Troubadour and I managed to find some time after work to apply/install the tank pads. Hardest part was not running right out to the garage after receiving them, but waiting a day or two until we could take our time and do it right. Before I get into the install I figured I'd best show you a picture of how it looks complete.
Introducing........Max 2.0 - Cool Max
I am super happy with the way it looks. Just exactly as I thought it would. Max, but better. Who knew a little plastic body enhancement would suit him so well.
This post will contain a bit about the contents of the kit and the install. I wasn't able to find any information about it on the interweb when I was searching for info months ago. Hopefully this will help others that may be debating about whether or not to add the kit to their Gladius. If you don't want to read about the install just scroll down for more pics of it complete.
SUZUKI PART 990D0-44H03-PAD - CHEQUERED PAD SET
What is included in the kit: 2 tank pads, 2 smaller decals for the covers by the seat, 1 cleaning towelette, 1 pkg soap concentrate, installation instructions.
|(Suzuki Part # 990D0-44H03-PAD)|
1. Remove the original silver S badging front the tank covers. A hair dryer will aid in removal.
2. Clean the surface to remove any decal residue. Take the cleaning towelette provided (large alcohol wipe) and wipe the surface of the tank covers and also clean the covers beneath the seat where the smaller decals will be applied. Let dry.
3. Mix the soap concentrate with 5 liters of water and add a good portion of it to a spray bottle.
4. Remove the backing from the double sided tape inside the tank pad, spray the back of the pad and the actual tank cover with the solution.
5. Apply the tank pad. Center it into place and press. Within 10 seconds it adheres on its own. Press around the edges where the tape is located to make sure it is secure as it dries. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for other side. Gently wipe any over-spray of soap solution off of tank.
6. Apply smaller chequered/checkered decal to each side of cover beneath the seat.
|(1. Remove original silver S badge)|
|(2. Clean the surface using towelette provided)|
|(4. Remove backing from double-sided tape)|
|(Chequered tank pad after application)|
|(Cover beneath seat ready for decal)|
|(Cover with decal applied)|
Overall it was an easy process that took more time to prep for than it did to apply. I find it to be great quality with thicker pads than anticipated. The small decals might wear in the weather like any decal would, but the tank pads should last. (provided there are no petrol spills).
I am looking forward to riding to coffee on Saturday to see how many people notice the difference. Maybe we'll get out for a ride after and find some spring blooms as a nice backdrop for some more photos.
Thank you again MB, you really are too kind.
- Au Revoir
" I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." - G.K. Chesterton.