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bodi 11-02-2008 11:28 PM

Scratches on tank plastics 990
 
I was a little braver than I should have been on a large very steep hill climb and laid the bike down half way up the hill and got a few scratches on the orange tank plastics and also the back side plastics. SInce I was solo and half way up the hill it was a bit of a challenge to man handle the bike back into a position I could point it down the hill. Also broke both front and rear clear blinker plastics on left side but that is a easy fix.

I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions for buffing out the scratches. the ones on the tank aren't deep but the ones on the back plastics are pretty deep.

I can live with it and not worry but it sucks having a bike with little over 1k in miles looking so tough so quickly.

Also to add insult to injury I was getting hot in my Arai XD helmet and tried to put it down on the ground when I was holding my bike up and trying to keep the hand brake engaged. Needless to say that was a mistake and becuase the grade of the hill was so steep my nice helmet started rolling down the hill. It finally stopped after 300ft or so with some nice big dents and scrathes in it.. :cry Hindsight is 20/20 I guess.

Bodi

hooliken 11-03-2008 04:41 AM

Leave em be!! Nothing like a few battle scars on a bike to let ya know you are riding it! Lol! My philosophy on that is if you want a show pony buy a shetland!

But on a helpful note. I have seen rubbing compound and some plastic renew used to some success after a buddy looped his brothers brand new bike when he was not even supposed to be riding it. Oops!

charlie264 11-03-2008 07:23 AM

Gas torch
 
Iíve heard of using a gas torch to melt and blend scratches in. I would certainly test it out first before I would attack my own tank and preferably empty.

Katoom119 11-03-2008 08:02 AM

Pretty sure Autozone sells scratch removal paste. Never tried it but it might work on plastic. For the big scratches on the rear panel I've no idea. The torch sounds like it might work but it'd probably take a few trial and error's to get proficient using it.

Juan Loboe 11-03-2008 08:24 AM

Stickers...
 
That's why they make them...and you, in particular, having studiously rubbed your bike against a hill(hopefully rock strewn), have now earned the right to adorn your bike with some real cool ADV stickers.

Here you go:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=257578

dad2bike 11-03-2008 09:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by charlie264
Iíve heard of using a gas torch to melt and blend scratches in. I would certainly test it out first before I would attack my own tank and preferably empty.

Don't use a torch. These tanks are painted over the plastic. Not just colored plastic like the IMS or Clarke type tanks.
I finally gave up on scratch removal.

dirtdiver 11-03-2008 07:26 PM

Bummer there! My personal philosophy is if you don't want to scratch it don't use it! On the other hand it will be a pisser when I get my first scratches on my new bike. It's coming though!

steve

scorpion 11-03-2008 09:50 PM

Buy a tire instead :1drink

bodi 11-04-2008 12:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scorpion
Buy a tire instead :1drink

I am guessing you are suggesting a knobby tire. Well even on my wr450 this is a tough hill to climb. I just wanted to try it on the 990.

Bodi

dad2bike 11-04-2008 08:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bodi
I am guessing you are suggesting a knobby tire. Well even on my wr450 this is a tough hill to climb. I just wanted to try it on the 990.

Bodi

With the "try" statement and scratched tank means you didn't make it with the 950 either. Just wasn't meant to be. :eek1

maDDtraPPer 11-04-2008 12:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by charlie264
Iíve heard of using a gas torch to melt and blend scratches in. I would certainly test it out first before I would attack my own tank and preferably empty.

YIKES! Sounds like a recipe for an explosion to me. If your going to work with spark or fire around the tank you had better fill it with a non flamable gas - I welded a tank before safely by simply piping the exhaust from my car through the tank. My friend brazed his "empty" tank without taking measures and well he looked funny without eyebrows! (lucky)
Buy some stickers?

azkiwi 11-04-2008 10:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dad2bike
With the "try" statement and scratched tank means you didn't make it with the 950 either. Just wasn't meant to be. :eek1


Ouch. Rub a little salt in that wound!

I'm with ya, Bodi. I just had a 1.5mph get-off in the middle of a rock pile. What can you do ? Every ending is a new beginning. :dunno

dad2bike 11-05-2008 08:25 AM

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Originally Posted by azkiwi
Ouch. Rub a little salt in that wound!

I'm with ya, Bodi. I just had a 1.5mph get-off in the middle of a rock pile. What can you do ? Every ending is a new beginning. :dunno

I've hade more get-offs on my 950 getting on and off of it than riding it. The best one was my wife mounting and throwing her weight to the far side. Over we went. :lol3

pfb 11-05-2008 10:19 AM

Pretty much anything you try in terms of buffing, sanding, plastic welding, painting will make it cosmetically worse, not better.

Replacing the tank protectors if the scratches are low is cheap and fast.

New tanks would of course solve the problem but are uber-expensive, then you get to scratch them again.

Put a FYYFF sticker on and call it done...

HD 11-05-2008 01:27 PM

It's a big dirt bike.

I know it's painful the first time, but it's gonna happen again. And again. And again.

Personally, I wonder about someone with one of these bikes without any deep scratches.


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