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FIX-IT: How-To Reface your ride with new bodywork and accessories

Dirt Fiend Racing has a huge line of custom graphics to choose from for your machine
October 14, 2016
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The new bodywork from Maier USA simply attaches to the factory mounts with the OE hardware. These fenders are full width without the option to unbolt the outer fenders for a more racy look.
The new bodywork from Maier USA simply attaches to the factory mounts with the OE hardware. These fenders are full width without the option to unbolt the outer fenders for a more racy look.

When purchasing a used ATV, most of the time the bodywork is scratched, sun-faded, cracked or broken from the previous owner. These blemishes can happen for a number of reasons, such as letting the ATV sit in the sun over long periods of time, getting in accidents or even coming in contact with objects on the trail. To repair the bodywork, you can go a few different routes, like purchasing a plastic repair kit that will remove scratches and bring the shine back from being sunfaded. Another option is to purchase new bodywork, which is a little more costly. When buying new bodywork, you have plenty of color and style options to change the look of your machine. Companies such as Maier USA and Fullbore Innovations offer bodywork and accessories to dress up your ATV and UTV. Back when the ATV market was booming, there were a lot more aftermarket bodywork manufacturers, like UFO, Acerbis and Cycra that have since dropped out of ATV plastic production.

Our Kawasaki KFX450R has been on numerous rides over the years, and the bodywork is still in good condition, but we wanted to revamp the look of this machine. We picked up a full set of plastics from Maier USA for this project.
Our Kawasaki KFX450R has been on numerous rides over the years, and the bodywork is still in good condition, but we wanted to revamp the look of this machine. We picked up a full set of plastics from Maier USA for this project.

After years of racing and trail riding with our Kawasaki KFX450R, the stock bodywork has taken some abuse. We picked up new bodywork from Maier USA for our KFX450R. The new bodywork simply bolts in place of the stock set, utilizing all the factory mounts and hardware. This is a full bodywork kit like the stock set, but without the removable outer fender halves. To give the new bodywork a more race-style look, you can trim the fenders to your liking. We decided to not cut the fenders at this time. If you were to trim the fenders, we suggest you use blue painters tape for a straight line to cut along and use as guide, and a small grinder works well for cutting the plastic. After the plastic is trimmed to your liking, you can use a razor blade to smooth out the edges if they need it.

Light Speed Carbon offers carbon fiber body panels, such as frame guards, tank covers and side panels.
Light Speed Carbon offers carbon fiber body panels, such as frame guards, tank covers and side panels.

GRAPHICS AND OTHER ACCESSORIES
Now that you have your new bodywork mounted, you could be asking yourself, “How do I add more style to my machine?” To answer that, you can get a set of graphics from companies such as Dirt Fiend Racing, Invision Artworks, FTR Powersports, SSI Decals, AMR Racing, Psych MX Grafix, Dirt Digits, Backyard Designs, 661 Printing, and Rocky Mountain ATV. These companies also offer generic kits and custom kits for you to design and add logos or sponsors. If you’re looking to dress up the look of your machine, you have companies such as Light Speed Carbon and FourWerx Carbon that offer products such as tank covers, coolant overflow covers, frame guards, radiator shrouds, forced air inlets and front hoods.

FourWerx Carbon offers body parts to dress up your machine with different-style hoods and other accessories.
FourWerx Carbon offers body parts to dress up your machine with different-style hoods and other accessories.

BODYWORK
FOURWERX CARBON……………262-501-9696………..www.fwcarbon.com
LIGHT SPEED CARBON…………714-990-5767………..www.lightspeedcarbon.com
MAIER…………………….800-336-2437………..www.maier-mfg.com

Graphics companies such as AMR Racing offer a full line of graphics for most popular-brand ATVs. They offer off-the-shelf kits, along with custom kits that you can design and add your sponsors to.
Graphics companies such as AMR Racing offer a full line of graphics for most popular-brand ATVs. They offer off-the-shelf kits, along with custom kits that you can design and add your sponsors to.

GRAPHICS
AMR RACING GRAPHICS………..702-312-2217………..www.amrracing.com
BACKYARD DESIGNS…………..251-610-6617………..www.backyarddesign.de
DIRT DIGITS……………….805-579-1111………..www.dirtdigits.com
DIRT FIEND RACING………….888-777-8086………..www.dirtfiendracing.com
FULLBORE INNOVATIONS……….503-261-1418………..www.fullboreinnovations.com
FTR POWERSPORTS……………610-966-5002………..www.ftrpowersports.com
GRAPHIC KIT DEPOT………………………………www.graphickitdepot.com
INVISION ARTWORKS………….619-749-0355………..www.invisionartworks.com
PSYCH MX GRAFIX……………317-644-3100………..www.pyschmxgrafix.com
ROCKY MOUNTAIN ATV…………800-336-5437………..www.rockymountainatvmc.com
SSI DECALS………………..877-955-7446………..www.ssidecals.com
661 PRINTING………………661-406-7485………..www.661printing.com

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