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post #16 of 21 Old 11-08-2019, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Update...

Took off the swingarm for some new paint and later new bearings.

Removed the old paint. After that I used paint thinner wipe it down and to get rid of any traces of chain lube and grease. Coated it with Etch Primer, went over the swingarm twice. Let the primer dry for about 15 minutes between coats. After the second coat of primer I waited about 20 minutes and then put on the first layer of Black paint. Sprayed on three coats of Black with about 15 minutes between each new coat. I had planed to do four coats, but after the third coat I figured it won't get any better, so three coats of black paint. Came out nice.

Now I will let it dry for at least 4-5 days before I touch it. Once the paint has dried I will put in new bearings...

/Tom

Pic. 1. Swingarm looking kinda sad
Pic. 2. Silver paint removed
Pic. 3. First coat of Etch Primer
Pic. 4-5. First coat of black
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post #17 of 21 Old 11-09-2019, 12:32 PM
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Good job, will fit to paint.
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Awesome to see a 12 being appreciated. Haven't had a chance to read through the entire thread but going to make time to do so. Doing lots of riding here and today maintenance. My bike is also dry dock in the garage right now working on rear end as well.

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post #19 of 21 Old 11-09-2019, 08:27 PM
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Update...

Fairings are fitted as good as possible. Took allot of time and patience, but I am quite happy with how it turned out. I am still waiting for the postman to deliver the decals and some other stuff, so can't do much more right now... other than enjoy a cold beer for a job done great....

I do have a plan and "picture" in my head how my bike will look once it's all done, but I'm not gonna tell you, you'll just have to come back and check this thread if you wan't to know I will do some service at the same time I take the bike apart...

/Tom
Looks awesome. I don't know if I could have this kind of patience.
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Thanks! I do like to look of the fairings, and I think they will look really cool once I've added decals.. Here in Sweden it is impossible to find OEM fairings. Also the issue is that with age the plastic will become more brittle. I thought for a short moment if I should just paint the OEM fairings, but decided not to because they are so brittle and will only end up cracking. A have fixed (plastic welded) a couple of cracks in them already... Also the prep and paintwork of the OEM fairings would end up about same in cost....

I bought the fairings through Ebay from a "company" named "Sport Fairings". I actually believe all these "China" fairings out on the market are made by the same company and then just sold using different Ebay "dealers".

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Had also look at that companies fairings and saw some really nice ones. When you say brittle is the oem not sturdier/ thicker then the after market? My fairings are still very well in tact and if I had another set would not hesitate to paint it.

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Had also look at that companies fairings and saw some really nice ones. When you say brittle is the oem not sturdier/ thicker then the after market? My fairings are still very well in tact and if I had another set would not hesitate to paint it.
Cheers!

What I ment with "brittle" was/is that the OEM fairings on my bike the plastic has become brittle, probably because of UV light and well just because the plastic is old. Kinda like "dried out". And once an old fairing get a crack in it, no matter how many times you plastic weld or use super glue to fix it, it will keep cracking, probably not in the same spot, but close to it. Think this probably has allot to do with the environment the fairing has been exposed to, like leaving the bike to stand out side in cold/wet weather then baked in warm sunlight, etc..

My bike is an import from the UK, probably been outside in cold and rain, then in sunlight. And once it moved up North to Sweden it again was probably not kept in a garage with steady temperature. That is my theory of why the fairings crack so easy on my bike, though I have no scientific data to back up this claim of why... Also I guess the previous owners might have handled the fairings with no care when taking them off and putting them back on...

The OEM fairings are definitely thicker than the aftermarket ones.

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