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    Painting Frame,engine Parts, Exhaust Pipes

    MY "79" R100RT HAS BENT CENTRE STAND LUGS WITH DEFORMED BOLT THREADS. I AM PLANNING ON STRIPPING EVERYTHING OFF AND GETTING SOME WELDING DONE TO REPAIR IT. AT THE SAME TME I WANT TO REPAINT ALL OF THE BLACK FRAME PARTS SHINY BLACK, AND SOME ENGINE COVERS,(FRONT,TIMING,ROCKER, EXTENDED SUMP,AIR BOX,STARTER), AND EXHAUST PIPES, FLAT BLACK. CAN A GOOD JOB BE DONE USING SPRAY PAINT? WHAT PREP SHOULD BE DONE? IS A PROFESSIONAL JOB THE ONLY WAY TO GET A DURABLE FINISH? I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT FLAT BLACK WAS THE BEST RADIATOR OF HEAT. IS THIS TRUE?HOPE SOMEONE WILL HAVE SOME SUGGESTIONS. THANKS IN ADVANCE.

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    Here's a link to an airheads club site for a centerstand repair:

    http://www.airheads.org/index.php?Te...tand%20repairs

    I haven't tried this, but mine needs repair, too. I can jerry rig it to do servicing, otherwise it stays wired up. It looks like an alternative to welding new brackets, etc., though the exhaust comes off to gain access. For those who attended the centerstand/sidestand forum, I used my centerstand exclusively for many years...after a while, the pivot points will get sloppy...

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    THANKS FOR THE INFO, HOWEVER THE CENTRE STAND LUGS ARE BOTH BADLY TWISTED SO SOME WELDING WILL BE NEEDED. FOR THAT THE ENGINE WILL HAVE TO BE REMOVED AND I MIGHT AS WELL GO WHOLE HOG AND PAINT THE FRAME TOO.

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    For frame painting you really can't beat powdercoat. It's basically nonporous unlike wet-applied paint and therefore pretty much impervious to corrosion and very durable too. I've heard that there are also now types of powdercoat that cure at lower temperatures (ideal for aluminum castings).
    I'm no expert but I question the logic of wanting to paint the exhaust.

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    Originally posted by b_h_dowell
    THANKS FOR THE INFO, HOWEVER THE CENTRE STAND LUGS ARE BOTH BADLY TWISTED SO SOME WELDING WILL BE NEEDED. FOR THAT THE ENGINE WILL HAVE TO BE REMOVED AND I MIGHT AS WELL GO WHOLE HOG AND PAINT THE FRAME TOO.
    Ouch. Easy on the caps there, homes. It's generally regarded as shouting.

    It sounds like you're going to have a pretty fine looking bike when you get done, eh? You going to keep us informed about how it's coming along?
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    Thanks for the powdercoat suggestion. My prime aim is to get something durable that looks good. I'll look into it. I'll try to keep the forum updated on progress. I'm hoping to get everything back together in a month. This should get the bike in the condition I've been aiming for since I got it 7 years ago. The fairing is deep red wine smoke and I'm thinking of a bright red frame with flat black on the engine covers and sump. I'm not positive about that yet. Some mods I've installed are 400 watt alternator, deep sump, oil cooler, koni shocks, top and bottom bumpers on the aftermarket springs, aux.bmw plug, heated grips, and Tailblazer. 2 years ago it had an extensive top end with almost everything replaced, 9.5 pistons, new timing chain, extensive g/b and FDU overhaul. I did all of the final assembly and tuned it with timing light, Twinmax and tuning spark plug. No big deal but motorcycle maintenance was new to me.

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    Sounds beautiful!

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    Gun bluing on everything steel.

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    >I'm thinking of a bright red frame with flat black on the engine covers and sump.

    I say go with powdercoat on the frame and anodize the aluminum alloy. Black HOLDS heat better (that's why they paint BBQs black!) You want the engine to transfer heat. Painting it will not only trap the heat but it will cut the surface area drastically.

    If I ever take one down to the frame, I'm going with "Kalihari" White w/blue frame.

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    Thanks for the great suggestions. I'll be giving them all consideration. What a great gs you have. I've been wanting one like that for a long time.

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    I WISH The "Kalihari" was a special bike sold in SA only long after the "telelever" GSs were gone in other markets.
    Read all about it at the wonderfulFountain of all GS knowlege Someday I HOPE to own one, it's purchase to coincide with one of those 30 day top-to-bottom of Africa GS tours!

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    Are you referring to the tours Ron Ayres does? He's from the Dallas area and will doing a presentation on his tours at my club's meeting this month. Sure wish I could take one of those! Saw his presentation last year when he was about to launch the tour biz and he's a great guy to hear speak.

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    Originally posted by The Veg
    Are you referring to the tours Ron Ayres does?
    I can't remember if it's Ron Ayers or a tour company on the continent. I found it doing a google search for "Motorcycle Tours" a year or so ago. The company did 7 and 14 day SA tours, and the mother 21 (?) day trip twice a year. Once up and once back.

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    Just a follow-up on the bike repairs. I am working in Chile so won't be able to do any assembly until I get back early in April, however the frame, various brackets and the engine covers are at Anderwerks in Calgary getting welded and powdercoated. A steering hub reinforcement is also being welded on and I am thinking seriously of installing an aftermarket , stronger, fork top bracket.

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    Good luck in Chile, man! It's still summer down there for another couple months, isn't it?
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