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Etching my swingarm

Old 10-27-2017, 10:00 PM
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Etching my swingarm

Has anyone thought of etching parts on their bike? I looked online and didn't see anything. I've done knives and such in the past. Decided to try it on the bike and it turned out OK I think. Shoot me some feedback, all it takes is a battery charger, steel wool and saltwater.


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Old 10-28-2017, 06:28 AM
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It looks ok, and just me perhaps, but all can think of when i see that is, "wear" I wold be looking at to decide if the part was still serviceable . I see the protective anodize coating gone.


It does look unique and I kind of like it, but Im too much of a mechanic, machinist, pretend engineer to let it go at "It does look good" , and it does.
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Old 10-28-2017, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by E.Marquez View Post
It looks ok, and just me perhaps, but all can think of when i see that is, "wear" I wold be looking at to decide if the part was still serviceable . I see the protective anodize coating gone.


It does look unique and I kind of like it, but Im too much of a mechanic, machinist, pretend engineer to let it go at "It does look good" , and it does.
I'm not that worried about a wear issue, I've seen cast aluminum auto parts I.e. Cylinder heads/mc's/control arms last 20+ years corrosion free. I'm in salt free South Central GA.
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HUH! That is very interesting. Your finished results look good. I'm a bit surprised at the consistancy of the depth of the etch. A new twist on graphics.
BTY tell me you didn't learn this technique at Gitmo.
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Old 10-28-2017, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by xeris View Post
HUH! That is very interesting. Your finished results look good. I'm a bit surprised at the consistancy of the depth of the etch. A new twist on graphics.
BTY tell me you didn't learn this technique at Gitmo.
It's nothing but running your fingers over the surface every few seconds. BTW on steel parts use a q tip or cotton ***** dipped in salt water since steel is more conductive, steel wool on aluminum. But keep the steel wool soaking wet to reduce sparks. Mask off surrounding areas well to keep other areas from etching from running saline solution.
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Old 10-28-2017, 12:02 PM
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Very clever and unique !

I like the look .

Can you post a pic of the whole bike so I can see how it looks in relation to the rest of your bike Please.
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Old 10-28-2017, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by kenmoore View Post
Very clever and unique !

I like the look .

Can you post a pic of the whole bike so I can see how it looks in relation to the rest of your bike Please.
Thanks, painting calipers black as we speak.
Ignore the handguards, they're just for winter.
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Nice looking bike,

Attention to detail , clean and functional.

What else do you have planned?
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Old 10-28-2017, 02:23 PM
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As for now I'm not sure. Waiting on a windscreen, levers, single seat cowl, and fork adjusters, and a rectifier.
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Old 11-04-2017, 07:36 AM
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The road so far





ZG windscreen, clip ons, adjustable levers, bar ends, rebound adjusters, Honda seat cowl. Obviously there's a fade issue with the old fairing, should I just mask part of the cowl black?
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Looking good. How sturdy are the rear pegs spaced out like that? I've been considering doing the same with TBR hangers, but have been concerned about them holding up to a passenger climbing on & off.
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Old 11-04-2017, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by VTR1000F View Post
Looking good. How sturdy are the rear pegs spaced out like that? I've been considering doing the same with TBR hangers, but have been concerned about them holding up to a passenger climbing on & off.
They'd have to snap a grade 10 bolt to break em, and the inside would touch the cans before that. But I haven't had any issues as yet.
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Originally Posted by Bigbondo007 View Post
They'd have to snap a grade 10 bolt to break em, and the inside would touch the cans before that. But I haven't had any issues as yet.
years ago (previous vtr) I had the spaced out oem pegs like yours, never had a problem. At some point I recall finding a set of gsxr600 passenger pegs that had a different shape, allowing for a good fitment with the high mount pipes. I had to reem out the holes just a little bit and then they fit. Does anyone else recall this mod?
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Any chance you remember what year(s) GSXR600 pegs those were? I know my waiting 5 months to ask the question couldn't have helped.
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