Go Back   Motorcycle Forum > Motorcycle.Com General Discussion > Motorcycle Mods and Maintenance

Thread Tools
Old 03-30-2011, 12:58 PM   #1
Registered Member
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 5
Default Paint modding my 09 Ninja 650r

I got a used Kawasaki Green ninja 650r a little while ago, and I was looking at improving the paint on it a bit. If you look at the blue version of the bike, they painted the rear suspension spring to match the fairings. I thought it looked gorgeous, and I can't believe they didn't do it for the other colors. So, I'm wondering how much of an undertaking it's going to be to get that rear suspension off the bike. I've only done minor work to the bike so far (removing the fuel tank, installing an alarm, etc), so if this is going to be a pretty serious job, I might have to hold off. Any thoughts, or has anyone else here tried it before?
neo1piv014 is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links Remove Advertisements
Motorcycle Forum
Old 03-30-2011, 02:12 PM   #2
Founding Member
12er's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: SF
Posts: 2,801

Since the spring moves just painting it will result in it flaking off. Sounds like its more trouble and expense than its worth. Just to take the shock apart and have the spring powdercoated I think you'd be better off looking at a new mo betta shock for the money.
12er is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2011, 02:16 PM   #3
Morbo the Destroyer
Registered Member
Morbo the Destroyer's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,307

have the spring powdercoated

Fun Facts to Know and Tell!

Thomas Jefferson wrote that the 1st Amendment erected a "wall of separation" between the church and the state (James Madison said it "drew a line," but it is Jefferson's term that sticks with us today). The phrase is commonly thought to mean that the government should not establish, support, or otherwise involve itself in any religion.

Its.......A FACT!
Morbo the Destroyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2011, 02:41 PM   #4
Founding Member
pushrod's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Baja 'Bama
Posts: 3,642

Lots of masking tape and newspaper, and some "Plasti-cote" rattlecan paint from the hardware store.

I painted my 'skint-up' Ohlins YELLOW! spring silver a couple years ago, and it still looks the same as when it went on.

While the surface 'finish' isn't that pretty, who cares? It's regularly soiled by the rear wheel anyway.

Painting 'in situ' is a major PITA, as overspray is a real problem. But it's a heck of a lot easier than pulling the shock.

Now, if you wait until you have the shock out for another reason...
You would not understand,
this is not how I am...

I have become -
Comfortably Numb.
pushrod is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules

Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off