The theme of today's blog post is "How To Change The Plastic On A Dirt Bike".
To be honest, this will be a rather short blog because it's one of the easiest things that can be done.
Here's what you need to know:
1. Get the right plastic for your dirt bike!
Every dirt bike has slight changes. So even the same model can have different plastic requirements depending on what year you're looking for.
One piece of plastic, such as a set of Side Panels, can certainly cover a number of years of a particular model, but it's not even close to being consistent.
The takeaway is that you need to know exactly which dirt bike model and year you have.
2. Determine which color scheme you want to display.
There are a number of colors available for every model of dirt bike. I've seen common colors such as white, black, red, yellow and orange, but there are also sometimes colors like purple, green and blue. Purple is very uncommon nowadays, but you may still be able to find a part if you do some searching.
3. Determine which parts you want to replace.
This is kind of a "Duh" statement, I admit. That doesn't take away from the importance however.
It does happen that someone will call the store and know the brand, color and year of the bike, but not know which part they are trying to replace.
It happens, so make sure you know what you're looking for.
4. Determine which company you'd like.
We carry a few different brands of plastic in the store. We have UFO and Polisport available. We used to carry Cycra but have sold most of that stock now.
There is always the option for OEM plastic as well. Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki etc all have their own replacement plastics.
Once you have completed the checklist above and have the plastic in hand, now it's time to swap it out.
This is the easy part.
All you need is a 8mm socket and wrench set and some elbow grease.
There are typically less than 4 screws per piece of plastic.
Keep in mind that this is metal screws going through plastic, so don't over tighten. Once it stops tightening, that's good enough.
Some of the screws are going to be longer than the rest, so keep track of which screws go where.
Labeling them or using snack bags can be helpful if you are planning on taking all the plastic off at the same time.
Normally, you just replace each piece individually.
Most plastic is able to be replaced without taking anything else off, so this shouldn't take very long to accomplish.
Once you're done replacing your plastic, you are ready to show your brand new looking dirt bike off!
Time to get out and ride!
Next time I'll discuss how to put decals on.
See ya soon!