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Old 01-03-2013, 09:05 AM   #72436
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Not to be the redneck around here, but I have done excellent painting work with just spray paint.
I used to HATE HATE HATE painting because I am a perfectionist so I went to all the trouble for a great prepping job and stuff, but then the paint would get scratched or marred or stained with gas pretty quickly. So much for all my hard work. However, I found some aerosol 2-part "2k" clear coat that is awesome! Tough, gas resistant, etc! It's a bit pricey, but I will use it for every bike related paint job I ever do in the future! Oh, it's made by Spraymax!
Very interesting, thanks Feelers.
I have checked with the auto paint shop where I have been getting supplies and they do recommend it too.
The price here is $25 a can...

I do like the simplicity of spray cans and I have lots of experience with them.

I just don't like the short life.
But with a good hard clear coat over it, that sounds good to me.
As you say, it will get scratched up the first time I ride it no doubt.
But this is my sumo street bike and will be ridden so I don't want to put a lot of money in the paint.

I think I will give it a try!
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:45 AM   #72437
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So, did you use the 35 watt or 55 watt and 5000k for bulb color?
Yes, 35 watt bulb, 4500K color temp. Higher than that gets TOO BLUE!

I have a complete install thread posted on Thumper Talk:
http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/817...p#entry9831942

Starts at post 29, page 2. Very simple.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:48 AM   #72438
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Agreed. I have the 35w 5k DDM hi-low kit, and while the color is ok to me, I would rather have gotten the 4500k.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:50 AM   #72439
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That was a problem I had on my KDX's years ago. I used to race enduros on them. They had the rubber cones and every time you fell and hit the bars with any force, they would twist like that. The solution was a metal "bridge" that was the right size to put all 4 handlebar clamp bolts through it and make it a one piece top clamp. (my KTM has it ) Then it couldn't twist like yours did. I wish there was a clamp like that avail for the DR. I ride mostly offroad and have had that twist happen. Fortunately while it's not a race, I can take the time to loosen the clamps and straighten the whole deal. I have marked my bars with a scratch mark where they line up with the clamp so I can get them back into the correct position without any trial and error.
I've twisted my rubber cone dampers several times from falls. I've never bothered to take anything apart. I simply put the handle bar against the opposite stop and push. Now go back to center and see how you did. Need more? Go too far? It's all easy to adjust. But riding is the key. Get on the bike ... make sure everything is straight while riding. If either the forks or rubber cones are tweaked ... the bike will track off center, and the bars may appear not centered. They BOTH need to be centered up.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:19 PM   #72440
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So after a good test ride with the heated grips this morning in <10 degree weather, I've decided that heated grips are going to be mandatory on any bike I own in the future. If you don't have them, they're worth it.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:24 PM   #72441
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So after a good test ride with the heated grips this morning in <10 degree weather, I've decided that heated grips are going to be mandatory on any bike I own in the future. If you don't have them, they're worth it.
< 10 in NM? The news doesn't have anything about Hell freezing over!

As I get older I have decided I just don't want to ride bad enough to ride in below freezing! They would be nice on those days it gets cool and you forgot to pack the cold weather gloves!
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:39 PM   #72442
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Very interesting, thanks Feelers.
I have checked with the auto paint shop where I have been getting supplies and they do recommend it too.
The price here is $25 a can...

I do like the simplicity of spray cans and I have lots of experience with them.

I just don't like the short life.
But with a good hard clear coat over it, that sounds good to me.
As you say, it will get scratched up the first time I ride it no doubt.
But this is my sumo street bike and will be ridden so I don't want to put a lot of money in the paint.

I think I will give it a try!
Awesome! It does make for a lot easier and cheaper job with no cleanup. One reason I hated painting with aerosols is because the paint always sucked. I've tried many. Most of the acrylic enamels (most paint available) never really fully cure, which makes them a pain to use, a pain to cover, and takes forrrrrevvverrrr to get a finished product. I sprayed a second coat of the exact same paint 2 weeks after the first coat and there was a major reaction and it all bubbled up. It reacted with itself... They sure advertise the hell out of it though to be tough and chip resistant. Yeah, no crap! It's hard to chip something that isn't fully hardened.

Anyway, most recently I used duplicolor lacquer as the base coat. Supposedly, it's not as durable as acrylic enamel, but it sprayed and went down beautifully, and doesn't take over a week to cure while dust and bugs get in it. And, I was covering it with the spraymax 2k clear anyway. So, instead of a crap job that took over two weeks, I had an excellent job completely dry and finished in under 48 hours.

My point is just that acrylic enamel bites a big one.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:40 PM   #72443
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Sage advice.Advgrifter

I also have the DDM 35 watt 4500K bulb set-up. It's just easy, like these folks are saying, better light, and nice to have the extra 20 watts for heated gloveson my DR.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:42 PM   #72444
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< 10 in NM? The news doesn't have anything about Hell freezing over!

As I get older I have decided I just don't want to ride bad enough to ride in below freezing! They would be nice on those days it gets cool and you forgot to pack the cold weather gloves!
The DR might not get great mileage compared to a 250, but compared to my car, it saves enough money driving 40+ miles a day to work and back on it instead of in the car. I still won't do snow or ice, though.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:56 PM   #72445
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i've read their FAQ so why the 35W DDM kit vrs the 55w?
just to save 20W? obviously the 35w kit puts out a ton of light but will the 55w put out even more (if saving those 20w are not an issue) and not damage the DR housing? anyone here run the 55w kit?
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:08 PM   #72446
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Yes, 35 watt bulb, 4500K color temp. Higher than that gets TOO BLUE!

I have a complete install thread posted on Thumper Talk:
http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/817...p#entry9831942

Starts at post 29, page 2. Very simple.
so you used only the low beam kit on the DR and that is more than enough light have the low option only?
http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/817...0#entry9193868
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:09 PM   #72447
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Agreed. I have the 35w 5k DDM hi-low kit, and while the color is ok to me, I would rather have gotten the 4500k.
can you comment on the low vrs hi beam light spread?
adv grifter is only running the low.
do you ever use the hi and if so is there any up close light spread in addition to long distance light?

either of you guys have a relay in place too with this kit?
i have an eastern beaver relay and considering this kit.
how's long term evaluation/reliabilty going?

thnx
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:14 PM   #72448
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Not meaning to be presumptuous, but have youse guys seen this? Credit where credit is due, this guy is having a great time .
http://drriders.com/topic326.html
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:33 PM   #72449
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And the DDM kit comes in 3K too... I hate the look of blue-white lights, and they are worse for glare in mist, I believe.

At under $30 for the 55watts it's probably worth a try.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:11 PM   #72450
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Not meaning to be presumptuous, but have youse guys seen this? Credit where credit is due, this guy is having a great time .
http://drriders.com/topic326.html
Hiya George, thanks for the link. That guy has posted some great photos of his country.
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