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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-13-2016, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question Saddlebag Protection

After doing a little work on my new to me XCT I noticed it has some helicopter tape on the front leg fairings (clear thick tape stuff) When I first got the bike I did a little cleaning and on the rear of one of the bags I could sort of see tell tail lines from the same being removed.
I have sort of looked towards the Victory vinyl lid covers, partially because they have points to attach some gear while traveling. Being as my bike is black I think they would look OK. Has anyone bought these particular covers? #2879369 funny thing is the web site says will not fit my XCT yet the title says Cross Bike Saddlebag. Looked on e-bay and least expensive was $95.
Also saw a thread for some protective vinyl pre cut from Tankslapper that ran about $60 for most chip prone areas.
I use to apply the helicopter tape in our race car leading edges when I worked at a shop. Some of it was not fun. LOL
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I use to apply the helicopter tape in our race car leading edges when I worked at a shop. Some of it was not fun. LOL
Hope to tell ya ain't that the truth! I've put that very tape(3M clear I'd bet) on the leading edges of aircraft and helicopter blades, hoods and a bunch of other things and never had an issue. A spray bottle with some baby shampoo and distilled water, a flexible squeegee(I like the flexible body filler ones), and I was good to go. Spray, pull the backing, lay it down, position it, squeegee, done, right?

Did Speedblues tank and bags with the stuff...it was a struggle...I have no idea why guess the 3M spirits decided I'd had it to easy. It was a total bitch working the bubbles out. Even with a blowdryer.
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the way you put on the 3M is one spray bottle with rubbing alcohol in it. The alcohol activates the glue and you spray that on the film.
Then you need a bottle of water and dish soap. That keep the film from sticking right away.
Yes you need a firm rubber squeegee to work the air bubbles out.
The 3M film is great for top of bags front of bags and the lower 1/4 of the gas tank where jack rubs.
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These are the ones I'm thinking of getting:

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Saw those but a bit rich for my budget. Also looking towards possibly latching some gear to it on trips. Like if you have jackets or chaps along and dont need them right then. You can roll them up and tie them on the Victory covers.

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Also saw a thread for some protective vinyl pre cut from Tankslapper that ran about $60 for most chip prone areas.
I endorse the tankslapper kit, although it says you need some training to do it correctly.
I hadn't done it before but was proficient by the end. Use lots of water spray (with a little dwash) and squeegee out the bubbles as per video in this thread and it is good.
Your boot marks just buff out from the lids (I bought the XPEL version which is self healing to a degree). No paint scratches if/when I sell
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Got my covers for the bag lids today. Pretty nice, but the underside is not padded. It has some sort of rubberized like backing. But I think it may damage paint. So I am thinking maybe some sort of felt type material glued to the back of them.

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Got my covers for the bag lids today. Pretty nice, but the underside is not padded. It has some sort of rubberized like backing. But I think it may damage paint. So I am thinking maybe some sort of felt type material glued to the back of them.
I guess it would depend on if the covers moved around at all or stayed put. They really shouldn't move around at all because they will rub right through the paint in time.

I ended up just buying the 6" wide 3M film from ebay, cutting them to fit, and applied it where I was having issues like in front of the saddlebag prior to installing the JTD lowers and front top of the lids where my lazy foot would hit sometimes.
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I put these on this winter to protect the lids from getting any more scuffed. I say "any more" because my passengers have already beat the hell out of the lids. I figured something bold would cover what's already there and protect from any further scuffing.


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ain those look pretty zoomy. I would guess carbon fiber and double stick tape?

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