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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by KeithDommirider, Jul 31, 2007.
Dom in the Manheim auction dec 4 located in Rocky if your interested?
Does anyone have some nice modifications on the Dominator?
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I got myself some, Hyperpro expension's drive's fucking great!.
And the front fender for a high acerbis model, looks also great [foto is in a reply above]
Thats the issue I have with my 88, I got a black Acerbis 23 litre tank for the facelifted RD02 but ran into the same issues as you with sidepanels and rear guard and rack.
I have got some of the later fairings with the indicators built in and a new headlight surround and sidepanels but now have to chase down the rear guard and later version rack!
They are all different colours as well so unless I want a Noddy bike I have to paint them.
Any ideas for a good paint scheme?
I have a set of plastics that I fixed and sanded, and a local body shop wanted $1200 just to paint them! So now I will be doing them myself. I don't have much experience painting but it can't be that hard can it?
Its all about the prep. Make sure everything is as perfectly sanded and filled as you can get.
Yep I heard that the paint is only as good as the foundation. I've filled all the holes and sanded the fairings to perfection, but people I've talked to have all tried to steer me away from painting it myself. Apparently a spray gun is very difficult to get even coats with? The extra fairings I have are so junky anyway, I feel like I should just give it a shot.
Given a choice between 1200 and a few rattle cans, I would get the cans every time.
Practice, sometimes shops sell rattle cans in odd colours cheap.
Buy a few of these and practice on some funny shaped objects so you know how to keep the correct distance from a curved panel.
Generally lots of thin coats work better than thick ones that run.
If you start with primer then the topcoats should be easier when you get to them.
I agree with Bounder here and as was mentioned, get the prep 100% PERFECT.
Any small blemish will look 10 times worse while painting.
Are you painting with an air gun or rattle cans?
I would paint with an air gun, for a hell of alot less than 1200$ you could get a compresor, paint and air gun set.
Do a few test runs on old fairings form a breakers.
Prime, paint then lauquer and there are some good youtube tutorials and write ups on this subject.
Keep doing the old fairings until you have them perfect then attempt the actual fairings!
Try on paint them in a warm dry day and store them in a dry warm area to dry.
Then have a drink!
Thanks for the advice! I priced everything out, and I can do it myself, I only have to buy the gun and the paint. The problem is its winter here in the northeast, but at the paint store they told me even 50 degree weather is acceptable for painting. What surprised me was when I tried to color match the original "Astro Blue Metallic" paint. for 1qt it was $361. Honda dealer had a similar price. Kinda makes me look at the NX in a different way now - I thought it was just basic blue paint! I did like the yellow Camel bikes from the Trophy Cup video, so maybe I'll do it yellow or something else. I'll think of something, but the next few weeks are going to be spent getting those fairings sanded perfect.
If Honda still made the fairings, I def would reconsider painting old ones. But even websites overseas that sell fairings, don't seem to have a complete set in the same color. So even if I bought brand new fairings, I'd still have to paint!
No prob love that camel job!
Has to be done 100% BLUE FRAME!
Seat in blue too!
I didn't get to the fairings yet, but these are finished.
No one has mentioned residue. Please be very aware that you MUST remove all residue from your fingers, hair, dog, etc, anything that has touched those panels will leave an oily residue. Get the proper products to clean it or be very sorry. Good luck.
I had my fairings repainted few years back and Astro Blue was impossible to get here, A very close match and to my eye a nicer colour is Ford Mallard Green metallic.
Spraying is easy, just do thin coats but make sure it looks "wet" as you cover. When it just turns wet it is perfect, the next second you hold the gun too still it runs. hope this make sense. Definitely wipe with a grease, wax remover before hand.
another one for sale in Aus, Vic on ebay
I think the metallic green might look really good!
Ever since I had bought my dominator I have been mostly just working on it and servicing it.
One if the main problems of running was constant cutting out at idle and a huge flatspot at 2000-3000rpm.
As my exhausts had many holes in them I thought it was lack of back pressure.
After replacing the exhaust the problems still persisted. :huh
I had planned cleaning the carb as the next step, seriously you have to take most of the bike apart just to get at the carb!
The carb actually was very clean itself but the accelerator pump was seized solid.:eek1
After the accelerator pump put up a fight I managed to free it, clean it and lube it until the action was perfect.
Took her for a test drive and she drives perfectly!
I forgot to take pics of the carb so here is a pic of disassembly!
Once you loosen the carb, you can take it out the left side with some judicious wiggling.
What was the jetting in the carb?
this looks like it was done as a template...anyone have one so I can play around with color schemes?