shots...
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only 4 pics per post... :/
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Tried to do good work on the upper... all of the inside where the mirrors mount is fully visible, so I wanted it to look right.
It's not perfect...but it's good enough for $400 plastics! Will probably shoot some more clear onto the edges tomorrow. Then sand.
I still have the small bottle of touch-up paint to get the stubborn spots...
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Headers off... VHT ceramic coating before the DEI wrap. 3 coats... looks so nice, I almost hate to wrap it!
Unfortunately VHT says it takes nearly a week for the ceramic paint to fully cure... and since the wrap will be wet when I install it, I'll need to wait at least a few days.
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Started fitting the plastics. ...I certainly hope everything fits as nice as this tail section. Absolutely *Perfect* fitment.
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Mate, I know I said try a black for the insides, but I think you have done a great job using the green, it certainly makes more sense when you can see certain parts of the inners along with the original green you have.

You know, I would personally leave the headers with the VHT Ceramic coating on them, without the wrap, as it does look clean and tidy! (just my thought though). If the temps didn't come down then I would apply the wrap too. I actually have bought a fair length of wrap but in the wide section roll, as I was going to wrap my Ti headers, then a little project called H2 got in the way!

If/when you do wrap can you post up your method and results as I will likely still do this.

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Cheers, Don!
Yeah, I started thinking about how many areas that you can see the insides of the plastics... the whole dash/nose area, upper edges of the lowers, down in front of the rear tire... since the stock plastic insides were green, I just went with it. My first experience painting... Now I wish I had some real paint equipment! It would be a fun hobby/side business.
I'll still wrap the headers and pipe to where the exhaust exits the lower fairing... I'd hate to melt them, plus I wasn't really aware of the benefits of containing the heat. I got a roll 2"x50', I'll post up plenty of pics ;)

I'm running into other things I wasn't planning on... like finding where oil is passing through the system after seeing the exhaust ports after header removal... I'll probably throw some new gaskets at it and hope for the best. Probably going to get some new rear sets too...always liked the Gilles, but they don't seem to make them for the 12 anymore... Same with a damper, Scotts is the only brand I can still find new. ...not big on drilling into the frame to mount it, but I've had a couple tank slappers that scared the crap out of me - I'd like Ohlins/Hyperpro... but having trouble sourcing them. ...not easy finding new parts for a 15 year old bike!

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I think you will find the 2" header wrap difficult to use especially on the primary tubes. I used 1" and started at the collector and wrapped each primary separate up to the head. Then I started where I wanted it to end on the mid pipe and wrapped just past the collector covering the primaries a few inches. Starting from the rear will put your laps facing rearward so they won't catch as much road debris.

You're making great progress and everything is looking good. Can't wait to see it all together.
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