In this video we show you how to install a graphics kit on on a dirt bike.
ARE THOSE JOE EXOTIC GRAPHICS ON THAT KTM 300 XC-W!!?? That’s right! Our guy Travis Brock couldn’t get enough of the Tiger King on Netflix. What better way to pay homage to the man himself, than rocking a set of fresh tiger print graphics on a brand new orange bike! Alright, let’s get to it! First things first, you’re gonna want to make sure your plastics are not all beat up and cracked. You wouldn’t wrap or paint a car without proper body work, would you? So why would you install a fresh set of graphics on some beat up plastics?
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Step 2! Once you’ve inspected your plastics and determined that they are worthy of some new graphics, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve got all the necessary “tools” to get the job done. Now, you won’t need much besides a nice and comfortable chair to sit on, some contact cleaner, a microfiber towel, a heat gun, your hands, and some common sense! Oh, and here’s a bonus tip! — If you don’t have a heat gun, run upstairs into your wife’s bathroom (or your mom’s) and steal her hair dryer for a little. But make sure to put it back before she notices and goes off on you! I find hair dryers to be more effective because they don’t get as hot as the heat guns do, so you won’t have to worry about melting your plastics and it’ll save you a couple bucks for other stuff like grips and chemicals like chain lube and fork oil.
Step 3! Spray some contact cleaner onto your microfiber towel and clean up the plastics a bit. Don’t get too carried away, but give yourself some peace of mind. Unless you’ve got OCD like me, then you might not get peace of mind out of a quick clean. Moving along, determine whether you want to install the graphics while the plastics are on the bike, or if you’re going to take the plastics off and install the graphics that way. Many will argue that one method is easier than the other, but neither method is wrong. Whatever works for you!
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Step 4! Get to it! Make sure to do one section at the time and don’t peel too much of the paper off the sticker. Let’s be real here; graphics kits aren’t cheap, especially if they’re custom so you don’t want to mess up! Rub all of the air bubbles out and don’t rush it. Some areas of the plastics will be harder to work with than others, but at the end of the day it’s not rocket science. The more you do it, the better you’ll get. The last plastic piece you do will 100% be better than the one you started off with. But hey, nobody’s really going to see any imperfections when you’re that much farther than them on the track, are they? Slap them on there and go send it!