No one on this site has reviewed much really! After dealing with these guys I wanted to let anyone in the future who is looking for replacement kits know that these guys are not only great to deal with, but put out a good product as well. First though! Some forum-specific porn:
So I'm getting ready to part this bike out and wanted to do the Anniversary kit along with everything else and needed another kit to replace it. OEM is too much for what I was looking for and I've installed some of these kits on other bikes and have had good luck with them. I decided to do a rep of an scheme that Yamaha offered in England with a little WSBK influence mixed in.
I contacted them and asked if they could do a completely custom kit. They responded with a yes and asked me what I wanted. I made a diagram and sent it, they agreed, and a little less than a week later, emailed a picture of the finished paint. THIS is when i was impressed. I, ME, MYSELF, I made a mistake and the colors didn't look right on the finished kit and I decided putting my name on the paint was a bad idea, so I requested they change that and redo the paint as well. THESE GUYS said "no problem" and a few days later I got the corrected paint, at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. They didn't argue or complain or even give me a hard time. I was impressed on that alone. Here are the pictures we corresponded with.
The request I sent:
(I have a graphic arts degree so this stuff is easy to whip up)
This is what they sent me back:
MY BAD again, I sent this request after they asked if the above was good:
A few days later:
I was blown away with how customer oriented these guys were. I felt a little bad as it was totally
my mistake and these guys took care of it, no problem, no hard time, no nothing. They just fixed it. I'm endeared.
Anyways, a couple weeks later this big box arrives. I start pulling it apart and was thouroughly impressed with the packaging. I've installed a few kits before on different bikes and years ago the packaging kind of sucked. Now though they wrap it in this weird foam sheeting that is perfect for this (shipping plastics around). I'm going to keep it and re use the same stuff when I ship my Anniversary kit since it works so well.
The weird and amazing foam:
Most of the kit:
My decal request were very specific if you look above at the diagram I initially sent, and these guys nailed it, I was impressed:
Okay, tips and tricks for putting these kind of kits on:
I've installed a few of these on different toys for friends and I've seen some poorly installed as people don't use common sense.
-Install somewhere warm. Plastic becomes more prone to cracking in the cold. When a full kit is plastic that means breaking tabs. WARMTH helps
-Whenever installed screws or fasteners, lubricate with oil or something slick
-WAX WAX WAX when you're finished. If you install one OEM piece on a bike, wash the rest and wax it all together. When doing a kit like this, wax ALL of it. It will not only make it look awesome and the girls swoon, it will protect the paint and make subsequent washing/waxings MUCH easier. Why would you not??
This is the (better-than-OEM) Anniversary kit, but uses the same circlip design for holding the pieces under the nose:
This is the aftermarket kit that adopted this logical design as pulling off the old circlips 90% of people will break them, so this way you just need some screws. Again, lubricating these will help you not break the plastic. Lubricate anywhere you're putting metal into the plastic (headlight/radiator cowling/anywhere!). The blue tabs are exactly the same. This light green is the only difference I found between my 2.8k Anniversary kit and this 600 dollar kit, and it's a logical difference.
Seriously, you should always do this with new pieces. I did my new tool chest while i did this