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Old May 25th @ 06:45 am   #1
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From: Vegas

Motorcycle: K9 GSX-R 1000
After some "fun" offroading at Red Rock my gas tank (amongst other parts) needs a little TLC... But I'm curious are these scratches serious enough to warrant taking this to some professional to have them sand it down and repaint, or is this something that can be filled in and touch up painted over? ALSO... If it does require the whole shebang anyone know a place I can take it to get it done (or do it yourselves could you maybe send me a quote?) Thanks for the help guys and gals...

The tank...


As you can see some definite grooves in the metal, not too deep, but definitely through the paint and scratched into the metal a little.

 
 
Old May 25th @ 08:05 am   #2
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From: Las Vegas/Summerlin

Motorcycle: 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa LE/2007 Suzuki GSXR600/2000 Honda CBR600F4
It's really all up to what you're comfortable with. If it was my bike, I'd be scouring Ebay for an OEM (factory) tank and tank cover. When you get the pre-painted OEM parts, all you have to do is bolt them on and you're finished. Check out the link below:

Ebay Tanks/Covers for a 2009 GSXR-1000

Otherwise... hand sand it and hit it up with some touch-up paint.
 
 
Old May 25th @ 04:20 pm   #3
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From: Vegas

Motorcycle: K9 GSX-R 1000
Out of curiosity why would you buy a new tank for scratches? Deep lacerations, dents, punctures sure... But to replace the $500-600+ tank for scratches that aren't very bad and can probably be sanded out seems a bit much doesn't it? I'm not very saavy with such things so if you know something that I don't (like perhaps even smaller scratches like these can cause issue for me even if sanded and painted over) please let me know so I can make a more informed decision. If I have to get a new tank I will, but if it's avoidable and just fixable I'd much definitely prefer that :D
 
 
Old May 25th @ 07:10 pm   #4
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From: Las Vegas/Summerlin

Motorcycle: 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa LE/2007 Suzuki GSXR600/2000 Honda CBR600F4
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Originally Posted by sakinoko View Post
Out of curiosity why would you buy a new tank for scratches? Deep lacerations, dents, punctures sure... But to replace the $500-600+ tank for scratches that aren't very bad and can probably be sanded out seems a bit much doesn't it? I'm not very saavy with such things so if you know something that I don't (like perhaps even smaller scratches like these can cause issue for me even if sanded and painted over) please let me know so I can make a more informed decision. If I have to get a new tank I will, but if it's avoidable and just fixable I'd much definitely prefer that :D
Again... it's all up to what you're comfortable with. I'm not even saying buy a "new" tank, but even a used one in pristine condition might be had for less than what you would expect. It definitely is fixable, though. Mitch (sicduc) has some nice work done on his Hypermotard... maybe he'll chime in on where he had it done.
 
 
Old May 25th @ 07:52 pm   #5
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From: Las Vegas, NV

Motorcycle: 2006 GSX-R 600 Half Naked Edition
At least you weren't riding an R6 and had it catch fire...

Personally, I think scratches build character. Maybe you could line-x it like a stunter.

OK, this post provided nothing valuable to this thread.
 
 
Old May 26th @ 12:40 am   #6
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From: Vegas

Motorcycle: K9 GSX-R 1000
LMAO Line-x... I dunno about that.... I agree that scratches give it character, but am concerned more with rustng is why I want to put on some paint even touch up or something of the sort.
 
 
Old May 26th @ 05:24 pm   #7
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From: Henderson

Motorcycle: 06 SV650s
It's pretty dry in Vegas. If your bike is garage kept or out of elements, touch up paint will serve fine. If you think your bike will be getting wet though, touch up paint won't save you.
 
 
Old May 26th @ 06:19 pm   #8
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From: Las Vegas, NV

Motorcycle: 2006 GSX-R 600 Half Naked Edition
I wouldn't worry about rust. My sixxer got some good tank wounds a few years ago and the condition didn't deteriorate after that.
 
 

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