Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Costa Mesa, CA, USA
Saving a Supersport...continued
The dash panel on my Supersport was loose to the touch. I tried to remove it, but only one mount was still attached to the frame. The other two had broken off. While trying to loosen the nut on the last remaining mount, the plastic just snapped. I guess after 20 years in a hot dry climate, plastic tends to get brittle and break.
The gauges needed to be restored as the indicator needles were almost white from fading (originally bright orange) and the dash surround was distorted from shrinkage. I removed the gauges and delivered them to my local speedo guy for repair and restoration.
I checked with my local Duc dealer on the dash and he said NLA. He did check other dealers in the USA and steered me to one that had a new one on the shelf. I was lucky to snag it.
Next, I spent some time cleaning the cases up. This is a thankless task until you step back and see how nice they look when done. I thought about refinishing them, but the original patina seemed more natural as they just weren't that bad.
Ordering the parts is a time consuming endeavor. The part numbers have to be identified in the parts book (pdf) and then put into an on-line parts finder (I use Ducati of Omaha) to see if they are available and the price. Usually, I check with the dealer first and then use secondary sources for the NLA items. Granted, some of the dealer pricing is a little steep, but not always. I like to get all the little parts that are worn out or broken. All the hardware goes through my ultrasonic cleaner.
I'm waiting to get my heads back from the machine shop that is doing the cleaning/blasting so I can do the valve job and reassemble the heads.
Old & Slow; 2001 748, 1997 916, WSM Leggero, 1999 900SS track bike, 2002 998 track bike, Bimota SB6