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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-18-2012, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hey, sorry it took me a while to respond. I've been pretty busy over the last couple of days. The only thing that I painted myself was the BC Hog Slayers. The rest of it was done by the dealership's in-house paint shop. It's all powder coat. I ordered the bike in 2010 while I was out of the country and had a few months before my return so I sent them a photoshopped copy of a stock bird with everything I wanted blacked out. I had them do all of the work for me so that it would be ready when I got home then I added the Corbin seat shortly after...only recently did I start doing more to it. I've been working on bobbing out an Enfield Bullet which got me wanting to fix things on the Tbird that hadn't sat right with me since I got it. The TTbars are great and so are the Black ISO grips. I should get my new Hagon Shocks anytime and drop the rear end an inch....I'm pretty excited about that. I think it will be done after that and I'll post some updated pics.

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Ahhh... well, no idea what they've done there then. I've been told that you can't powdercoat headers because they get to hot, over 1200 degrees the powdercoat melts, so it must be ceramic or something.

I sure would love to be able to drop my bike off somewhere and say "powdercoat this part and this one..." that would be great!

Here is my plate solution - carved the big ugly bracket with my Dremel tool and mounted a plate using some LED light bolts to illuminate it. Much smaller profile, but could be improved on... as you have proven.


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I never got into detail with the paint shop as to what exactly they used. They just told me that they would powder coat everything. I've checked into getting things powder coated other places, too, and was told that they couldn't do headers. I think it depends on whether or not that specific shop has the ability to do ceramic powder coating which I think is a different type of paint. I don't know a lot about it, though, and I didn't question the results. I was happy enough to not really care..hahah. I'm just glad I didn't have to take all that stuff apart and put it back together myself. Your plate bracket looks a lot better than stock, too. I came really close to doing something similar to what you did, but decided that those turn signals needed to be moved and I didn't want anything covering that back tire so I went all out and just cut all of it off. Once you do that there's no going back!

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I've been told that you can't powdercoat headers because they get to hot, over 1200 degrees the powdercoat melts, so it must be ceramic or something.
You can't see the headers on the TBird, there are sleeves over the headers. That is why the "headers" never blue on the TBird, the sleeves never get hot enough. Likely the standard powder coat can withstand the heat of the sleeves.

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You can't see the headers on the TBird, there are sleeves over the headers. That is why the "headers" never blue on the TBird, the sleeves never get hot enough. Likely the standard powder coat can withstand the heat of the sleeves.
Ahhh! Really? That makes sense then.

I might have a buddy with a laser heat meter check the pipes next time I'm out. That would be interesting.

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