Hey guys, I just got a 1098s, and I was wondering if anyone had heard of, or knew anything about painting the swing arm and/or the stand black? That's the one thing about this beast I wish I could do, and any feedback would be sweet!
It can be done for sure...it all depends what type of application. You can use paint w/ a hardner or power coating. I had my 03' sand casted swinger done w/ paint to match to darker grey/black arms that some 999's came with. It is extremely durable and I'm very happy w/ it. I had some area's such as the chain adjuster and shock pivot point that were machined sufaces-so I went w/ paint. Powercoating is more durable than paint but w/ my arm it was easier to mask off the machined surfaces and paint it. If I used powder I would have to do the whole arm then remove the coating from the machined surfaces in order for the shock, axle, adjusters to move freely. Both are easy and cheap to do!
I guess from what I can see powder coating is the way to go. I certainly respect chrome finishes, but really I want the effect of the 1198 swing arms, where they almost disappear due to the matte black. So basically, to get it powder coated, the swing arm has to come off, and I'm pretty sure the dealer is gonna drill me on labor for that one ZDM, had a 999, I was wondering if the process wouldn't be a little different due to the duat nature of that swing arm? I think the actual powder coating is fairly reasonable, but any ideas on labor to get the swing arm off?
Just get one of these from shift-tech and call it a day. In addition to being cheaper than the alternative you're proposing, it is actually functional in that it protects the swingarm from rash during a lowside. Sure it's not gonna be as slick as an all black swinger but it's close enough.