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Just rolled my Tecate4 out of the garage for a quick bath. Been sitting all winter long...covered in last years mud!!! Going to tear it down to the frame here in the next week or so. I'll go over some of the bearings and such...give the frame a couple small repairs...and some fresh paint. The engine is getting a rebuild....new crank...more portwork....new topend, all to compliment my new Sprock Pipe. Can anyone see anything DIFFERENT about my new 450? No, not just the fenders are off...something else. Let's see who has an EYE for the details.






 

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There is some sort of a silvery chorme graphic on the tank. :banana: Do I get a prize if i'm right? :banana:
 

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I think thats electric tape, I plan on doing the exact same with mine as soon as it shows up.[/b]
Why electrical tape, is that just a cheap way to have a black axle?

Maybe I am missing something but do you gain something from that?
 

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Keeps the axle nut tight, also keeps the axle looking like new, just a little do it youself tip that has been around for some time.
 

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Good eyes guys...Got a couple things...but missed some too. The tank does in fact have some additional graphics. I didn't put them there for appearances, but mostly to help protect the sides of the tank. In only 10 hrs they are starting to look awful scuzzy. My pants, the dirt and the occasional riding boot getting banged against them is taking a toll. I don't think it looks too bad. It is just simple "carbon fiber" background material that I cut.

The black axle...yep, black electrical tape. Not trying to go for the LOOK, but trying to keep a stock axle from looking like A$$. I have no idea why, but the stock axles in most ATVs turn to crap in such a short time. A few runs back and forth with the tape, and some of the abuse it will take in the mud/dirt and such will be minimized. The tape also is wrapped up on the locknut. I am used to doing it on stocker axles to help keep the nuts from backin off. My T4 has a Durablue with a locking nut, plus it is nearly new, so the chrome is in really good shape. No need for it just yet.

Now, a couple things nobody mentioned. Look closely at the nosepiece and rear fenders. Small "carbon fiber" graphics from the same background material on both. Lastly, no Fuel Injection stickers or the annoying warning labels. The only one left is the one on the left front fender (on the shelf now)








Oh ya, BTW, check out the bottoms of the rear fenders....totally thrashed already. Glad I didn't buy a black one. It would look like a 3 year old bike in 3 weeks.
 

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I think I am going to look into some clear protective vinal for those areas that you pointed out are getting a trashing, thanks for the heads up.
 

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Hey I got one! anyway how'd you get the warnings off? im doing the same to mine soon.
 

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Hey I got one! anyway how'd you get the warnings off? im doing the same to mine soon.[/b]

Just peeled them off. After they were gone...cleaned up the glue residue with some carb/choke cleaner and a VERY soft rag. I wanted to do it now...before the plastics got any fading or lots of scuffing. If ya wait too long, you will be able to tell exactly where there were decals/stickers.
 
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