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Adventure Spec bash plate and case guards
« on: May 30, 2014, 02:17:08 pm »
I ended up getting the Adventure Spec bash plate and case guards (sticker shock$$$!).   Only thing I would do differently is get them in plain aluminum color and not black. (oh, and I would use clear silicone and not the red for the side case guards!)
Glad I went with the Adventure Spec Bashplate!  Some nice rock dings up high that other plates may not have had coverage.



Stock vs. Adventure Spec



A little kick stand protection




The all important rear master cylinder protection


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Re: Adventure Spec bash plate and case guards
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2014, 02:18:40 pm »


Holy rock dings batman!
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Re: Adventure Spec bash plate and case guards
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2014, 02:19:48 pm »

Case guards after weekend of trails.
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Re: Adventure Spec bash plate and case guards
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2014, 05:18:02 pm »
That's a quality looking bash plate.  I like the improved coverage.  I wish Adventure Spec wasn't quite so proud of them ($$).
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Re: Adventure Spec bash plate and case guards
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2014, 03:38:24 pm »
Appears to be painted as opposed to hard anodized.
Black hard anodizing is a layer of oxidized aluminum, the stuff they use for grit in some sandpapers, and is difficult to scratch with a screwdriver.

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Re: Adventure Spec bash plate and case guards
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2014, 03:54:35 pm »
Appears to be painted as opposed to hard anodized.
Black hard anodizing is a layer of oxidized aluminum, the stuff they use for grit in some sandpapers, and is difficult to scratch with a screwdriver.

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They say on their site that they are " A 4/5mm Aluminium tig welded bashplate with a powder coated covering"

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Re: Adventure Spec bash plate and case guards
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2014, 03:59:15 pm »
Looks like I will be calling them tomorrow!
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Re: Adventure Spec bash plate and case guards
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2014, 04:10:20 pm »
Looks like I will be calling them tomorrow!

Powder coating SHOULD be more durable then paint....but not as good as if they did Black hard  anodize it.

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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2014, 10:16:02 am »
RESPONSE from Adventure Spec re:  the aluminum showing thru....


"   Adventure-Spec <enquiries@adventure-spec.com>
   
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to me

Dave,

Actually, painting as a process is approximately the same price as hard anodizing, but in this case all the KTM 690 Parts are hard anodized, not painted. We do this because it is more durable (as you suggest).

Hard anodizing is a chemical process that bonds a coloured pigment with the outer 'skin' of the Aluminium. Typically the coating is between 0.0005" to 0.006" thick, which means that once the outer layer is breached by your 150kg bike dropping on a rock the aluminium underneath will show thorugh. There is no way to stop this unfortunately unless we could somehow acquire a pigmented aluminium (which does not currently exist).

I hope this helps explain a little more about your product.

Dave


With best regards,
Customer Service

Interesting to me, as I personally did think hard anodizing would be a bit tougher then that..... I will say this though, not sure on my KLR what process they used, but the side engine cover which was black...also rubbed right thru within a week of me having the bike where my boot rubbed on it.   I guess hard anodizing won't stop that.....

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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2014, 10:59:10 am »
I'm not going to beat this to death but ........

I worked for 32 years in metal fabrication for the marine industry, many of the parts I worked on had been or were going to be hard coat anodized. On average I delivered & picked up well over 10,000 pounds of aluminum a year to/from the anodizer (was ALCOA in Vancouver WA).
Hard coat anodizing is so tuff it dulls drill bit and saw blades and last well for decades. Nothing short of a sharp/pointy object will scratch it and even then it's not easy, rubbing from a boot for a week will not do it.

There are other types of anodizing which produce a much softer less durable finish, but I would not refer to them as "hard" 
(Duranodic) anodizing.

"It is an electrochemical process that thickens and toughens the naturally occurring protective oxide. The resulting finish, depending on the process, is the second hardest substance known to man, second only to the diamond."

and

"Hard Anodizing is a term used to describe the production of anodic coatings with film hardness or abrasion as their primary characteristic. They are usually thick by normal anodizing standards (greater than 25 microns) and they are produced using special anodizing conditions (very low temperature, high current density, special electrolytes). They find application in the engineering industry for components which require a very wear resistant surface such as piston, cylinders and hydraulic gear. They are often left unsealed, but may be impregnated with materials such as waxes or silicone fluids to give particular surface properties." 

From here:

http://www.anodizing.org/Anodizing/definitions.html

Sorry for the long post.

Bruce


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