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McRomo44's 919 Tank Grip Pad Templates

A number of people have asked for them over time.
I just discovered the pdf file somehow got screwed up and split the second page in two.
If anyone wants the repaired template pdf file, just say the word. Send a PM with an e mail address that will accept attachments.

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sorry i'm not quite sure i understand. what is this?

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sorry i'm not quite sure i understand. what is this?
If you want to put tank grip pads on, I found no templates existed for the 919.
I bought do it yourself kits of Tech Spec "Snake Skin" and got out the drafting kit and went to work.

We're talking about grippy rubber pads on the sides of the tank that your legs won't slip and slide all over on, like they will on a painted tank at Track Days.
It also cuts down heat loss on cold days when your jeans are touching an ice cold tank.

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hmmm, sounds interesting! how much?

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hmmm, sounds interesting! how much?
lol he isnt selling you the grip stuff, he is giving you a template to cut the grip stuff out

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lol he isnt selling you the grip stuff, he is giving you a template to cut the grip stuff out
Thanks hornet919, you answered for me !

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A number of people have asked for them over time.
I just discovered the pdf file somehow got screwed up and split the second page in two.
If anyone wants the repaired template pdf file, just say the word. Send a PM with an e mail address that will accept attachments.
Someone asked about tools and tricks.

1
Do the layout work on the back of the grip pad.

2
I did my long line cutting with Wiss MPC-3 general purpose shears.

3
I did my tight radius cutting with Wiss M7 left hand turn sheet metal shears.
If I was a left handed cutter, I would have used a M6.

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I did my edge chamfering with a right angled grinder with a hard disc on it.
(the typical rigid fibre type that comes standard fitted with such grinders)

5
Clean the tank with Windex, and make sure all wax etc is gone so the grip pad can have max stick to the paint.

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I used painters tape on the tank for the second side re the top grip.
Used the first side as a datum, then mirrored the forward most point and ran the tape edge to there. This is not really necessary, but it helps, especially if you find yourself moving the pad around to get the perfect spot. At least a bit of tape at one point or two will give you additional reference points to compare to as you do any slight relocations in an effort to find that perfect spot.

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The upper grip pad is on the ragged edge of what can be made to fit and not lift off at the top edge due to tank curvature. Take your time aligning before touching, but the Snake Skin can easily be pulled off and re-contacted until you have it exactly where you want it.

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I used a heat gun to set the adhesive.
(It was too cold when I did it)
Don't do this in your garage with the door closed !
The gasoline starts cooking off light ends and the tank vents and it smells and is a safety hazard.
Better is a hot day in the sun, but if you don't have that, a heat gun works, and much better than a hair drier.
(My heat gun is a red hot wire coil forced hot air type. It is ancient, but I assume they still exist)

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Which ones are we talking about here? I used the templates from sbeau1960's thread called "Tank Grip" and they were great

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/a...Pattern919.jpg

https://wristtwisters.com/naked-bikes...tank-grip.html Thread link


Maybe if we've got more than one option now these threads should be combined and stickied...or added to Mr. Mikes helpful topics sticky? Just a thought....





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Which ones are we talking about here? I used the templates from sbeau1960's thread called "Tank Grip" and they were great

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/a...Pattern919.jpg

https://wristtwisters.com/naked-bikes...tank-grip.html Thread link


Maybe if we've got more than one option now these threads should be combined and stickied...or added to Mr. Mikes helpful topics sticky? Just a thought....
The ones being discussed here are ones I cooked up on my own.
I have not seen the ones you referred to.
My guess is that mine go beyond, as there are 3 pieces for each side, not just one as is the norm. I have way more area gripped.

I would love to give the picture and templates to a guy like Mr. Mike so he could add to most excellent info, if he wants to. In any event, my intent is nothing more that to save someone the time I spent doing coming up with the design work. Ideal would be making them accessible on the web for anyone to access anytime they want. I do not know how to do that.

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