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Valve cover powdercoating.

Discussion in 'Griso-Bella Chat & Tech' started by IppoJ, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. IppoJ

    IppoJ Tuned and Synch'ed

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    My plans for off season, besides the indicator lenses, include having the valve covers powder coated.
    Any suggestions on what I should go with?
    The car-guy in me is telling me to go with a red wrinkle finish but the adult in me is saying either black wrinkle or bead blasted aluminum look.
     
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    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Any coating on the valve covers will reduce thermal conductivity. Not wise with an air cooled engine. Although a wrinkle finish may effectively increase surface area so it would be interesting to see what, if any, difference that coating would make.
     
  3. IppoJ

    IppoJ Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I understand your line of thinking but mine are already painted silver, which would get stripped off during the prep process for the PC. The VCs don't really dissipate much heat though.
    I am the second owner so maybe they aren't painted from the factory.
     
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    Factory valve covers are PC, so a strip and re-coat is a non-issue IMO. I've done several personally for my bikes. Silver metallic on my Calis, black on my 8Vs.
     
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    My Griso has wrinkle black covers that say "GUZZI". A little obnoxious, but what the heck.
    I have also had great luck with wrinkle black out of a rattle can. The big tricks seem to be prep and baking the parts after to cure (and wrinkle) the paint.
     
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    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    All my early bikes had unfinished metal. Back then the thing was to chrome plate which smoothed out the metal. Consensus at the time was the chrome cover held more heat. Also painting would hold heat in the engine. Maybe it doesn't make that much difference, but I'd still like the covers to dissipate as much heat as possible.

    I guess my age is showing, but then I do drive this occasionally.
     
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    IppoJ Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Could I talk you into posting or emailing me a pic or two?
    I've had good luck with rattle can wrinkle too, I still have a can of red and one of black.

    Thanks
     
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    HOG4DNR Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I had mine done, and very happy with them.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I have a picture but would need it hosted I guess.
    If you want me to email it to you just PM me.

    [​IMG]

    There, that is what mine look like.
     
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    notasweetman Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I had my Stelvio PC'd black after the silver original paint blistered above the exhaust about 3 years ago. No trouble since and IMHO they look way better. No pics, but the one above on the Griso is great. I did consider red to match the rest of the bike but hey, in my mind subtle beats garish any day of the week. :)
     
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    IppoJ Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Thanks all, I think black wrinkle is how I'll go.
    GuzziMoto, how did you put the lettering on there and where is the plug wire cover?
     
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    First off, to state the obvious it is a Griso 1100.
    The lettering is how it came.
    There outer sparkplug wire is now routed around the head like it was on the V11. It came with the plug wire.
    Basically it is an aftermarket valve cover for a V11. The newer CARC 1100 motor uses a different valve cover but the older valve cover still fits and works.
    I forget the name of the shop but it is a shop out in California that I got it from. It has been mentioned before, if you can't find it with google let me know.
     
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    File under "learn something new every day". I have not seen any photos before of the lettered Griso VC. I have an '07 1100 so it has the plug wire running right down the middle.

    Thanks for the info!
     
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    Yea, mine originally had the spark plug wire down the channel in the middle with the cover as well.
    This aftermarket valve cover changed that. It also lets me use the same crash protectors as the V11.
    The crash protector you see in the picture was custom made by my wife. She used to run a CNC routing table so she made some cool custom crash protectors, among other things.

    And by the way, Sport Cycle Pacific are the people I bought the valve covers from. They currently do not list them on their web site but maybe if you call them they could help you out.
     

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