Make a beater look brand new
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
The first step is to clean the quad, obtain your graphics kit,
and find a nice place to work. Our subject LTZ hasn’t seen a
lot of mud, so we just had to make sure that all the dust was
washed off. We still had enough heat that we were looking
for air conditioning to install the graphics, but if you live
where it is cold, a heated workspace is a huge bonus. Warm
graphics are far easier to apply correctly.
Test-fit the kit’s parts to the corresponding plastic surfaces.
This will give you an idea of the accuracy of the die-lines that
the company uses and perhaps, more important, show where
you need to clean and prep the plastic for the new graphics.
Sort through the graphics to make sure you have everything
that is supposed to be included. Some kits have various parts
taped to the cardboard backing. You will need to carefully
peel the tape, but try to leave no tape adhesive behind.
The most difficult part of the installation can be removing the
old graphics. Peel up from the corner, then pull smoothly and
slowly at a steep angle from the remaining sticker surface.
Ideally, you want the adhesive to stay on the sticker and none
to remain on the plastic. Alas, we don’t live in an ideal world.
You want to soak a pad of paper towel or a shop rag in contact cleaner or other solvent and let it sit over the glue to
soften it. Then you can rub it off. This is annoying, gooey
work, but it must be done.
erase bent, spindled or folded plastic,
and it is best to smooth deep scratches as well as you can. Follow along
as Pit Pros’ graphic master RJ
Wageman gives the Dirt Wheels
LTZ400 the full treatment.
Graphics kit: $168–$188
Contact: (619) 749-0355,
; Have you noticed that quads are
covered in plastic, but we ride them
in hard, scratchy dirt and mud? If you
have, then no doubt you know what
happens to that shiny plastic over
time. What used to be smooth and
glossy eventually looks more like a
weird, motorized Chia Pet. That is
where a graphics kit can do the trick.
A complete kit like this one for a
Suzuki LTZ400 from Invision Artworks
covers nearly all of that abused plas-
tic with cool, tough, new sticker mate-
rial. Naturally, the stickers won’t