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post #1 of 3 Old Oct 22nd, 2008, 6:59 pm Thread Starter
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Dent removal?

CRAP! I dropped my GS and put a dent in the tank. I was riding off center stand. Done it hundreds of times. Well I went down to the right and there was a railroad tie on the side of the road which went right between the engine guard and the handlebars. Smack on the side of the tank about 1.25 inch dent. CRAP! So I have to figure out what to do. I searched the internet for dent removal and found some articles and videos about using dry ice or hair dryer and compressed air (cold). Any ever try this and have any luck or advice?

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post #2 of 3 Old Oct 22nd, 2008, 7:44 pm
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There are a numerous paintless dent removal shops around the country. I've seen the dry ice and heat thing in various videos but by and large being able to access the back side of the dent is normally required. Long slender tools of various shapes are used to work the dent from behind. I don't know the GS fuel take but if a tool could be inserted through the fuel cap and reach the back side of the dent normally the guys that do this stuff for a living can get it out. It's truly amazing what can be done! How do I know? Bone head me let the door of my truck hit the passenger door of my wifes car. Left a smooth dent about the size of a nickel. This wasn't an "oil can" type of dent that would pop out if you push on the back side. No doubt the metal had been stretched. I took the car to a local shop called DentXperts. He looked at the dent and said he could remove it and leave no signs behind. We'll for a $100 it was worth a try. Fifteen minutes after pulling it into his shop it was back outside and perfect. Didn't see him work the dent but I can tell you he never pulled the inner door panel. Did he use heat, dry ice or voodoo? Not sure but what I'm pretty sure he did was pop one or more of the plastic plugs around the perimeter of the door and work the dent from the back side using a long tool. I believe these processes were developed by auto manufacturers to repair dented panels of painted vehicles on the production line. Most of your better auto dealerships will have one of these shop visit their place on a regular basis so their customers can get dings and dents addressed. Didn't mean to ramble on but having seen it work for myself and get me out of a pinch I just had to tell someone.

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Re: Dent removal?

I had a large hail dent on my tank once and a body man offered to take it out for $40. I sold the bike before he got around to it but it can be done...............

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