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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cool Putting the Mesh on my Kat

So I went out last nite, to Tractor Supply, they dont have the gutter mesh at all..then I go to Lowes, and they dont have it in sheets, only sizes to fit gutters, so then I go where I was planning on going in the first place, Home Depot, and they were able to hook me up with a 10ft x 5ft sheet for $7.00 . So im good to go. Thats what I get for being lazy, should have just went to home depot in the first place.

So today, Im taking the plastic off the bike, and of course there is 50,000 allen bolts to hold it all on!! So here is the pics of my naked Kat. As soon as the other half gets home, we'll start putting on the mesh on the plastic. I could have started it now, but I left it in the truck of her car

Oh and of course just my luck, I get all the plastic off, and find out that my left headlight bulb is burned out on the low beam ..so now I gotta hit up our local dealer, Action Motorsports and pick up 2 new bulbs. I figure I might as well replace both of them since all the plastic is off. knowing my luck and past experience, when one bulb goes, the other isnt far behind. Also gave all the plastic a good washdown, and vacuumed out the cooler and rinsed it down too.
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See you should have gone to Home Depot like we all told you too. LOL We will be waiting for the pics of the job done. Hope you get it done tonight.
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Is that a camera phone?

I hear ya regarding the allen bolts, mine's the same way and I have very little bodywork.
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Always goto Home Depot first!! Anyways, beyond that I use a set of hyper white auto bulbs in the front of my 9R. They look better and are ALOT brighter! I get them from Murrays for about $35 for a set! Just a thought!




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I get them from Murrays for about $35 for a set! Just a thought!
Oh man, you're bringing up old memories now mentioning Murrays. I used to go to the one on Walled Lake all the time. Now it's Murry's Discount Auto and jewelry? WTF?

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So today, Im taking the plastic off the bike, and of course there is 50,000 allen bolts to hold it all on!!
I have to take off more than that just to change the oil and filter. That's why the dealers charge so much.
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yeah i've about had it with allen bolts for 1 night...got most of the mesh, its setting right now, in a couple more hours, I'll take some pics and put them up.

yeah, its a camera phone..dont have a digital anymore..and wanted to put the pics up..i'll try and borrow one for the finished product so its better quality pics.

Yeah, im definately looking at the hyper whites..love the look and the light is staggeringly bright!!
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Can't wait to see the finished product. It's gonna look great. Washing the plastic was a good idea.
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Can't wait to see the finished product. It's gonna look great. Washing the plastic was a good idea.

btw jdog, i was using the pics you put up awhile ago of the mesh, for reference. Thanks!

one quick question though, the most rear cutout, has some foam padding around it, ...did you have many problems with the expoxy messing up the foam cushioning ? those 2 small cutous are all thats left..the other 4 are finished.
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Duct tape??

Hey, I was just talking to a buddy of mine, told him what I was doing, he said why didnt you just use duct tape to hold the mesh on ???? I was like, wont that melt with the heat of the engine? he said he recently worked a friends bike who used it to hold on the mesh, and its been 2 years since the guy put it on, and hasnt had a problem since??
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Matt....Duct tape???? Not sure about that. I put mesh on one of my first bikes. And I used zip ties but that wouldn't work for your application.

I'm thinking JB Weld, maybe even a glue gun!! Also, as said before, any type of epoxy would work great!

Are these comments you are looking for Matt? If I was there I would love to help out with the mod. I love doing these type of cheap, yet cool mods!!!




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Matt....Duct tape???? Not sure about that. I put mesh on one of my first bikes. And I used zip ties but that wouldn't work for your application.

I'm thinking JB Weld, maybe even a glue gun!! Also, as said before, any type of epoxy would work great!

Are these comments you are looking for Matt? If I was there I would love to help out with the mod. I love doing these type of cheap, yet cool mods!!!

yup, thats what I needed to know..im using JB weld on it..I tried to find welders epoxy, but Home Depot was out of it!! and the JB weld was in such small tubes I had to buy 3 packets of it and still dont have quite enough to finish the last cutouts. Im gonna check out a few other places tomorrow morning when Im out getting the bulbs..and see if I cant find a bigger tube of the stuff.

I dont know about the duct tape either..I just assume not have to this again next season.

Update..the JD weld is nearly set..so by tomorrow nite, we should be back in business..just in time to rain on tuesday!!

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O yeah JB Weld is awesome stuff. Duct tape is too. But not for this. Duct tape is a "in a bind fix".

We used some radiator JB Weld on Twisty's bike once, on his radiator of his TLS in Toledo. He raced and drove on that JB Weld until the bike bit the dust like 2 years later. ROCK ON WITH THE JB WELD!!!




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Cool, thanks for the info chris!! Geez I hate knowing that I cant ride to work tomorrow! but atleast Im getting my first official mod completed. next up is that previously mentioned stock can..

oh yeah, working on that magnet as well to see if it really helps at the lights..just have to figure out where to mount it..
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Stage 2

OK, the project is 2/3 of the way done..just have 2 cutouts to put the mesh on tomorrow...ran out of JB Weld, so Im kinda at a standstill. Why arent Home Depot's open 24 hrs????

Ah well, here the pics up to date..and yeah, its still my crappy camera phone, but when they are done tomorrow, I'll have a digital camera to take the final pics of.
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So far, Im quite pleased with the way it looks !!
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Dude. That looks sweet as hell. I can't wait to see it tuesday.
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That looks really nice Matt. Did you use all JB Weld or what? Hopefully I can come out and see it first hand!!!




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That looks really nice Matt. Did you use all JB Weld or what? Hopefully I can come out and see it first hand!!!
Yeah so far its all JB weld..but of course I ran out of the stuff, so Im leavin here shortly to go out and get the new bulbs and some more JB weld goop

yeah if you guys come down this way, we'll definately get that first official TWF meetup that Shan has been mentioning
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Yeah everything looks great. Just cut back on the mesh near the foam or cut the foam back a little don't worry about it. I think you already know what to do, just do it. If I recall it's kinda flat in that area so just pull the foam back a little. Wait till it's back on the cycle. Cheap azz mods gonna make the cycle look awesome. NO DUCT TAPE, that's a quick fix type of thing. Do it right the first time.

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