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katsd
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PostSubject: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:08 pm

I'd fancied having black, rather than chrome pipes, but there was nothing that took my fancy & I really like these pipes now I've had them chopped.

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I'd had the Katana pipes ceramic coated by a company called Camcoat, based up north.  They looked the dogs when I first got them, but as they were a textured finish, they turned a grey streaked finish fairly rapidly.  Had to clean them with a black grate polish, which is bloody messy & a git to work into awkward spaces.  Did a bit of digging & found this place - Zircotec.  Had a chat & asked what the difference was between theirs & Camcoats system.  Theirs is a plasma sprayed (?) ceramic thermal coating, whereas Camcoats is a paint based system.  They recommended the "Endurance" finish - it's a smoother finish, so cleans up easier, big plus is they do it in a matt-metallic black, which should work well with my other painted bits (satin-black with a metal-flake lacquer).

Decided to get on with it as I'm housebound for the next three weeks at least.  Pipes off this morning

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Boxed up 

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Order a collection for tomorrow - £7.50, collected from home.  They reckon about a 15 day turn-around - I'll update when they're back
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Thu Mar 05, 2015 6:10 pm

I look forward to seeing the results, anything to get rid of chrome is fine by me!!
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:23 pm

Oh my word the suspension is a killer, so looking forward to this.
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:53 pm

I may need an exhaust system doing black for my Velo so I await the results Dave!
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:42 pm

Very interesting, I'll look forward to your review Dave 
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:25 pm

me to be good to see,  good firm that zircotec had a mull over there site a few times in the past and rang them up not that long ago
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:50 pm

Did they give you a price Dave? I'm thinking of having the silencer heat shields done black on the iron.
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:01 am

£168 + vat, which I think is reasonable as they do all the prep work & box it up for return
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Fri Mar 06, 2015 7:36 pm

Ha Ha I reckon daves playing with our minds, well done dave its working, I really want to see it badly  Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:28 am

Glad this has sparked so much interest.  Collected Friday morning, I'll update as soon as it arrives back - don't want to exhaust you waiting !!
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Sat Mar 07, 2015 5:59 pm

Sounds very interesting Dave, looking forward to seeing them,
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Wed Apr 22, 2015 3:52 pm

Pipes arrived this morning - wish they had put a warning on the box reading "Do Not Open In Your Back Garden As Your Pipes Are Packed In A Bin Bag Full Of Polystyrene Packing Balls Which The Wind Will Blow All Over The Fucking Place And Your Dog Will Have Great Fun Chasing" - but they didn't !!  After fighting through an incredible amount of card & bubble wrap, these came out

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Up close, the finish is slightly rough texture, which, when the sun catches it, sparkles with blues, purples & reds.

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Very good finish - feels extremely tough & looks the dogs.  Not had time to do a proper fit & probably won't get round to it till Friday, but loosely fitted it onto the mounting bracket to satisfy my curiosity.

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Well chuffed !!
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:43 pm

Looking good.
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:45 pm

They look good Dave, I'm impressed!  lgd
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:36 pm

very impressive Dave!
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:53 pm

Oh man they look ace, I am so impressed.
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:58 pm

ilis
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:43 pm

Very smart Dave  sssmily sssmily got me thinking now.
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:58 pm

Real smart that Dave ! .... oyili
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:15 pm

Lovely finish that.
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Mon May 04, 2015 6:12 pm

Now fitted

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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Mon May 04, 2015 7:15 pm

oyili
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Mon May 04, 2015 7:28 pm

Hi Dave,
Them pipes are looking mighty fine ......
..... hope you are also fine after the problems you had with your foot.

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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Mon May 04, 2015 8:47 pm

Much more in keeping with the bike Dave  lgd
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Wed May 27, 2015 12:03 pm

Nicely understated, until the engine is turned on im sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Wed May 27, 2015 3:10 pm

the bike is looking great hope your on the mend maybe a vid to let us hear what she sounds like
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Wed May 27, 2015 5:07 pm

Well on the mend now, thanks.  

This is a short clip of the pipes 

However, I think I may have gone a bit too far.  I like noisy pipes (they save lives remember), but these are beyond noisy.  I'm not now 100% convinced that the looks I'm getting whilst I'm out are actually of admiration.  When small children put their fingers in their ears as you pass, it's not a good sign.

I took a run up to a local exhaust manufacturer to see if he could do anything to quieten them down slightly.  He had a look at them, asked if they were Highway Hawks, then asked if they used to be chrome - which wasn't a difficult deduction.  Then he asked if he'd cut them down for Pete (my mechanic) a few months back - followed by the inevitable "I told him they'd be too loud !!"  Anyway, he's knocking up a pair of carbon-fibre end cans to slip on in the hope that they'll knock the edge off.  Just enough to be a bit more socially acceptable.  And there's no MOT tester on earth who'll overlook them. 

Watch this space.
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PostSubject: Re: Ceramic Exhaust Coating   Wed May 27, 2015 7:02 pm

Yes Dave they are a tad noisy LOL!
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