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    They came out great Bill! I have been a fan of black wheels due to my lazy cleaning habits. I might try something like that. Thanks for sharing.

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      Yes, very nice result. "I polished by hand." Which polish, which grit(s)? What color was the silver paint? Lacquer or layered with clear coat?

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        Originally Posted by ricksax View Post
        Yes, very nice result. "I polished by hand." Which polish, which grit(s)? What color was the silver paint? Lacquer or layered with clear coat?
        used Kean Strip Premium Stripper (wear gloves and I used brass wire brushes from HF). Some wheels don't need much polishing once paint gone.
        3m blue tape #2093 gives a good line and seal to keep stripper away if you are not repainting stock wheel.
        Mothers Mag and Aluminum Polish,
        000 steel wool with above polish
        2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper with above polish
        then rags with above polish.
        then went to rags

        I stripped and polished both wheels in 3-4 hours. Painting took about the same. Cleaned with soap & brushes then hosed off, wiped dry, masked polished area, sanded some where scratched, wiped down with acetone, then sprayed. Paint dried fast so within an hour pulled tape off. I put wheels in bright sun all day in back yard for 2 days waiting on the tires.

        Here is paint used. No clear coat used but I could have but I clean my wheels and did not want clear over polished areas as I touch them up with polish from time to time and I am too lazy to mask them again. I don't ride in the rain so this method is good for 5 years to me.

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        Last edited by BillnOroville; 11-02-2019, 01:55 AM.
        Bill,
        88 Blue Hawk (bike #39), 89 Red Hawk, FZ-09. Some Past/sold in reverse order:,97 Magna, 97 VFR750F, 87 VFR400R, 88 Hawk, 86 SRX 600, 77 RD400, 79 CB650, 04 VFR, 88 Blue Hawk, 89 Red Hawk, Yamaha SRX600, Harley 1200C, Yamaha RD400, Harley 883R, Yamaha 750 triple, Vlx600, Honda 450, Honda 400, CB550F, Kawasaki H1, BMW R69US, Yamaha R5C 350, Honda 160, Bridgestone 175, 1950 Harley 74 w/sidecar, 65 Harley 250 Sprint, 1948 Harley and my 1st bike-1941 Harley 74 knucklehead my dad gave in1963.

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          Many thanks! That is valuable info.

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            Originally Posted by nozzle View Post
            They came out great Bill! I have been a fan of black wheels due to my lazy cleaning habits. I might try something like that. Thanks for sharing.
            I had black wheels on my FZ09 and I stripped just the outside edges and it made them look much better.

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            Bill,
            88 Blue Hawk (bike #39), 89 Red Hawk, FZ-09. Some Past/sold in reverse order:,97 Magna, 97 VFR750F, 87 VFR400R, 88 Hawk, 86 SRX 600, 77 RD400, 79 CB650, 04 VFR, 88 Blue Hawk, 89 Red Hawk, Yamaha SRX600, Harley 1200C, Yamaha RD400, Harley 883R, Yamaha 750 triple, Vlx600, Honda 450, Honda 400, CB550F, Kawasaki H1, BMW R69US, Yamaha R5C 350, Honda 160, Bridgestone 175, 1950 Harley 74 w/sidecar, 65 Harley 250 Sprint, 1948 Harley and my 1st bike-1941 Harley 74 knucklehead my dad gave in1963.

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              Originally Posted by BillnOroville View Post
              I had this Targa Hawk fairing hanging on the wall with no screen and missing lower hardware. I could not find what I needed to get on-line where I could use it so I made what I needed and put it on my Hawk. About 5 hours measuring, cutting, fitting, 12.00 for enough polycarbonate for two screens, and 7.00 for nuts and bolts. Not perfect but not that bad either if I say so myself.

              Those here on the forum that are perfectionists got ahead and laugh. It's ok, really.

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              My targa screen is cracked in several places and will eventually need to be replaced so please show us how you did it.

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                Originally Posted by YooperJon View Post

                My targa screen is cracked in several places and will eventually need to be replaced so please show us how you did it.
                Like I said it took me 5 hours. Polycarbonate is very bendable in one direction The piece I got was thin,.065 inch. I flexed it over the end to get a feeling of the curve I wanted. That gave me the width of the end laying it flat. I traced around the opening upside down to get a shape and started measuring from end to front where the shape would go. The poly carbonate was impossible to bend down in the front so put a simple black rubber vacuum hose under the gap. Squeeze clamps help hold things as you try to measure. I bolted the open end down and traced about where the rest would fit. Cut it with angled vibrating tool with cut off blade. It was a few trial and errors but things started to line up. My bench grinder cut down the edges when a little was needed. A good dry erase marker works well. You have to be careful once you remove the protective sheets on both sides o the polycarbonate. I knew that if I had messed up, I had another piece that would work. Good luck.
                Bill,
                88 Blue Hawk (bike #39), 89 Red Hawk, FZ-09. Some Past/sold in reverse order:,97 Magna, 97 VFR750F, 87 VFR400R, 88 Hawk, 86 SRX 600, 77 RD400, 79 CB650, 04 VFR, 88 Blue Hawk, 89 Red Hawk, Yamaha SRX600, Harley 1200C, Yamaha RD400, Harley 883R, Yamaha 750 triple, Vlx600, Honda 450, Honda 400, CB550F, Kawasaki H1, BMW R69US, Yamaha R5C 350, Honda 160, Bridgestone 175, 1950 Harley 74 w/sidecar, 65 Harley 250 Sprint, 1948 Harley and my 1st bike-1941 Harley 74 knucklehead my dad gave in1963.

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                  I changed the pictures in post 3960 (go one page back) so the lighting is about the same and you get a better picture of the differences. Go take a look again if you want.

                  You would be right to say the silver I used is lighter than the original wheel color. There is a wide range of silvers usually on had in most auto parts stores that carry the paint.
                  Bill,
                  88 Blue Hawk (bike #39), 89 Red Hawk, FZ-09. Some Past/sold in reverse order:,97 Magna, 97 VFR750F, 87 VFR400R, 88 Hawk, 86 SRX 600, 77 RD400, 79 CB650, 04 VFR, 88 Blue Hawk, 89 Red Hawk, Yamaha SRX600, Harley 1200C, Yamaha RD400, Harley 883R, Yamaha 750 triple, Vlx600, Honda 450, Honda 400, CB550F, Kawasaki H1, BMW R69US, Yamaha R5C 350, Honda 160, Bridgestone 175, 1950 Harley 74 w/sidecar, 65 Harley 250 Sprint, 1948 Harley and my 1st bike-1941 Harley 74 knucklehead my dad gave in1963.

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                    The TÜV of my red hawk was expired since 4 years so I drive the red hawk for the check get new TÜV for the next 2 years
                    Last edited by Luis; 11-11-2019, 08:35 AM.

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                      I genuinely forgot I have all the parts to build another hawk. Started going through boxes and realized I had bought a full exhaust this year, fuel tank, carb parts, a petcock....It got lost with all the other spares

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                        Originally Posted by mparker View Post
                        I genuinely forgot I have all the parts to build another hawk. Started going through boxes and realized I had bought a full exhaust this year, fuel tank, carb parts, a petcock....It got lost with all the other spares
                        Hoarder's dilema! I should know......lost track after 4..

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                          Originally Posted by Superdukerider View Post

                          Hoarder's dilema! I should know......lost track after 4..
                          I just found myself yesterday saying no-one in their right mind needs more than three, and then my buddy reminded me that one would probably be enough for him. I told him don't worry, eventually someone around will sell another one we can fix up for you, lol...
                          88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
                          89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
                          90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

                          2002 DL1000 V-Strom - Workhorse. beat it, flog it, it keeps on going...

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                            Sunday "Blue" got an oil and filter change at just 16,040 miles. That was pretty much the last of the items on my check list for this "new-to-me" Hawk. Then Yesterday I swapped out the homemade clear screen for a real Targa tented screen (used of course) and then today I put on side panels that go under the tank. I plan to run with them for awhile to see if I like the look for the long run and that they stay in place well. Going for a ride tomorrow.

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                            Bill,
                            88 Blue Hawk (bike #39), 89 Red Hawk, FZ-09. Some Past/sold in reverse order:,97 Magna, 97 VFR750F, 87 VFR400R, 88 Hawk, 86 SRX 600, 77 RD400, 79 CB650, 04 VFR, 88 Blue Hawk, 89 Red Hawk, Yamaha SRX600, Harley 1200C, Yamaha RD400, Harley 883R, Yamaha 750 triple, Vlx600, Honda 450, Honda 400, CB550F, Kawasaki H1, BMW R69US, Yamaha R5C 350, Honda 160, Bridgestone 175, 1950 Harley 74 w/sidecar, 65 Harley 250 Sprint, 1948 Harley and my 1st bike-1941 Harley 74 knucklehead my dad gave in1963.

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                              That is a very nice looking bike. Enjoy.

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                                Does anyone care if I trash stock parts that just dont move and arent worth shipping costs? Airbox, subframes, wheels, rear shocks, front fenders...Ive got a ton of this to me "junk".

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