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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-19-2007, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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gas tank plastic wings '07 VN 500 LTD

I want to remove the plastic wings on my '07 VN500 LTD as they look/are cheap. I found a parts breakdown but not enough detail. See details at http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit...F+%28US%29.asp .

I want to either go to a non-Kawa paint theme or keep it all black as the bike with no name

Idea's on getting the wings off?
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Fishing line will work. Just use it like floss and wont hurt the tank.
You may have a sticky residu on the tank, Goobegone will help with that.
Some people have said to heat it but be careful it is a gas tank.
You could park the bike in the sun and let that heat it for you.

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I removed the wings from my tank by warming them with my wifes hair dryer. This helped take most of the double back tape off with the wings, I removed the residue with WD-40 and a soft rag.

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They always seem to be more difficult to get off when you want them off,
but come off easily when you don't want them too !!

If you know a fisherman that uses one of the braided types of line (Firewire, Spiderwire....) that might work a little better than mono (regular) type line.

A plastic spoon can be helpful in getting remnants of the foam tape off the tank, using it upside down, like a scraper, and it wont damage the paint (but still proceed cautiously)
But then again, if the bikes getting repainted, you could just sand it off.


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I have trim line from a weed wacker but it sounds too thick.

If I buy some fishing line, how many lb line should I get?

Thanks, I had no idea it was just supertape hold it on.
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I have trim line from a weed wacker but it sounds too thick.

If I buy some fishing line, how many lb line should I get?

Thanks, I had no idea it was just supertape hold it on.
Figure the bike weighs about 480 lbs, perhaps 500 pound test?

j/k

Anything will do, warm it in the sun first and work the line through and it will come off.

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Dental floss works perfectly for that. It is waxy which seems to help a little, but it is much stronger and less stretchy than mono line. You probably have some! 4 out of 5 dentists recommend dental floss to get your wings off.

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Thanks, now just have to wait for a warm and sunny day.

I'm in no hurry anyway, I just like have the info before I begin. I get less screwups that way
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I use a plastic disposable putty knife, normally used for mixing/applying bondo on cars. I use adhesive remover to get the residue off. I have done this on body side mouldings on cars/trucks also. Just go slowly, and they will come off easy. You can probably find them in home improvement or hardeware stores also.
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An old hair dryer and some dental floss worked on a couple bike emblems for me. Just make sure you wave the dryer around, so it doesn't overheat one spot and mess up the paint or plastic. Once its good and warm, drag the dental floss behind the plastic and it will slide right off in a couple heatings. After you get the emblem off, the orange oil type gum remover will clean the glue right off.
Then its miller time!

If you do this on a plastic part, be careful not to put a finger print in it while its hot, no way to smooth it back out after that...
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