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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-12-2012, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Generator and clutch cover - yellowing

Wondering if anyone has removed the round vinyl patch on the engine gen./clutch covers? Mine has turned yellow. Any ideas? Thanks guys!
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Took both mine off. On mine they were thin pieces of aluminum. I just pried a corner and as I sprayed the back with laquer thinner I yanked them off with vice grips. Took awhile to get the adhesive off, but liked the look. (I know it's a Kawasaki....lol)

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Are you talking about the actual aluminum cover, or the protective plastic that comes over the cover on new bikes to protect it? The plastic should have been removed when the bike was new. My aluminum trim with the writing on it got scratched up a bit, and the writing wore off. I took some Simichrome polish and a roll of paper towels, and polished both covers until they looked like chrome. They have to be repolished once in a while to keep them shiny, but it is not as hard as doing it the first time.

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Plastic

It's definitely a plastic. Should I use a head gun and try pulling it off? Might have some nice covers under there! Thanks
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Polishing Covers

Try a rubbing compound like brasso or wadding polish first- you've got nothing to lose if you're going to remove them anyway.
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Again I'm lost here... Unless they changed the design, (mine was a 2002 model) there is a plastic decal that says "Kawasaki" which is adhered to a thin round flat aluminum plate... which in turn is glued down to the clutch and stator cover. If you pull the plate off, there is no need to "polish" anything...just remove the glue...as it's the same finish as the rest of the cover. (again refer to my photo linked above).

I can't research the parts from my phone here, but the covers and engine had a silver paint/clearcoat on them. The Kaw decals were inset into the covers and were thin soft aluminum circles.

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i had the plastic you are referring too... i just peeled it off... like KM said earlier.. then used a heat gun and elbow grease to get the glue off..
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Thanks to everyone! One side had the plastic on and the other was weathered badly... Used heat and a credit card (my wife's) to scrape off, then paint thinner to remove the adhesive. Used a metal polish to get a NICE shine! Next project (tomorrow) is to remove front and rear tires and install new. Going to lube slpine and grease swingarm.... Thanks again for your ideas!
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Mine had plastic on both those covers when new, just like the plastic you might find covering a new mirror. Just there for protection. There was no other plastic on mine, also a 2002. Their was writing printed/painted? on the aluminum plates that said something like "Kawasaki" and "DOHC 8 valve" or something like that in kind of a gold color. That quickly wore off, and thats when I polished the aluminum plates. I did not remove any more plastic. I used Simichrome polish, which turns black on contact with aluminum, so it was definitely bare aluminum I was polishing. Polish it enough and it looks like a mirror.

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