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Old 02-09-2011, 04:10 PM   #1
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If I purchase a new primed OEM style LH Upper Fairing for this 09 ZX10 similiar to the one pictured below how much would I expect to pay to get it painted gloss black (oem color) to match bike? Trying to decide on buying an aftermarket piece for ~100$ or a painted OEM piece for ~280$
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If I purchase a new primed OEM style LH Upper Fairing for this 09 ZX10 similiar to the one pictured below how much would I expect to pay to get it painted gloss black (oem color) to match bike? Trying to decide on buying an aftermarket piece for ~100$ or a painted OEM piece for ~280$

Have it painted. I've had a whole bumper painted for $200.
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I dunno, unless the paint is significantly less, like 100$. I think an OEM ABS replacement would beat a fiberglass aftermarket piece if I am saving less than 80$.
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I dunno, unless the paint is significantly less, like 100$. I think an OEM ABS replacement would beat a fiberglass aftermarket piece if I am saving less than 80$.

Well, there's that too. Although its likely that the fiberglass part will hold up better in another crash?
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In my experience, aftermarket fiberglass fairings tend to shatter in a crash rather than rash. But I've only ever replaced a full set before with a rattlecan paint at home. Which was over a thousand dollars in savings over an OEM. I just need one piece here so I am a little torn.
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so buy the one piece, get the good rattlecan paint from colorite, and be done.
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so buy the one piece, get the good rattlecan paint from colorite, and be done.
Well my paint job in the past have been less than perfect, I'm not sure I trust myself to do a good job now
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just buy OEM. in the end, its worth it rather than savings a couple bucks...
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Ya I guess bottom line is, OEM adds more value. And since I have 1-2 bikes at a time and go through 2-3 bikes a year. Its likely I'll sell this one before December rolls around (though maybe not, i've liked it a lot more than any other) the OEM part will be more favorable to a buyer.
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Go to Ebay and buy the OEM part in the right color and year.

IMHO you will be happier in the long run.
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Looked, couldnt find anything but one... and he had it used priced higher than OEM brand new, and wouldnt budge on price like an idiot.
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tried some motorcycle salvage companies for that part? surely there's some gen 3 pieces to be had somewhere
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Check motorcycle salvage locations first.
Second, fiberglass and Chinese Ebay replacement parts *may* not fit well, likely won't. Fiberglass is great for racing, not the greatest for OEM replacement. If you go with glass, you really should get the whole set- upper and lower.
Third, if you are concerned about fit/ finish, OEM is always best. The paint for this bike is cheap and doesn't require the expensive Color-rite paint unless it's the black metallic. If it is the metallic, it can be duplicated without Color-rite, but it's best to go ahead and spend that money.
Finally, if you want it to look OEM, paint will not be the cheap part. The Color-rite costs ~$125/ quart and likely you can't get it mixed in a pint. Sometimes you can, but still, that's JUST the base coat, not including the reducer that Color-rite recommends for color match, plus the clear coat materials, and then the painter's time. If you know a good painter with access to special pricing or will do the job for next to nothing for his time, it's going to be expensive. Pay for that, or you'll be disappointed in the outcome.
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Well the OEM piece comes painted (I assume) for $281.53 from mrcycles.com I need to figure out the diff between ebony and black. I assume one is glossy and one is flat. I would need the glossy.

I don't know many motorcycle salvage around houston, but I guess I could look around for a few days. Would calling them up work or is it more of a might as well go down there, since they wont have a clue?
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just buy OEM. in the end, its worth it rather than savings a couple bucks...
Yep.....get OEM.....which means paint color will more than likely match where aftermarket is hit or miss. Not to mention OEM plastics have a lot better fitment than aftermarket which normally take a LOT of work...

Plus the leg work to get it prepped, painted, taking it to the shop and waiting for the work. It's not worth the headache when you can get OEM online from a dealer discounted for around $200, bolt on and ride...
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Well the OEM piece comes painted (I assume) for $281.53 from mrcycles.com I need to figure out the diff between ebony and black. I assume one is glossy and one is flat. I would need the glossy.

I don't know many motorcycle salvage around houston, but I guess I could look around for a few days. Would calling them up work or is it more of a might as well go down there, since they wont have a clue?
Start with calling Chris Romeo at Sam's Cycles in the Heights. There are also a few other shops around, Pasadena Cycles too. Sometimes local repair/ accessory shops have these things as well- call Motorcycles Unlimited and Whoopie's Cycles to see what they have laying around, you never know.

I would sincerely opt for painted OEM parts if the option is there and your budget allows. Especially if you care about fit/ finish/ color match. Not to mention when it comes time to sell, the buyer will notice things like this.

As above, I would avoid painting just one panel, the cost over-rides the value versus purchasing OEM. Paint, if you care about the looks, is not going to be cheap if it's going to be a good job. And if you get it painted, you SHOULD pay for the quality, and expect what you pay for.
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Yep.....get OEM.....which means paint color will more than likely match where aftermarket is hit or miss. Not to mention OEM plastics have a lot better fitment than aftermarket which normally take a LOT of work...

Plus the leg work to get it prepped, painted, taking it to the shop and waiting for the work. It's not worth the headache when you can get OEM online from a dealer discounted for around $200, bolt on and ride...
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In my experience, aftermarket fiberglass fairings tend to shatter in a crash rather than rash. But I've only ever replaced a full set before with a rattlecan paint at home. Which was over a thousand dollars in savings over an OEM. I just need one piece here so I am a little torn.

How much experience do you have crashing fiberglass parts? There's a lot of racers running around with fiberglass fairings because they stay together better, and are easier to repair......
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