GL Wood Kit, Or Diamond Plate?


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GL Wood Kit, Or Diamond Plate?

Postby dtherren » Wed May 12, 2010 8:00 pm



I have been looking at the wood kits for the GL"S. Didnt see any for the 86 Interstate other than having it custom made at a pricy figure...

I am particularly fond of the D Plate and like the Diamond Plate results. I have a couple Wingers looking to see if I will make a kit for theirs...


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Re: GL Wood Kit, Or Diamond Plate?

Postby cbach1981 » Wed May 12, 2010 8:11 pm

That looks cool! You made those?
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Re: GL Wood Kit, Or Diamond Plate?

Postby dtherren » Wed May 12, 2010 8:18 pm

Yes. By hand. Made templates first.

Sortof followed guidelines for the wood kits.

A lot of tedious cutting, polishing, filing, re-polish.....

Still need to do final hand polish to remove the fine abrasions from the polish wheel.

I havent decide wether I want to keep them or not, although I do like it.
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Re: GL Wood Kit, Or Diamond Plate?

Postby actionpack » Wed May 12, 2010 9:02 pm

looks good , :mrgreen:
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Re: GL Wood Kit, Or Diamond Plate?

Postby gnarlyroad » Wed May 12, 2010 10:03 pm

They make wood kits for these. Where did you see them.
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Re: GL Wood Kit, Or Diamond Plate?

Postby thrasherg » Thu May 13, 2010 11:05 am

I can appreciate the hard work that went into making them, but I don't like the look of them on the bike!! Each to their own.. Lovely work getting them so clean and even..

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Re: GL Wood Kit, Or Diamond Plate?

Postby dtherren » Fri May 14, 2010 10:21 am

I know this isnt everyones thing with the "bling" as it was called, but I have always been partial to the Diamond Plate if it is finished correctly.

Most everyone here likes it and one of the dealers even took pics and posted on the wall.

I still need to polish once more with the fine grit rouge and then it will look like glass.

It is definately different, and as far as the glare goes, thats what shades are for. I was aware of the possiblity of a glare prior to starting this project. So far, not bad.

gnarlyroad, the only thing I found on them was 88 to 2003, a different dtyle than the 86. Here is a link that might get you started. http://community-2.webtv.net/HonMcyDash ... page2.html
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Re: GL Wood Kit, Or Diamond Plate?

Postby maestro319 » Fri May 14, 2010 10:47 am

I kinda like it where you put it. It gives your bike a unique look. I also have diamond plate on my trike, BUT it is part of the "homemade" trike kit, and there is a lot of it which makes my trike look "rough" . I don't like so much of it taking up a good share of the "kit", floor boards, fender backing, etc. I am hoping to paint it or, perhaps, having a body shop cover the diamond plate with sheet metal then paint. We'll see ho much $$$$ that would be though.
But I do like the accent it gives your bike.

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Re: GL Wood Kit, Or Diamond Plate?

Postby dtherren » Fri May 14, 2010 12:17 pm

maestro319,

Thanks for the flowers.... :D

If it were me on covering up the diamond plate?

I wouldnt try and cover it with sheet metal. It will eventuall look crappy and all warped....

If you use an acid, like an aluminum britener (dont get it on the paint) or sand it with 400, 600, then 1000 grit to clean it up, then you can use an etching primer on it so paint will bond to it.

Once the primer in place and sanded, you can then paint it to match bike or whatever color you choose.

I have seen it painted and it looks good with a gloss or clear coat on it. You might want to clearcoat it anyway for extra protection of the paint.

Just my $.02 worth.
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Re: GL Wood Kit, Or Diamond Plate?

Postby maestro319 » Fri May 14, 2010 1:13 pm

Good information, thanks.I'll see what i can do.

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Re: GL Wood Kit, Or Diamond Plate?

Postby dtherren » Wed May 19, 2010 2:55 pm

Here is the finished product, complete with floorboards.

Polished to a mirror finish. So far, the sun hasnt bothered me at all.

I like it, and Mama likes it. Everybody that sees it does!
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Re: GL Wood Kit, Or Diamond Plate?

Postby maestro319 » Wed May 19, 2010 3:12 pm

Wow!! It does look great, especially the floor boards. That's what i have to do with the diamond plate floorboards on my trike. Right now they are pretty dull looking, but if I can get them to look like that then I would feel so bad about them.
What were the steps you took to get them so good looking?




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