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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-17-2018, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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I just bought a XC and want to make sure the paint on top of the saddlebags stays nice since I'll be giving my son rides. What things are available to protect the paint? I've seen the vinyl/leather lid covers as well as the racks but don't want to drill holes. Anyone had their lids clear wrapped like you do to the hood of a car? Wondering how that turned out.

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Yeah you can buy 3M clear vinyl. I've never used it but 3M vinyl is usually easy to work. My bags have the racks they don't protect from boots etc.

This is the stuff, you don't need this quantity but you get the idea.



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I just bought a XC and want to make sure the paint on top of the saddlebags stays nice since I'll be giving my son rides. What things are available to protect the paint? I've seen the vinyl/leather lid covers as well as the racks but don't want to drill holes. Anyone had their lids clear wrapped like you do to the hood of a car? Wondering how that turned out.
No need to clear wrap the entire lid; just the front 1/3 which is where the boot scuffs happen unless you plan on putting stuff on top of the lid like a big bag of dry dog food across the seat the resting on top of the lids. In that case the metal rails, or whatever they are called, would be the ticket.

The other area where rock chips are prone to happen is the front side of the bags themselves. Got a couple when the bike was new and the paint was still soft. It hardened over the Summer in 110-120 degree temps.
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Thank you for your replies. Don't plan to haul anything on the bike other than people but you never know. I probably won't attempt to do it myself because I want it to look good but I had the front of my truck done by an auto accessory shop in town. They did a great job and it wasn't too expensive. You can barely see it on my black truck which is pretty impressive. I might need to have it priced out to do the front and top of the bags.

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While you are having the case lids done, you might want to have them do the front of the front fender too. It collects rock chips.
I tried the vinyl id covers and they chafe the finish.
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Seems like a smart idea. You never know what you'll need to haul. 2.5g oil jug? Sure!

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While you are having the case lids done, you might want to have them do the front of the front fender too. It collects rock chips.
I tried the vinyl id covers and they chafe the finish.
The lower half of the fairing isn't a bad idea if you're going to go for the best protection possible.

Of course there's always plan B:
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Someone named Adam Northrup desperately needs my laydown license bracket. Click the link in my sig and make your bike not only look better, but more powerful and get better fuel mileage.
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Someone named Adam Northrup desperately needs my laydown license bracket. Click the link in my sig and make your bike not only look better, but more powerful and get better fuel mileage.
Isn't that one yours? Maybe looks weird because of the angle?

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Isn't that one yours? Maybe looks weird because of the angle?
Upon closer examination, you are right. I hope you are enjoying all the benefits it provides.

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