990 Baja rear decal - anyone remove theirs?

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  1. grant22

    grant22 Been here awhile

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    I'm wondering if you remove the baja decal on the rear side panels, is it sporting the 2012 painted graphic underneath? Anyone here know?

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  2. armourbl

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    I haven't done it on my bike. I would think if you removed it you just have a blank white panel there.

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    Not 100% sure on the new bikes. On the older bikes, the bikes are painted, then decaled, then cleared. So, my guess is that when you review the decal, you will see the outline where the decal was, and there will likely be color but no clear under the decal area.

    Some images in here show you what the tanks look like with the decals removed on a 950: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=631482
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  4. armourbl

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    To me the Baja looks like the sticker was added as a last step. When cleaning the bike, I can see the edge of the decal collecting dirt and leaving a dark edge. I've always thought this decal was clear with screen printing for the logos from the rear like dirt bike decals, but I'm not certain of this.

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  5. desert sky

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    They are large decals. The bike demanded I remove the decals and the bike looks better. Lame decals anyway. ds
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    I plan on debadging my Baja...DS any pics of yours without the stickers?
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  7. grant22

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    I figured since the baja is a bunch of left over 2012 white 990 parts, maybe the rear panels are like the 2012 underneath. I'm shit full of the baja dicoloring vinyl on the rear side panels, that's all.

    Desert Sky, was it just all white underneath, or were there any "990 Adventure" logos from 2012?
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  8. desert sky

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    Nothing underneath but nice shiny white plastic. ds
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  9. desert sky

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    990 adv.jpg

    013 990 Adv without the Baja rear stickers.
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    grant22 Been here awhile

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    I see that happening in my future. Thx for the pic
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    JohnnyWaffles Been here awhile

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    Very nice. That's a preview of mine right there:wink:....shorty windscreen, HDB mirrors/guards so no mirrors visible, high fender...Love it, nice and clean.
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  12. desert sky

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    Thanks for the kind words. But as we all know, once you define the bike's function, its form follows suit. Thanks, again. ds
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  13. Brown Town

    Brown Town Been here awhile

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    What did you use to get the sticker cleanly off and were you able to keep the stock wiring for the auxiliary lights when you did the high fender?
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  14. OrangeDevil37

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    use acetone to get the adhesive residue from the graphics off. works like a charm and quick and doesn't destroy anything.
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  15. advrider963

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    I used a hair dryer to warm up the stickers and then WD-40 to remove the little adhesive that was left. Removing sticker residue might be one of the best uses of WD-40. The panels were plain white. FWIW The Baja graphics on the front are clear coated over on mine.
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  16. NeptuneTriton

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    I'm having the same problem with my rear decals. They're peeling up on both sides at the front where my legs sit. They're also starting to discolor a bit, turning a brownish white, especially around the edges.

    IMHO, KTM went cheap on these. They're just big stickers that they put over the panels, they're not clear coated over top like the front end of the bike is. Mine may be coming off soon too.
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    i wouldnt say the graphics are cheap, its just that the graphics are in a high rub area. my baja is doing the same thing but its only happening when im wearing moto boots. if im going to work with work boots and such no rubbing at all. no matter what graphics you put on that fender panel, due to how it is designed, your gonna rub it off.
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  18. armourbl

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    I recognized this as a potential issue from the beginning and therefore got some Klim Mojave over the boot pants. Big leather panels on the inside of the legs. No boots rubbing the bodywork.

    I'm a big fan of Honda Spray Cleaner/Wax. I think using it will delay fade/color of the clear sticker.

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    I don't think it's a clear sticker. I think it's white vinyl/PVC which explains why it yellows or discolors in sunlight.
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