Vinyl protection stickers or something for side panels near knee height

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  1. QMan

    QMan prof. dirt mover

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    Hi,

    I wonder if it exists... vinyl protection for the place where my knees go... I notices when doing serious offroad the paint eh, starts to fade :p

    I had it on my enduro's, on my Katoom... wonder if it exists for teh beemer :D

    Thanks,

    Dom
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  2. DWS

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    Helicopter tape.
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  3. ride2little

    ride2little Riding Like the Wind

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    I haven't seen anything pre-cut. But you can go out there, either on-line or to you local window-tint place and get a couple of small sheets of 3M paint-protection film.
    I have it on the front of my FJ Cruiser and had some on the front of my Duc. Works great!
    I don't have any on the GS. Since there's a "GS" there now.
    Another idea is to contact the fellow who is cutting decals fr our beloved machines. He may also be able to get you something, even colored if interested in that (black comes to mind).
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  4. oclv454

    oclv454 Been here awhile

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  5. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    There is a guy on flee bay that sells it pre-cut, but it was over $100 if I recall. I emailed about buying just the top piece for the air box cover so my tank bag don't mess it up. That alone was over $50.00 so I passed. I have been looking in the local stores for it but I might need to just buy some on the net and cut my own.
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  6. toro618

    toro618 Long timer

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    What you may wnat to use is clear protection that will not fade to yellow. Open wheel race cars use 3M sheets on thge nose and front wings , and sometimes used to protect sponsor logos.

    I use them and know for sure they do not fade.
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  7. ride2little

    ride2little Riding Like the Wind

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    Been on my FJ almost 4 years and over 100K miles. Still looks like it did when I had it installed.
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  8. CSL3

    CSL3 Claude the Adventurer :)

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    There's always these things from Wunderlich? (if you like the "carbon look")

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  9. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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    I use Snider's Paintguard http://www.snidersproducts.com on my F800ST. It's good for under a tankbag and has been good for protecting the tupperware from knee rubs. Don't know how good it would be on a DS where you're knees are really giving the paint a workout. Not too expensive.
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  10. The Griz

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  11. oclv454

    oclv454 Been here awhile

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    I found a product by TechSpec. It comes in a sheet, sort of rubberized on one side and self adhesive on the other side. They have pre cut ones for lots of bikes, but at the time didn't have one for the F800GS so I just got their standard sheet material. I traced where I wanted it to go on a sheet of paper, then used this to cut the actual material. Worked out great. It not only protects the side, but it is grippy which I like as I use my legs a lot when I am trail riding.
    http://www.techspec-usa.com/overview.html This might take you there, but if not, just google Tech Spec. oclv[/QUOTE]


    I just went to the TechSpec website. If you click on the tab for "customer bikes" (or something like that) there is a photo of a F800GS. It's not mine, but same color and he cut his nearly identical to how I cut mine. I am totally happy with this product. Works great, and is not only cosmetic but functional when you are standing.
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  12. QMan

    QMan prof. dirt mover

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    Holy cow, thanks for all the responses... I'll go for the 3M sheets I think and cut them myself... Might be the best option! :evil

    Thanks everyone!
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  13. TowPro

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    Thanks Griz, that was what I was looking for.
    Now to attempt to fit it to the compound curve under the tank bag :huh
    Might as well install the other 2 sheets where my knees rub.
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  15. levity

    levity nano-Adventurer

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    Here's the "snakeskin" material from Techspec as a small gripper/protection pad on the faux-tank area on my GS -- works well and has held up well

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  16. Bayner

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    Yes, there's more curve to that area than you'd think just taking a quick glance. I did mine last summer, and it worked out okay (could be better). I couldn't get a satisfactory job done on the 'knee rub' area though. Plus the paint was already worn half off so I said screw it. Post up some pics when you get it completed please...
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