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Old 08-04-2019, 11:33 PM   #1
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Target tune and scratched my Akrapovic!

Two unrelated questions:

I have a 2013 NRS Stage 1: Topless mod, K&N air filter. Akrapovic 2-1 exhaust, and DynoJet Power Vision Tuner

1. Is it worth upgrading to Target Tune? I'm not looking to go Stage 2... yet, LOL. Just wanting to dial in my tune a little more.

2. I scratched my Akra can. Was changing rear brake pads and dropped the caliper on the can. Any ideas on touching it up? I'll post picks later, but I'm curious if anyone knows a color that will match the color of the can? Or should I live with it? Or say **** it and paint it flat black?
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:21 AM   #2
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Two unrelated questions:

I have a 2013 NRS Stage 1: Topless mod, K&N air filter. Akrapovic 2-1 exhaust, and DynoJet Power Vision Tuner

1. Is it worth upgrading to Target Tune? I'm not looking to go Stage 2... yet, LOL. Just wanting to dial in my tune a little more.

2. I scratched my Akra can. Was changing rear brake pads and dropped the caliper on the can. Any ideas on touching it up? I'll post picks later, but I'm curious if anyone knows a color that will match the color of the can? Or should I live with it? Or say **** it and paint it flat black?
For your upgrades TT is nice but not really needed. Just make sure your O2 sensors are in the stream. Those reducer bushings can shroud the sensor and make low end tuning tough. As for the can, I don't own an Akro but suspect the can is natural Titanium and brushed finish. Black would be painted obviously. Try a hidden area with some sandpaper and check it out. If the can is raw metal, the right grade of paper can restore it or blend the scratch out, tape the logo off and a light bead blast.
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:42 AM   #3
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Two unrelated questions:

I have a 2013 NRS Stage 1: Topless mod, K&N air filter. Akrapovic 2-1 exhaust, and DynoJet Power Vision Tuner

1. Is it worth upgrading to Target Tune? I'm not looking to go Stage 2... yet, LOL. Just wanting to dial in my tune a little more.

2. I scratched my Akra can. Was changing rear brake pads and dropped the caliper on the can. Any ideas on touching it up? I'll post picks later, but I'm curious if anyone knows a color that will match the color of the can? Or should I live with it? Or say **** it and paint it flat black?
For your upgrades TT is nice but not really needed. Just make sure your O2 sensors are in the stream. Those reducer bushings can shroud the sensor and make low end tuning tough. As for the can, I don't own an Akro but suspect the can is natural Titanium and brushed finish. Black would be painted obviously. Try a hidden area with some sandpaper and check it out. If the can is raw metal, the right grade of paper can restore it or blend the scratch out, tape the logo off and a light bead blast.
Ron
Sorry, I should've clarified. The can is the black version. But its not exactly black. Its a very warm black, almost a very, very dark bronze.
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Sorry, I should've clarified. The can is the black version. But its not exactly black. Its a very warm black, almost a very, very dark bronze.
Likely anodized then. Paint only option in that case. There are good ceramic based rattle can paints that do a decent job. Only down side I've found is avoid touching the paint when the pipe is hot. The coating is soft and marks easy in that state. Once it cools off, it's fine.
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Sorry, I should've clarified. The can is the black version. But its not exactly black. Its a very warm black, almost a very, very dark bronze.
Likely anodized then. Paint only option in that case. There are good ceramic based rattle can paints that do a decent job. Only down side I've found is avoid touching the paint when the pipe is hot. The coating is soft and marks easy in that state. Once it cools off, it's fine.
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As always, thanks for the info, Ron!
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Here's a pic of the scrafch 😞
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Here's a pic of the scrafch 😞
Yup, that would bug me until I fixed it. Not sure it the scratch area is anodized. The end cap is for sure. Either way, high temp ceramic based paint. You would use the tape trick to save the logo too.

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Yup, that would bug me until I fixed it. Not sure it the scratch area is anodized. The end cap is for sure. Either way, high temp ceramic based paint. You would use the tape trick to save the logo too.

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Yeah...may be a winter time project. I'll ride it as is for the rest of the riding season.
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A black sharpie might make it less noticeable.


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Sorry, I should've clarified. The can is the black version. But its not exactly black. Its a very warm black, almost a very, very dark bronze.
Nothing beats a black can, especially when it's warm. You should try and stick a finger in the can and see what happens. If it is accepting, you could try and stick something else in the can.
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Possibly a good temporary solution. 🤔
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Sorry, I should've clarified. The can is the black version. But its not exactly black. Its a very warm black, almost a very, very dark bronze.
Nothing beats a black can, especially when it's warm. You should try and stick a finger in the can and see what happens. If it is accepting, you could try and stick something else in the can.
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