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Some alternatives for fading 1700 Nomad, & Voyager engine emlems. (With Pics)

Matt7even
08-07-2011, 12:35 PM
There has been a lot of discussion on other forums about 1700 Classic, LT, Nomad, & Voyager owners (including myself) having issues with the engine emblems on the air box & left engine covers wearing off. Many have had them replaced under warranty but the same issue usually arises again later. There are a few theories as to why this happens but I decided until Kawasaki fixes it I wasn't going to bother getting them replaced every few months and started considering other options. First I took the defective emblem plates off exposing the chrome underneath. Then tried applying the Vaquero emblems which you can see here....


NO EMBLEMS

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6004/6018156426_cc33e72618_z.jpg


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6016/6017607197_56fcf517e8_z.jpg


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6129/6018155840_c36cd319ba_z.jpg



VAQUERO EMBLEMS

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6014/6018157992_fc7e8d631c_z.jpg


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6011/6018158636_e12a43938b_z.jpg


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6140/6017608489_616b41a933_z.jpg


...Think I will stick with the Vaquero emblems since they compliment the black color scheme and have a painted finish so they are less likely to rub off. But both look good in my opinion though and are preferable to the OEM decals when they start to disintegrate. Hopefully Kawasaki will fix this soon.

Thanks

OhSteelerfan
08-08-2011, 06:41 PM
Those do look good. How much where they? I just had the ones on my 2009 voyager replaced under warranty.

Matt7even
08-08-2011, 07:12 PM
Those do look good. How much where they? I just had the ones on my 2009 voyager replaced under warranty.

At around $80 total they weren't cheap but they should last the life of the bike. And if they don't you're sure to hear about it on here from me =).

nomad99
10-11-2011, 07:15 PM
How did you get them off and what cleaner did you use?

Matt7even
10-12-2011, 09:49 AM
How did you get them off and what cleaner did you use?

What I did was take the air box covers off and lay one face down in a shallow pool of adhesive remover like Goof Off. As it soaked I then took a heat gun and heated the inside of the metal cover directly behind the emblem plate. every couple of minutes or so I would carefully pick the cover up with a oven mitt and take a plastic paint scraper or metal butter knife if I needed something thinner and VERY CAREFULLY started to apply some pressure to the edges. If there wasn't enough budge I would soak and heat again till the glue became loose and spongy enough to easily slide the blade under it and rotate it enough to sever the adhesive bond. Once the plate was off I continued the process until the remaining gunk was picked and polished off.

The left lower engine cover was a little trickier since it is plastic. I kept it on the bike and used a heat gun on low until I could pry the emblem off by force. BE VERY CAREFUL though because if the plastic gets too hot it will start warp and wrinkle. Luckily it's not that noticeable on mine but if I hadn't been paying attention it could have been a lot worse.

Also on a side note, the plates are thin aluminum and easy to bend so you likely won't be able to re use them after they are removed.

I'm sure their may be other ways of doing it as well but I hope that helps.

nomad99
10-12-2011, 06:05 PM
What I did was take the air box covers off and lay one face down in a shallow pool of adhesive remover like Goof Off. As it soaked I then took a heat gun and heated the inside of the metal cover directly behind the emblem plate. every couple of minutes or so I would carefully pick the cover up with a oven mitt and take a plastic paint scraper or metal butter knife if I needed something thinner and VERY CAREFULLY started to apply some pressure to the edges. If there wasn't enough budge I would soak and heat again till the glue became loose and spongy enough to easily slide the blade under it and rotate it enough to sever the adhesive bond. Once the plate was off I continued the process until the remaining gunk was picked and polished off.

The left lower engine cover was a little trickier since it is plastic. I kept it on the bike and used a heat gun on low until I could pry the emblem off by force. BE VERY CAREFUL though because if the plastic gets too hot it will start warp and wrinkle. Luckily it's not that noticeable on mine but if I hadn't been paying attention it could have been a lot worse.

Also on a side note, the plates are thin aluminum and easy to bend so you likely won't be able to re use them after they are removed.

I'm sure their may be other ways of doing it as well but I hope that helps.

Thanks Matt Ive also thought of leaving the alluminum disc on and have someone air brush a painting of a large skull and the red background to match the bike color and then pin stripes around the edges gold and silver to match as well!! Im on my second set of emblems as they are junk. I have 22,000 mls on my 2010 VV ! Thanks for the info!:)

theMucker
11-06-2011, 08:40 AM
Being a former Jarhead, I think I'll have to see if I can obtain a pair of the correct size Marine Corps emblems...

arcolle
05-27-2013, 10:34 PM
I was wondering if the Vaquero emblems stayed on?