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Beth and I are are heading out to park in a campground for a long weekend so I picked up the toy hauler and pulled the Yamaha 660 Raptor out of the back. It look like might some thunderstorms in the next few days but I like the sound of rain on the roof of the trailer anyway.

I haven't ridden the quad in quite a while so I fired it up and rode it around the neighborhood. With the HMF pipe it's pretty loud so I just tip-toe'd around. This thing has so much power it's tough to give it any gas and clean out the motor. Although it's heavy, it'll wheelie in the first two gears and get out of shape without trying hard. :) It's funny to look at the bikes side-by-side and see how big the quad really is. When I was about 14 and first rode the CL350 it was a big, fast bike to me then. Bikes have come a long way since about 1970. It's odd to thing that the single cylinder on the quad is about twice as big as both cylinders on the honda. I haven't had the top end of the Raptor apart but if I was to guess, I'd say the intake valves are about the size of the 350's piston. :lol:

Anyway, here's some misc pictures I took of all the bikes together......just for grins. The quad needs some clean-up but it's still running fine so after the 450 I'll start getting the YZ426 back together.















 

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leethal said:
The aerosol painting method you use looks incredible in these pics!
Thanks, I was pleasantly surprise at how well they turned out too. It's not a function of the paint as much as it is the clear coat. I used the Duplicolor Clear Coat on a couple of items and ended up re-shooting with the Dupont Clear. In fact, my wife cam out the other night and was looking at the 450 and noticed the headlight shell and asked, "why isn't this (the shell) as nice as the tank and those thingy's (ears)?" After explaining that I used a different process she says, "why don't you re-do the headlight to match the tank?"

Good question, so now I'll be re-shooting the headlight shell.

If I was to do it again, I'd rig up some sort of booth outside to keep the junk out of the paint. It might be as simple as my pit canopy with the sides attached and put it in the side yard where there are no trees vs. the driveway with lots of trees.

Additionally, I would strip the tank on the 450 too. I stripped the 350 and it turned out to be less work and better results.

Remember, the orange on the 350 tank is nothing more than Duplicolor engine enamal.
 

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for sure -

Stripping is good
2-part clear coat via HVLP is very good
Bugs are bad

It's your wife's job to think up stuff for you to do.....
 

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wow i feel like stripping the 360 again. I did mine with duplicolor and dulpicolor clear but somehow i forgot to shoot it with primer........... don't ask.

Still came out pretty nice but not exactly what i had wanted
 

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tbpmusic said:
It's your wife's job to think up stuff for you to do.....
Lets see now, A wife that thinks up motorcycle projects,,, I'm jealous :!:
 
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