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post #1 of 16 Old 01-18-2017, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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How hard to change color?

Looking at buying a 2016 Wee. Best deal I could find was on either a silver or a red one. Don't really like either color. Would prefer white or blue. How difficult is it to change the color? Can you buy OEM panels in different colors, or do you have to paint your stock ones?
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You can of course buy different coloured panels but the cheaper option would be paint. Depending on your Strom type the tank would be the most difficult undertaking - too expensive to replace. And bikes do look a little odd with no graphics/badges.

I'm sure that getting it done professionally would be expensive and doing it with spray cans could easily end up a disaster. Side panels, tank and all the faring. You'd need to be fairly confident before undertaking that.

There are threads where people have vinyl wrapped their Strom for a completely individual look. Perhaps this might be worth a trial to see how it looks - it would certainly make your Strom unique.
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The tank is not a problem at all. Every 2012 and up 650 model comes with black gas tank. You can post in wanted section that you would like to trade your fairings. You never know...
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Thanks! Been looking at more pics of the bikes in those colors in the "real world" and they are growing on me...
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I sprayed my tank panels "rattle can" red and the side covers silver. They both are easily removed. I left the fairing black (stock color) since it goes with red and I didn't want to go to the trouble of taking it apart to paint. It didn't turn out too bad. I found some Suzuki emblems the same as the original ones on Ebay, much cheaper than from Suzuki. I might paint a different color this season to keep it interesting.

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If the color you want exists as a stock color, I've seen people arrange trades.

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The front painted piece is the hard part to get off. The whole fairing has to come off to access the attachment bolts. My Glee was the most difficult to disassemble bike I've ever owned. All the little catches and industrial strength press together panels were nerve wracking. Some pieces required more muscle to separate than other pieces could handle without breaking and it's hard to tell the difference with no experience.
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2015s came in white or blue and are still available. Look around.
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The front painted piece is the hard part to get off. The whole fairing has to come off to access the attachment bolts. My Glee was the most difficult to disassemble bike I've ever owned. All the little catches and industrial strength press together panels were nerve wracking. Some pieces required more muscle to separate than other pieces could handle without breaking and it's hard to tell the difference with no experience.
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The tank shroud and side panels are easy to get off. I painted mine with Krylon Fusion but it's flat Khaki so it's easy & hard to spot a flaw. The front mask is another thing, it's difficult to remove and had many interlocking tabs that easily break. I have not done the mask yet, but it will get taped off and painted in place. White is going to difficult to spray DIY and have it come out good.

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