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Old 11-02-2012, 02:40 PM
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Default BadDad stretched tank shroud

When I have more time I'll share more about the process to get the shroud to fit properly (not exactly plug and play). I love the way it looks so far. Looking forward to seeing it painted and on the bike.
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:44 PM
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Entertaining a shroud myself, vs a replacement tank.......be interested in hearing your feed back on the BadDad piece
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:35 PM
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My buddy has the shroud. It looks really good finished and you can trim it to go around your favorite seat
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You happen to have a few pictures of the finished product on your buddies bike
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Cypress......overall how was the install?
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The install involved sanding a bad fiberglass job, trimming the shroud for the seat and modifying the seat to fit the longer tank. Now that itís almost done, Iím a happy camper and love the way it looks. A few more details of the install will follow after this post which shows current status.

Still need to remove some foam to shape the seat nose like an RGC (never liked the way the RGU nose is over-stuffed). Then Iíll stretch and staple the vinyl around the seat pan. Any wrinkles you see will come out.

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The shroud I got from BadDad had a nice exterior but the interior had *significant* high spots requiring a lot of sanding. BadDad acknowledged some recent problems on these and offered to swap it out but I decided to fix it myself. If you buy one, I suggest that you talk to them about my experience and insist on a test fit before they ship. I spent a lot of time sanding and fitting.

This picture illustrates the fit problem. Note how the dash doesnít fully cover the shroud around the gas cap.



I donít have any pictures showing the high spots in the fiberglass as they are actually pretty hard to see. The way I found them was to fit the shell on the tank (which had been sanded) and when I pulled the shell off, the high spots left a mark on the tank. Yeah, it was a time-consuming pain in the ass but it worked.

Another area to be aware of is toward the rear of the shroud where it touches the frame. I didnít consider this a defect and it was fixed easily with a little trimming.



Only two pictures per post allowed so on to the next post...
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Gotta plug this product I got at Lowes. Looks like it might be soft but itís hard and has a course abrasive throughout. I did all my sanding and fine tuning on both the shroud and the seat pan with it. Press hard and you can take off a lot of material or keep light pressure for fine tuning. I will always keep these around.



This pic shows the trim required to fit the modified RGU seat pan. Iíll go into the seat mod in the next post.

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Stock seat pan. Staples are shallow and easy to pull, I used needlenose. Pull all the staples you see in this picture.



Pull the vinyl back and trim the Ďwingsí off the pan with a dremel in a shape similar to this. I also trimmed the nose back to show more of the chrome dash. Trim the foam to match the new shape - regular scissors work fine.

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Used a thin piece of plywood for protection while doing final trim on the nose. Found it best to do this while the seat was bolted down to be more precise.



Last pic showing fit of tank and seat. Still need to remove a little more foam, stretch the wrinkles out and staple it down. Might do that after the Texans are done whoopiní up on the Bills

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