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Alright folks i decided to finally start a thread with some pictures from when i first got the quad, to where its at now in the rebuild process. I will add more and more pics as they come. Here it goes so far.....

When he first came home

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Tearing him down

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Frame Prepped and primer ready

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Primed the frame :o)

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Primered and ready to paint

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The newly painted foot pegs metallic black

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Fresh paint on the heal guards metallic black

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My favorite thing i bought- Alba Nerfs

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My new bumper- Pro Elite

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Stay tuned more to come :yes:

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man youre lucky!

wish i could just do it all in like a week!

this one is going to take about 1 month or maybe two to be done with just the cosmetics..

but its all free.

=P

haha:laugh:

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man youre lucky!

wish i could just do it all in like a week!

this one is going to take about 1 month or maybe two to be done with just the cosmetics..

but its all free.

=P

haha:laugh:

o its already been two months and i prolly have a few weeks left....wont be done ne time soon

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Looking good!!! I can't wait to see it when you get finished with it. :bf_rasta:

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too much to do not enough money

Got to choose and pick the right battles.....with my luck the paint would start pealing after a few hard rides and rust would be popping up all over....I would have held off on getting some of the accessories that you can add on at anytime and spent the money on the powdercoat and had one less thing to worry about in the long run.

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Got to choose and pick the right battles.....with my luck the paint would start pealing after a few hard rides and rust would be popping up all over....I would have held off on getting some of the accessories that you can add on at anytime and spent the money on the powdercoat and had one less thing to worry about in the long run.

well put... not knocking paint but the frame takes the grunt of everything for the most part... if you rode strickly in the dunes i wouldn't worry about it to much... anything but dunes it isn't going to stay nice and pretty for to long...

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Have you ever been in the dunes on a windy day? It is like being sand blasted. The paint will probably go faster in the sand.

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Wowsers.

Does everyone realize that these frames are painted from the factory? Tons of bikes leave the factory with painted parts.

Powder coat is very strong... I have/had plenty of things on my R1 powder coated. Powder coat is a fantastic upgrade and will hold up better and longer then paint.

We'll have no problems going the season with paint. The good thing about the northeast is you get 2-3 months of off-season and you can strip/clean/touch up. I have had plenty of dirt bikes that I have rocked painted frames on for an entire season and only seen wear in the factory wear location (heal, lower frame rails, underneith plastics and tank).

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well put... not knocking paint but the frame takes the grunt of everything for the most part... if you rode strickly in the dunes i wouldn't worry about it to much... anything but dunes it isn't going to stay nice and pretty for to long...

Guys this whole project is a learning experience. I have no doubt that powder coating would be the best option. But we have had alot of problems and have had to purchase alot of new and used parts for this thing. ie swing arm, caliper, brake pads, $200 in nuts and bolts, steering stem, heel quards, we have to still have to get the motor machined to get the stuck head bolts out, and we are rebuilding the top end. As for accessories, yes i bought new nerfs and a bumper- luckily i got them on sale from albaactionsports.com. Regular prices nerfs were $130 bucks, and i got them for $50. The bumper reg priced was $80 and i got it for $29. So i have only spent $90 on accessories. I would still have to come up with another $400 bucks to powder coat and we cant do that this year. maybe next.

We also arent just spray paintin the frame as is or ne thing- we have spent alot of time prepping and cleaning and removing rust-its been primered and sanded and it will get painted today and a coat of clear coat will be put on top. It wasnt done half assed but i know its not going to last half as long as powder coat-trust me i have weighed that option BUT It will get me through the season- and when i have more money to spend next year maybe ill powder coat. :yes::rolleyes: just cant wait to ride the thing :cute:

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I just wanna say great job! I don't have the patience(spelling?) to do something like that. I bought mine brand new and made it how I wanted. I'm very proud of how mine came out, I think mine is one of the best looking 450R's I've seen. How good I feel about mine will not even compare to how you will feel when you are done. Hats off to you!:wink:

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We started painting the frame today . The blue i picked out is awesome. Its metallic blue and in certain light has a hugh of purple almost like the nerfs, pics to come soon . :cute:

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Sounds very cool! I can't wait to see pics. If I had the time and money I would love to have my frame powder coated the same color as the new LT450R frames.

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