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Old 04-20-2014, 10:22 PM   #1
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New Shadow, new look

Hey all, I am happy to announce that after nearly a year of being without a bike to ride I have sold my old shadow do to a punctured oil pan and bought myself an 04 Aero!

I am pretty stoked about it, and I am already doing some cheap things to get it to look nicer. It was my cousin's, and I got it for a pretty good price with only 8000 miles on it.

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Not to bad, but sadly the owner before my cousin cut the rear fender and it doesn't look as good. Completely stock other than that. My plans for it are relatively mild. I am going to make it a commuter so bags, fairing, apes, footboards, highway bars, etc....

My next post here in a minute or two is going to be my plasti dip paint job that I am in the process of doing right now. Best paint job you can get for 20 dollars!
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Plasti dip
Old 04-20-2014, 11:13 PM   #2
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Plasti dip

I decided to do a plasti dip paint job. All black. My paint job and my fake chrome looked terrible on the bike so I decided to spice it up. So i did plasti dip. It has turned out great so far! a little pulling when i took the tape off but that was because I am impatient and took it off too soon. But here are some pictures.

Took all of the things that I am painting off of my bike except for the tank (full tank of gas.....) and the forks and front turn signals.

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Then I taped off the bike in all places that might get overspray...

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After that I prepped the parts by cleaning them with a dry car wash solution I had laying around.
Then I went to town....
First few coats...
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Oh and don't forget to keep track of your bolts!
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After a few more coats...
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Finally, I let the final coat (5) sit for an hour, then I took the paper off so I could do some touch up.
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and I did a small mock up with parts I didn't have to touch much...
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I think It looks pretty good! It took 3 hours total. I am letting it all sit overnight. The can said wait 30 minutes between coats, I just went from part to part in a circuit and since it was an 80 degree Texas day everything dried pretty fast.

WARNING! When taking any tape off when the tape is close to or touching the paint like how my tail light is, go around the border with a small Awl or something like that to make sure it doesn't pull at the paint. Remember, it is basically rubber so you have to keep that in mind. KEEP YOUR HANDS CLEAN.

I have a safety inspection tomorrow that I need my bike together for, but afterwards I will be putting a clear coat on the tank and possibly everything else if it doesn't look right with the tank just being sprayed. I am doing this because Plasti dip doesn't mix well with rubber. So keep that in mind as well. Alright, I'm going to bed. Let me know what you guys think!
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Old 04-21-2014, 03:35 PM   #3
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Probably would have been less work to take the tank off than to tape everything off. Would have also advised to pull the trees since you were going to paint and replace the steering stem bearings.
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Old 04-21-2014, 03:49 PM   #4
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Taping didn't take too long, and I didn't want to bother with draining the gas out of the tank. I would like to maintain as much of the bike as i can but i will have no money as soon as i register it and title it in texas. They are charging 180 bucks not including a 90 dollar new resident tax....
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:55 PM   #5
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So it has been about a week since i registered the bike. It left me flat broke so i'm waiting on my paycheck. So i did the AIS delete that is on the how to guide. It does indeed deepen the exhaust note on the high end but it sounds the same when idling. I decided not to clear coat the plastidip because it is already peeling in certain areas. But it will work until i can buy a paint gun for my candy paint job.
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:08 PM   #6
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it looks purdy good.. i think clearing the plastidip would have been a bad idea either way the acetones in it would probably reacted badly with the softer plastidip but liking the flat look on the bike
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Old 05-03-2014, 12:36 AM   #7
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Here is a picture of it all put together...
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This last week was spent cleaning up the shop. Some before Photo's...
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I'll leave my millions of viewers in suspense for the night as to how the clean version of my shop looks until I can take pictures tomorrow.

I also drilled two holes in the back of the fart cannon to increase the exhaust volume just a tad. Nothing radical, just so I can actually hear the revs once I get past 45 mph. I haven't tested it out yet, but I will tomorrow for sure.
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Old 05-03-2014, 12:41 AM   #8
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I am saving my bucks for some tsukayu goodies to put on the bike. Mainly a fairing and some bags.

something like this bad boy



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Old 05-07-2014, 12:48 AM   #9
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took longr than anticipated to get the photos up.

my new clean shop!
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Bike looks good, never have used plastic dip.
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