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    Ride Plate Finish

    I pulled my ride plate last night and have a few questions:

    1) The finish on my plate is kinda rough. I don't know what type of treatment the factory puts on these, but mine is worn away pretty bad. Can I pait the plate, or will that screw up the heat transfer? Other options?

    2) I was a little surprised with the plastic nozzles that screw into the ride plate, versus something metal (didn't seem very strong or reliable). Has there been an update for this connection?


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    Quote Originally Posted by thompsdw View Post
    I pulled my ride plate last night and have a few questions:

    1) The finish on my plate is kinda rough. I don't know what type of treatment the factory puts on these, but mine is worn away pretty bad. Can I pait the plate, or will that screw up the heat transfer? Other options? Its a rough finish from the factory, you can smooth it out with some fine grit sandpaper if you want...

    2) I was a little surprised with the plastic nozzles that screw into the ride plate, versus something metal (didn't seem very strong or reliable). Has there been an update for this connection? I don't think so, its not a moving or load bearing part...
    Make sure when you reinstall it, you doo your best to bleed the system well befor riding to get rid of all air bubbles...

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    I Have Found If You Lean The Ski Down Toward The Nose It Helps Get The Air Bubbles Toward The Fittings And Bleed Out Better

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    [quote=Danny;532336]Its a rough finish from the factory, you can smooth it out with some fine grit sandpaper if you want...quote]

    It looks like the '02 is close to bare metal. Is it aluminum??????

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    Quote Originally Posted by thompsdw View Post
    It looks like the '02 is close to bare metal. Is it aluminum??????

    Its aluminum...

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    I assumed so. It just looks like crap. Will paint harm the heat transfer?

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    No, but it might slow you down a tad.

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    take some 800 grit DRY, then some 1500 grit WET....the FLITZ IT!

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    I used 200 then 400 and then wetsanded with 600. came out nice.

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    Tried the sandpaper today. Problem is that the finish is coming up aluminum "shinny". Don't like that. Is paint the only solution to dull it out?

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