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How To - Repair and Upgrade Topics => How to install a seat cover => Topic started by: Foxx4Beaver on July 16, 2014, 05:24:20 PM



Title: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on July 16, 2014, 05:24:20 PM
I've come across this site in the past on here....I see they've expanded their selection of items quite nicely, with quite reasonable prices...I'll be making some purchases in the near future...

http://www.evo-mx.com/mall/departmentpage.cfm/EvoMx/_419844/1


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on July 19, 2014, 02:33:13 PM
just ordered the 98 K5 seat cover...ended up being $70, not bad...hopefully it will fit good and is made out of quality material.


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on July 31, 2014, 05:11:26 PM
guess I know what I'm doing over a couple beers or mudslides tomorrow :lol:

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0027_zpsfa82d58f.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0027_zpsfa82d58f.jpg.html)


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: sandblaster on July 31, 2014, 06:01:47 PM
Not done yet?


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on July 31, 2014, 06:06:06 PM
correct me if I'm wrong...but it's not tomorrow yet.


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: DoldGuy on July 31, 2014, 06:57:12 PM
Let us know the quality of material & fit, I'm old school and like a lot of their products looks.  :-D

DoldGuy


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on July 31, 2014, 07:06:36 PM
Let us know the quality of material & fit, I'm old school and like a lot of their products looks.  :-D

DoldGuy

will do... :-D
Their products do have a nice look, I'd like to see them sell a reproduction set of the 2000 graphics.


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: sandblaster on July 31, 2014, 09:49:05 PM
correct me if I'm wrong...but it's not tomorrow yet.

That's right, you live a long ways from here.... but not quite the other side of the planet....  :lol:


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on August 01, 2014, 03:17:13 AM
so here's the culprit...I bought this seat off e-bay a few weeks ago for a spare for $40.
it looked like just typical dirt and grime on it in the pics...I've cleaned many a seat with outstanding results over the years...but this one refuses to come clean!. It appears to have gotten some kind of overspray on it at some point. I've gone from warm soapy water, to as strong as acetone, and lacquer thinner...nothin!
I've always liked and preferred the 98-2000 seats, so I was happy to find these replacement covers at EVO.
I'll be pickin away at it throughout the day today between running errands.

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0028_zps43b98d26.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0028_zps43b98d26.jpg.html)
(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0017_zps04fe660f.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0017_zps04fe660f.jpg.html)
(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0029_zps6f49d528.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0029_zps6f49d528.jpg.html)


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on August 01, 2014, 06:32:12 AM
I've got the initial start of it done....now it's gonna sit in the black f-150 with the windows up for a couple hours and marinate...direct sunlight will be on it in an hour.

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0030_zpsc6cbd418.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0030_zpsc6cbd418.jpg.html)


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on August 01, 2014, 09:02:35 AM
we're getting there...about 20mins into it...I gotta run out for an hour, so back in the truck it goes til I get back...

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0031_zps475b8840.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0031_zps475b8840.jpg.html)
(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0032_zpse46078d7.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0032_zpse46078d7.jpg.html)


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: sandblaster on August 01, 2014, 09:55:12 AM
Looking good.
Heating it up a bit works great!
As with all vinyls, leather, Naugahyde, and carpet.... Stretch the length first  :-)


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on August 01, 2014, 11:00:29 AM
Looking good.
Heating it up a bit works great!
As with all vinyls, leather, Naugahyde, and carpet.... Stretch the length first  :-)

yup, that's what the initial oven bake in the truck was for...roughly 115-120 degrees in there for about an hour....nice and pliable!


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on August 01, 2014, 11:40:33 AM
well it's pretty much done, just gotta throw the mounting brackets back on.

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0037_zps26ba530e.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0037_zps26ba530e.jpg.html)
(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0036_zpsa8b8c5c7.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0036_zpsa8b8c5c7.jpg.html)

and now for the real test....to see if it still looks good once installed!

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0038_zpsee9226b4.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0038_zpsee9226b4.jpg.html)
(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0042_zps5a4217ff.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0042_zps5a4217ff.jpg.html)
(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0041_zps1d432bd6.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0041_zps1d432bd6.jpg.html)

and it does!
the color is a bit off, but that's to be expected with an aftermarket cover...my other aftermarket cover was off too, but seemed to blend in better over time.
total time...including removing the old cover/staples, cleaning the snot outa the pan/preparation, and installing the new cover...was 1 hour and 45mins....
the key to seat covers is to KEEP it warm and pliable throughout the install, that's why putting it in a hot car/truck for a while works awesome, because the WHOLE seat gets warm, and the seat foam holds the heat for quite a while....I've watched guys struggle for hours and even days in some cases over the years because they don't KEEP them warm so they can stretch...which is also an easy way to tear/damage a brand new cover before it's even on!

Now it's on to more important things...drinking! :-D


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on September 27, 2014, 04:03:30 PM
So I shot EVO an e-mail last Friday, asking if there was any chance they would be producing some 2000 K5 shroud/tank decals anytime soon, since the only difference in the '99's and '00's was a color change.
The answer I got was...

"I'm sure we could change the purple to gold, the only problem as far as we are concerned is the fact that we can't print a metallic gold. Instead we do a close color match which looks very good, but without the metal flake effect. Give me your address and I'll ship out a small sample on our ThickStuff for you to compare.
Kind Regards, Frank"  

So yesterday these fine samples showed up...
(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0102_zps8fa63e01.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0102_zps8fa63e01.jpg.html)

#1 is the closest...when I compare it to the OEM decal I have, #1 could be about 3 shades darker, and I think that would be perfect...so I shot him an e-mail back late yesterday stating just that. Hopefully Monday I'll get an answer if he can go a little darker, if not...#1 it is.  


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: sandblaster on September 28, 2014, 12:43:17 PM
That's great customer service.


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on September 28, 2014, 12:58:17 PM
That's great customer service.

In my e-mail I sent back the other night, I commented on how surprised I was that he sent me 4 samples in the 1st sentence....then on my closing sentence, I thanked him for his "outstanding customer service"...
I'm very happy with small amount of business I've done with them so far. :-)


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: bens87braap on September 28, 2014, 03:42:28 PM
I have only good things to say about them they were great to me the mistake was mine.  My EVO sticker kit doesnt fit the DG Rad shroud but the tank wrap fits very nice just need to find a half way decent rad shroud to fit the stickers


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on September 29, 2014, 01:28:09 PM
Ok, got a response today...it read...

"Here's a quick pic of the 500...we think there's a fade on the gold from dark to light as we've shown in the pic. Can you confirm this?...then we can get them printed up and out the door to you.
Regards, Frank"

So I thought this was interesting, as I've never noticed a fade on my OEM decal, or on the N-Style graphics that're currently on my bike....and I was right, there isn't.
But the pics he sent me do....and I like it...so I told him to go ahead and print em up with the fade, and send me a Pay-Pal invoice when he's ready to ship em out....

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/2000-KX-500-Tank-Rads_zps53c4cf50.gif) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/2000-KX-500-Tank-Rads_zps53c4cf50.gif.html)


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Dutch-K5 Fan on October 01, 2014, 01:26:06 AM
Maybe he can make 92 decal for mine 07af.

Looks great.



dutchie


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 01, 2014, 11:26:16 AM
Maybe he can make 92 decal for mine 07af.

Looks great.



dutchie

shoot em an e-mail, see if there's anything they can do....so far they've been extremely helpful and eager to make me happy. :-D


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 01, 2014, 01:07:30 PM
I just paid for em...$84 USD to my door...should have em this time next week.


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 02, 2014, 11:42:45 AM
so after paying for the graphics, I sent Frank another e-mail, thanking him again...but also asked if there was any chance we'd be seeing anything available for the '2000 KX250....his response was....

"We do have the Y2K graphics...just not on-line! In fact we have a huge number of files that we need to include in our web inventory, but just haven't had the time.
However, we're having a new designer start with us on Monday, and his first job is to start populating the site with all the new product.
Anyway, here's a pic of the 125-250. We used the same fade as the 500, although we may change that."

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/2000-KX-125-250-Tank-Rads_zpsf4694076.gif) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/2000-KX-125-250-Tank-Rads_zpsf4694076.gif.html)

I do like the fade better.

So, expect to see a whole lot more options of graphics over the next couple weeks!!






Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 08, 2014, 03:23:55 PM
Graphics showed up today...not bad, 1 week shipping.

These are pretty legit, quite thick and they have a very "clean" look...

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0105_zpsbad34a7f.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0105_zpsbad34a7f.jpg.html)

then I was thinking about go'in black...so I got a black rear fender, shrouds, fork sliders, and still waiting on the front number plate, green side plates that will have black backgrounds...not sure if I'll like it, but it's "time for change".

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0104_zpscc7cbfc2.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0104_zpscc7cbfc2.jpg.html)


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: bens87braap on October 09, 2014, 01:09:37 AM
thats  gona look sweet


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 09, 2014, 03:29:54 PM
thats  gona look sweet


I hope so...if not, there'll be some black plastics for sale cheap :lol:


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 09, 2014, 03:46:00 PM
we're gettin there...

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0109_zps9034f0cf.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0109_zps9034f0cf.jpg.html)

not sure if I wanna tell Frank I cut up his beautiful graphics to "my" liking, but...the OEM's are cut the exact same way.


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 09, 2014, 03:48:08 PM
and that wraps the shrouds up....

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0110_zpsa16ca8a0.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0110_zpsa16ca8a0.jpg.html)


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 09, 2014, 05:34:59 PM
and the side plates....

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0111_zps7a5c11b4.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0111_zps7a5c11b4.jpg.html)
(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0112_zps38de7b41.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0112_zps38de7b41.jpg.html)

it's amazing how smooth and stress-free graphics go on when you're 8 beers deep and feeling alright....if only my work place would let me sauce-up on the job, I'd get way more done! 


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 10, 2014, 07:00:35 AM
I forgot when you buy new fork sliders, they don't come with new guides!
Luckily I still had an old set of guides, and a can of black vinyl dye...

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0113_zps9777f248.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0113_zps9777f248.jpg.html)


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 10, 2014, 07:16:49 AM
and this is how it sits as of 9 this morning....

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0127_zps1643fa55.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0127_zps1643fa55.jpg.html)


(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0128_zps47c89bfa.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0128_zps47c89bfa.jpg.html)

I'm postponing the black rear fender for the moment...I kinda like it like it is...then next weekend I fit it up and see how it looks.


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: bens87braap on October 14, 2014, 01:42:36 AM
they look great on the black  8-)


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 14, 2014, 02:01:59 PM
they look great on the black  8-)

thanks bens!...I think so too.
I've actually decided to keep the green rear fender, I even have a new green rear on the way to keep things uniformly new.
I remember seeing a pic of some ones '00 KX250 with black side plates and black rear fender, and I liked how it looked...so that's where the black fender is going.


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: bens87braap on October 14, 2014, 06:21:23 PM
I decided to use my original rad shroud as the EVO shroud decal fits it perfect.  Any pointers on repairing the small corner bit that is missing?  I was thinking of fiberglass but not sure if it will hold up to the impact as it doesnt bend as much as the plastic.


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: bens87braap on October 14, 2014, 06:23:19 PM
get a pic of the black rear and we here at KXRiders can vote lol


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 15, 2014, 02:14:12 AM
I decided to use my original rad shroud as the EVO shroud decal fits it perfect.  Any pointers on repairing the small corner bit that is missing?  I was thinking of fiberglass but not sure if it will hold up to the impact as it doesnt bend as much as the plastic.


zip-ties make great stitches.


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: sandblaster on October 15, 2014, 07:08:08 AM
zip-ties make great stitches.

We call those Frankenstitches,,


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 15, 2014, 01:41:39 PM
zip-ties make great stitches.

We call those Frankenstitches,,

yup...and they work like a charm!....I actually have an old rear fender laying around from my current 250 that I broke from looping out doing wheelies going down the sand pit hills that we climb here, that I stitched up until the new one arrived.


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 15, 2014, 01:46:05 PM
get a pic of the black rear and we here at KXRiders can vote lol

to do that correctly, it has to be cut/modified to fit the 500....then if I don't like it...it's useless for the 250.
I just think it would be too much black.
I like variety...like the pigs I sleep with :lol:


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: bens87braap on October 15, 2014, 06:12:06 PM
looking at the pic again and yes the black rear fender would make the seat and fender look as one.  I like it mixed up a bit too.
 


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: sandblaster on October 15, 2014, 06:36:25 PM
I just slap something out of the junk piles on and run it....
But then I'm poor and not fussy  :-D


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 16, 2014, 12:14:49 AM
when it comes to my toys, no junk for me... :wink:...now the pigs I bang....well, that's another story :lol:


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 25, 2014, 01:21:04 PM
so the 250 is under way of blackening...I just ordered more graphics from EVO, black shrouds, front # plate, fork sliders, and front fender...all black.

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0132_zpsf9d70ebc.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0132_zpsf9d70ebc.jpg.html)

I'll get black wheels with gold hubs too, but probably not til the Spring at this point.


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on September 08, 2015, 10:52:04 AM
So I've been talking with Frank over the past couple weeks, he's agreed to make me up some oem replica decals for my 250 & 500.
He just informed me today that it's going to be a little longer than expected...because he's also been talked into doing the USA team of Trampas Parker...Dubach...Dehoop...and Dowd!!...for this years Vet MX Des Nations at Farleigh this coming weekend. Dowd will be on board the '89 KX500 again too!
So we should be seeing the event uploaded on YouTube shortly after 8-)


Title: Re: EVO-MX
Post by: Foxx4Beaver on October 09, 2015, 02:34:29 PM
after e-mailing Frank several random pics of '03 swingarm decals, because he didn't have any on file...he was able to make up a couple sets for me, they're perfect...still waiting on my customized oem '03 tank/shroud decals....

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0209_zpsio9f3a7h.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0209_zpsio9f3a7h.jpg.html)

(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac152/foxx4afoxx2/IMG_0210_zps0752xegi.jpg) (http://s895.photobucket.com/user/foxx4afoxx2/media/IMG_0210_zps0752xegi.jpg.html)