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    Default Best tank pad for 851

    Hi Folks. What is the best tank pad for my 89 851 S3? I was hoping for something clear so I can see the lovely original paint.

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    Most of the clear ones in the thick type plastic will inevitably end up with air underneath them creating bubbles which look unsightly.
    I've seen them applied complete with a fingerprint in them too!
    I'd go for some contact adhesive sheet applied with a hair dryer or better still dont wear a jacket with an exposed zip or belt buckle.
    #justmy2cworth

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    Thanks 900SL
    Makes sense. Problem is my jacket still dulls the duco. No zips.
    1989 851 Strada
    1991 907IE
    1992 Superlight #187
    1998 916 Biposto
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bunting View Post
    Thanks 900SL
    Makes sense. Problem is my jacket still dulls the duco. No zips.
    Just keep applying wax when it dulls. I don't have a tank pad because they spoil the look of the bike, so just am very careful re zips and keep waxing regularly!

    Sent from my LG-D855 using Tapatalk

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    3M Paint Protection Film. If applied properly you cant see it, I could send you a photo but no point. These guys used to do 851/888 tank and leading edge of fairings. http://www.ozishield.com.au/

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    Default Try kitchen shelf lining - Fablon

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bunting View Post
    Hi Folks. What is the best tank pad for my 89 851 S3? I was hoping for something clear so I can see the lovely original paint.
    I've used a thin plastic sheet product for some years now called Fablon that's clear, sticky on one side, and can be safely removed without removing the paint.

    You can cut it to size easily, and if some care is taken, can be applied air bubble free. I used templates taken from the bodywork so its symmetric on both sides.

    Phil

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    I have a set of period correct chunky black and rounded rubber ones. They look the part!

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    Default tank pads

    i have sold quite a few to members here.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/231960377240...84.m1555.l2649

    bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by motobob1000 View Post
    i have sold quite a few to members here.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/231960377240...84.m1555.l2649

    bob

    These are spot on. And period correct.

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    Exactly what was fitted to my 851 tank but I gently peeled it off to have the tank repainted and can not decide what adhesive to use to refix it on my shiny new paintwork.

    Would be grateful for any advice.

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