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Title: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: thundermax 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
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Robert 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.
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: devilboy 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...
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Connie4Jim 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.
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: ZG 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...

 :iagree:
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Poorboy 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
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Squid on February 13, 2013, 05:29:43 pm
Applied mine Monday night. Using a hair dryer is the way to go.
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: thundermax 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?
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Conrad 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.

(http://www.zggtr.org/MGalleryItem.php?id=211)
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Deepsea 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.
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: thundermax on February 14, 2013, 12:16:32 am
Would you mind posting pics of left, right, and top. Like to see your placement. Thanks.
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Conrad on February 14, 2013, 02:49:56 pm
Would you mind posting pics of left, right, and top. Like to see your placement. Thanks.


Here you go.

(http://www.zggtr.org/MGalleryItem.php?id=424)

(http://www.zggtr.org/MGalleryItem.php?id=426)

Dang that's a good lookin bike!
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: thundermax 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.
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: thundermax 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.
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: noodle 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.
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: TJ 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
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Mark D 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  :'(
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: thundermax 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.

Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: notsluggo on February 15, 2013, 01:31:18 am
That's the kit I put on my '11 and it fits perfectly.
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Mark D 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???
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: ZG 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:
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: ZG 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). 
:great: :beerchug:
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Conrad 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?    :))
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Brass 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

Edit
Here is the only pic i have right now
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Larry on February 15, 2013, 01:30:10 pm
Nice.....
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: ZG on February 15, 2013, 03:05:19 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.

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?    :))

 :truce:

hahaha... Ironically I don't have any pics of it C, I did check though, but I can take one if you need. Yes you can buy just that larger center pad from TS, that's what I did.
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: fartymarty on February 15, 2013, 04:14:45 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.

I had the same problem with the center piece (the wider one) a little pucker up at the bottom center. I kept pushing it down with my thumb and eventually it gave in.
 It took a few months before it surrendered to my will. Looks good now. I love it when my determination to procrastinate becomes patience.  :)
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Deepsea on February 15, 2013, 04:30:46 pm
Here are the pics of how they look on my 09. I used a hair dryer to warm both the tank and the rubber pads. It made them much easier to apply. I didn't get them hot, just warm.
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Conrad on February 15, 2013, 05:05:17 pm
Here are the pics of how they look on my 09. I used a hair dryer to warm both the tank and the rubber pads. It made them much easier to apply. I didn't get them hot, just warm.

Nice! Thanks Deepsea.
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: thundermax on February 15, 2013, 09:33:16 pm
Have to admit I do like the bigger center protector, the way it looks as compared to the thinner one. Contacted the retailer today, told them about this, they indicated the incorrect one was sent, were sending the correct one, guessing the smaller center one. The one I have now says 2007-2009 on it. When it arrives will have to make a decision on which one to put on.

For the price I feel the manufacturer should have done a better job molding the fit in the center rather than just cutting the rubber flat. IMHO.
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: devilboy on February 15, 2013, 10:16:38 pm
I received the same one (wider and shorter) and applied it roughly even with the tops of  upper left and rights.
I would send a picture but they are off right now for a little paint touch up... I am repainting a portion of tank where I dropped handle bar on it when I was putting in risers.... I painted it once and screwed it up so I will give it one more shot before I  bring in a real painter...  The Arabian Red on the 12 is beautiful  BUT  it is a multi level paint process.
Base coat, Main coat  and then Clear coat.. I did it the first time  medicated on pain killers, I thought it looked great until I saw it  the next day :rotflmao:  By the time I finish this I should have just had it painted by a pro. 
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Brass on February 16, 2013, 02:05:26 pm
Have to admit I do like the bigger center protector, the way it looks as compared to the thinner one. Contacted the retailer today, told them about this, they indicated the incorrect one was sent, were sending the correct one, guessing the smaller center one. The one I have now says 2007-2009 on it. When it arrives will have to make a decision on which one to put on.

For the price I feel the manufacturer should have done a better job molding the fit in the center rather than just cutting the rubber flat. IMHO.

Why it lays flat on the tank when applied and stay in place
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Larry on February 16, 2013, 04:05:17 pm


Why it lays flat on the tank when applied and stay in place
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+1 Agree, mine have been on the bike for 2 years, look great and haven't moved at all.
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Shredran on May 04, 2018, 12:59:00 am
Is it OK to ride the bike immediately after applying these?
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Conrad on May 04, 2018, 09:28:54 am
Is it OK to ride the bike immediately after applying these?

Yep, they stick tight right away.
Title: Re: Installation of TechSpec Tank Protectors
Post by: Shredran on May 04, 2018, 11:31:00 pm
Just finished mine, they look great