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Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« on: February 13, 2013, 02:52:53 pm »
Just received the tank protectors for my 2009. The only instruction was to apply in 80 degrees or higher temperature day.

Just asking for comments that have applied the protectors to their bike, do's and don'ts.

Looks like I will have to wait until May-June to apply?

Thanks
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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2013, 03:07:26 pm »
It was cold out when I installed mine. I just left my bike out in the sun to get warmed up a bit. Also laid out the tank protectors out on the driveway for a while to get warmed up by the sun a bit as well.

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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2013, 03:24:55 pm »
Just received the tank protectors for my 2009. The only instruction was to apply in 80 degrees or higher temperature day.

Just asking for comments that have applied the protectors to their bike, do's and don'ts.

Looks like I will have to wait until May-June to apply?

Thanks

You can also use a hair dryer or real heat gun (WARM AIR) to heat up tank. and it couldnt hurt to clean areas to be applied with Preps-all and allow to fully dry...

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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2013, 03:27:25 pm »
I just installed mine on my 2010 a few days ago.  I used a hairdryer to heat up the area and it worked great.  BE CAREFUL - the adhesive on the back of the rubber grip can get peeled off pretty easily so when you start to peel the white covering off, be sure you're leaving the adhesive on the rubber.  Also, be sure that you start in the corner and press firmly as you peel the white covering off.  Sort of roll the rubber on as you pull the white covering away.

Good luck.  They look and feel great.
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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2013, 03:46:07 pm »
You can also use a hair dryer or real heat gun (WARM AIR) to heat up tank. and it couldnt hurt to clean areas to be applied with Preps-all and allow to fully dry...

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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2013, 03:47:32 pm »
I just installed mine on my 2010 a few days ago.  I used a hairdryer to heat up the area and it worked great.  BE CAREFUL - the adhesive on the back of the rubber grip can get peeled off pretty easily so when you start to peel the white covering off, be sure you're leaving the adhesive on the rubber.  Also, be sure that you start in the corner and press firmly as you peel the white covering off.  Sort of roll the rubber on as you pull the white covering away.

Good luck.  They look and feel great.

+1  This is what I did too.  Or, I guess you could wait for May-June.  LOL
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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2013, 05:29:43 pm »
Applied mine Monday night. Using a hair dryer is the way to go.

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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2013, 05:42:40 pm »
Guess I will wait for a 70 degree day, might have one in a few weeks. Live in central Oklahoma.

One other thing. My crotch area protector does not look like the one in the picture on their website. Does anybody else have a 2008-2009 that looks a little different too?
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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2013, 06:02:21 pm »
Guess I will wait for a 70 degree day, might have one in a few weeks. Live in central Oklahoma.

One other thing. My crotch area protector does not look like the one in the picture on their website. Does anybody else have a 2008-2009 that looks a little different too?


Here's what mine looks like.

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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2013, 06:12:10 pm »
I put the same set on my 09 and yes the center is different but IMHO looks better. Hair dryer works great for tank and protector just don't over heat the rubber,warm is better than hot.
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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2013, 12:16:32 am »
Would you mind posting pics of left, right, and top. Like to see your placement. Thanks.
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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2013, 02:49:56 pm »
Would you mind posting pics of left, right, and top. Like to see your placement. Thanks.


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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2013, 03:12:19 pm »
Nice, really like it. Really adds to the looks. Can't wait to get mine on. Thanks for posting.
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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2013, 10:41:56 pm »
Here is a pic of my tank protectors. The center piece is different than the pictures posted earlier. Trying to find the perfect spot for the center. Seems it is a little at odds with the tank as far as laying down flat. Hoping someone will post picture of protector like mine and where they placed it.
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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2013, 11:00:22 pm »
I had the same issue with the center piece not conforming to the tank as well. It could be rubbed down but would lift back up. I don't think the thickness of the material can take that tight of a bend. I contacted Tech Spec and they were happy to send me a new piece, but I'm thinking of cutting it to ease the bend.

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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2013, 11:21:10 pm »
That center looks identical to the BMW RT center, not at all like what we have.  I would verify with Tech Spec

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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2013, 12:13:06 am »
Thundermax I just received mine a couple of weeks ago for my 09 and mine is exactly as yours is WRT to the crotch area. Will put them on once the weather warms up which will be a while by the looks of things  :'(

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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2013, 12:25:12 am »
If I spend $90 on this, I would like it to fit perfect. Little bit disappointed. May cantact them.

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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2013, 01:31:18 am »
That's the kit I put on my '11 and it fits perfectly.
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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2013, 02:41:58 am »
What's the success rate in removing and reapplying at a later date. I guess one has to be careful not to remove the sticky backing on the rubber. Sounds easy enough but I've heard of the odd issue now and again. I paid $70 on an ebay auction. Are they up to $90 now???

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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2013, 02:51:18 am »
Here is a pic of my tank protectors. The center piece is different than the pictures posted earlier. Trying to find the perfect spot for the center. Seems it is a little at odds with the tank as far as laying down flat. Hoping someone will post picture of protector like mine and where they placed it.

That's the center piece I have too, and I like it much better than the smaller one Conrad shows, the larger one provides more coverage/protection IMO.  :great:
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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2013, 02:54:04 am »
What's the success rate in removing and reapplying at a later date.

I had no problem peeling mine off and re-applying almost a year later. I had a Targa tank bra on the tank but the TS on the sides, I later added the center piece from TS and had to adjust the side pieces to line up with it, no problem at all. The key is to drink a couple beers prior and make sure they are warm (the TS, not the beer...  ;D). 
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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2013, 10:34:10 am »
Here is a pic of my tank protectors. The center piece is different than the pictures posted earlier. Trying to find the perfect spot for the center. Seems it is a little at odds with the tank as far as laying down flat. Hoping someone will post picture of protector like mine and where they placed it.

That's the center piece I have too, and I like it much better than the smaller one Conrad shows, the larger one provides more coverage/protection IMO.  :great:

Hmmm, I kinda like the larger protector for the back of the tank too. It looks like the top of that protector would line up with the side pads nicer. I may see about getting the larger one, just for looks cuz the smaller one that I have does the job just fine. The only issue that I have with the center pad is that I have a hiviz jacket and where my jacket rubs on the pad it's leaving a small dark patch on my jacket.

Here's a silly question.

Hey J, you gotta pic of that center pad on your bike?    :))
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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2013, 11:04:10 am »
I had no problem getting the peice to stick down.  I don't have a pic available right now but i placed it about an inch above where the seat and tank meet

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Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
« Reply #24 on: February 15, 2013, 01:30:10 pm »
Nice.....
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