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How-to: Remove Front Forks Reflectors of a Harley-Davidson

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Everything discussed in this post also applies to cars, boats and basically anything that comes with sticker reflectors, nameplates, badges, etc. To get an idea look at the highlighted part of the following picture.

Example bike: 2011 Harley-Davidson XL833N
Applies to: All Harley-Davidson models (and most cars too)
Cost: 0-10€
Time: 5-10 minutes
Level: Beginner
Tools: (1) fishing line or dental floss, (2) glue/sticker removal chemical, (3) towel

As mentioned above, this can be done easily using some simple things. So, first of all, clean the area carefully since you probably don’t want to scratch your paint because of some small debris or gravel…

Depending on the place you live in you might have to heat up the reflector to make your job easier. You can do this either by using a hair dryer or a heat gun (be very careful with this). However, now in Greece we have 35-40°C (95-104°F) so this step is not really necessary if you leave your bike for a couple of minutes under sun light.
Next, get some fishing line or even dental floss…

And start from bottom with a sawing movement to remove the sticker reflector. Don’t force it, keep doing it on a steady pace and slowly. It only takes a couple of minutes (in my case it took about 1.5 minute for each reflector) to remove it.

But the remaining glue on the front fork will look really ugly…

Take your glue/sticker removal chemical (I used Goo Gone as you can see below).

And pour some of it on a towel

By the way, thanks to Greek Army (Ε.Σ. stands for Ελληνικός Στρατός meaning Greek Army) I still have a shitload of towels that I can use for all these things. :P
After cleaning it up, you can see how awesome it looks.

Finally, here is a photograph before and after the removal of the reflectors.

Written by xorl

August 6, 2011 at 12:31

Posted in motorcycles & cars

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