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VSTROM DL 1000 2014 Sub-frame Rust/Corrosion issues - strip,sand blast, powder coated.

  • 23-06-2022 9:27am
    Registered Users Posts: 282 ✭✭

    Hi all, maybe of some interest to those that have any issues with this bike or any other makes that suffer from this.

    I took the plunge and took the frame out to get rectified. Will post some images as I go but you can see from the below it was not in good shape at all.

    These guys in Kilcock are doing the frame for me. Might not be an exact colour match but at least the rust will be sorted.


  • Registered Users Posts: 282 ✭✭sirmixalot

    That moment when you think... What have I done :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,798 ✭✭✭geotrig

    Haha Fairplay !! is this one just particulary bad or high usage to drive such corrosion ?

  • Registered Users Posts: 282 ✭✭sirmixalot

    Very common issue on this bike from what I read on other suzuki forums. I bought the bike in the UK and the original owner was on the coast of Scotland and off roaded it alot aswell as beach and dunes. The British salt their roads heavily so I guess a combo of all that.

    Apart from that the bike is perfect, just really annoyed me so thought I'd give it a go.

  • Registered Users Posts: 282 ✭✭sirmixalot

    And I was doing 300km per week on the N4 to the city pre covid, since then I got out about 300km in the past 2 years 😀

  • Registered Users Posts: 282 ✭✭sirmixalot

    Turned out good, not an exact colour match but that's OK. Had to re thread a little as the powder coating got into the threads but all good.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 282 ✭✭sirmixalot

    Close-up of powder coating.

  • Registered Users Posts: 282 ✭✭sirmixalot

    Putting it back was way easier than taking it off 🙃

  • Registered Users Posts: 157 ✭✭Melted

    Nice did you have to just send it to that crowd?

  • Registered Users Posts: 282 ✭✭sirmixalot

    Yep, dropped it out on a Tuesday and collected on a Thursday. €60 well spent. And an extra €25 on a tap and die set to rethread the threads that got coated.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,725 ✭✭✭H_Lime

    Good man, fab result. Always nice to right a factory wrong where the bean counters triumphed.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,907 ✭✭✭✭CJhaughey

    Nice one, thats a great looking finish. I know some people put coppergreased bolts into threaded holes when powdercoating so they can just wind them out instead of chasing threads.

  • Registered Users Posts: 282 ✭✭sirmixalot

    That would of been a good call. Wasn't to bad chasing them out though as it was just paint but will know better next time. Might do the center and side stand now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,776 ✭✭✭✭galwaytt

    looks good.

    In fairness, your subframe isn't bad at all really : lots of GS's with frames worse than that around.

    I think anything with a trellis type frame in this country is just heartache tbh.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 282 ✭✭sirmixalot

    I think it was more annoying than anything else, the rest of the bike is perfect an that just p!ssed me off a little, also it was a nice bit of downtime when WFH so was good to tackle it when I did.