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Old 04-03-2018, 10:07 PM   #21
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Default Re: Finished Product? 2006 'Esmeralda'

Ok, so I wasn't finished. Actually did more stuff to the bike since the last post, can't stop won't stop.

-Renthal Ultra Lows w/ Progrip Dual Sport grips and Ariete bar ends (pretty much zero vibration now)
-LED front turn signals
-Integrated tail light
-Painted side panels
-Scottoiler (always trying to be like 370Steve)
-OEM flyscreen was just added today (I don't love it, but still on the fence... which is a shame because I thought this would be the be-all end-all screen for me. This bike just looks really good naked)

You can see the Scottoiler on the left side. I mounted it w/ the tie mount it came with to the main harness in the middle, routed the hose straight down, through the swingarm, then under the left side of the swingarm. I used 3M cable clips that seem to be holding up just fine.

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Old 04-04-2018, 09:22 AM   #22
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Looks good! Is that an OEM center stand??
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Old 04-04-2018, 02:07 PM   #23
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Zaz, not OEM, it's SW Motech and it's not just bolt-on. I had to grind my retaining bolt on the bottom in order to remove it from the left side of the bike. If you have a California bike, you also have to remove the evap canister, which is easy but not everyone wants it gone.

It's been very useful for maintenance. I think the only downsides are the installation and the fact that some engine cages won't work if they mount to the bottom bolt.
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Old 05-01-2018, 09:34 PM   #24
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New LED turn signals, styled after the EU Africa Twin's turn signals, but made in China. Note: I believe you cannot use the OEM Honda signals - the AT people tried and the voltage needs to be pretty specific or they'll burn up, costly at nearly $100 each. Search for "CRF1000L LED signals" to get a pair if you want.

By the way - for anyone wanting LED turn signals for the front of the bike - I believe most Honda's have the same ovoid-shaped base where they mount, and have two holes: one for the mounting screw and one for the wiring <oo>. The wiring hole in the rear is larger than the front hole. Most aftermarket LEDs will not fit in the forward hole, but block off plates for these bases block off the rear hole. Basically, in order to use block off plates, you'd have to drill out the forward hole, or buy LEDs that have a mounting base that has a very small diameter screw.

The LEDs I used are shaped to fit only Honda bikes with the same ovoid shape, same mounting screw - looks OEM.

Headers and part of the mid-pipe painted black w/ Rustoleum high-temp exhaust paint. Much better than the dirty bronzing that was going on before ����
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Old 05-03-2018, 07:08 AM   #25
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Looking good. What’s next on the list?
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Old 05-03-2018, 05:46 PM   #26
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Thanks, Joe! Most likely going to try to paint the wheels - I've got some Blitz Black paint leftover from a project that I want to use. It's a matte black that people use instead of the Harley black which costs like $50/can I believe?

Update on the headers - I tried cleaning them yesterday with a small bit of Goof Off ... I don't know what I was thinking, maybe that the heat-curing process made the paint impervious to removal? Spoiler alert: it doesn't. So I had to touch up one of the pipes, easy enough. I just put a plastic bag behind the pipe and sprayed it.

I've been looking around to see if there's any type of protective coating that I can apply to the header paint that will withstand the heat. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-04-2018, 07:03 AM   #27
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Other than wrapping material and ceramic coating I havenít seen anything that will hold up to the heat of a header.

Ceramic is cool but dulls over time if it exceeds a certain heat range.

A nice belly pan could help dress up that area of the bike.
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