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post #1 of 13 Old Mar 18th, 2014, 8:08 am Thread Starter
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I have a 99LT that I just purchased in November. SOOO, I am new to the LT thing. It is the "non-chrome" model, and I was curious as to if anyone thinks it is feasible/makes sense to put the chrome factory mouldings/mirrors on it, or just leave sleeping dogs lie??? I have read on here that the factory chrome can have some shortcomings, and I would rather have nice shiney paint that crappy chrome. Thankyou!

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I personally do not like the chrome on most of the BMW bikes. My 2000 K1200LT did not have any chrome & that was fine with me.

On my K1600GTL I either covered the chrome with carbon fiber sheets or painted it satin black. Plus I removed all the badging that I could.

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Just leave it, you will spend hundreds upon hundreds of dollars getting the bits exchanged to chrome and in my opinion it wouldn't be worth it.

The chrome is okay - as long as you never touch it. It is chrome on plastic (except for the foot pegs) and just isn't as durable as it could be, plus it is on the low end of shiny when it comes to chrome. A BMW will never be a Harley (thank heaven)

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Congrats on new bike you will love it. Unless your really into bling I would forgo the chrome. It is understandable that you want to put your own thang on the new bike to make it yours as we all do. There are so many more functional items to farklize your new ride and will make it more enjoyable, safe and comfortable. Check out some of the posts that list all the added goodies people put on their LT,s. on this site. Good luck and ride safe.
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First the cost of replacing the all the parts on the bike that are chrome would be prohibitive. I just replaced one of the tipover wing covers @ $135.57 and one chrome mirror cap @ $128.14 + shipping. The difference in price between the chrome and painted or plain pieces was $32.98 and $43.71 respectively. If it were not for the fact that the rest of the bike is already chrome I would not have ordered new chrome parts. The chrome on the saddle bags is cracking and bubbling (I may just plastidip them) . So in my opinion if you don't have any chrome, keep it that way. Easier on the pocket book.
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There is always chrome rattle can paint. I've never used it but it may give you the "look" you want for only a few bucks. I have my doubts it is going to give you a good finish.

As others have mentioned the cost of upgrading to all OEM chrome parts would be pretty wild - especially on a 15 year old bike...

I have used both Krylon and Rustoleum plastic specific satin aluminum paint in the past with good results - it might be a better option. As usual, surface prep is everything, and even though they say you don't need a primer I still think it's a good idea. A couple of coats of Acrylic satin on top will help protect it over time and gives a bit more depth. One of the small plastic "trigger/handles" is key to getting a consistent spray pattern.


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I also have the '99 LT in the 'economy' model and it came with no chrome. I have since installed all the pieces that make it like the chrome model. I looked on eBay and on all of the sites I could find that had LT parts including Beemer Boneyard and found what I needed over time. Also cut out and installed the trip computer in the left side of the dash and installed the needed temp sensor in the nose cone.

I liked the chrome on the bike and thought is to be just enough on the '99's and now that I have a 2007 LT the chrome on it is super nice.

Good luck with yours and if you look long enough you can find all the pieces to make it like you like it.

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check this out if its half as good as they say very impressive
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DID YOU GUYS WATCH THAT PROCESS??? I do collision work for a living and am into older cars and that is IMPRESSIVE!!! THANKYOU all for your replies! Im going to look into this stuff, but if it is waaay expensive I will leave well enough alone. I might take some of the aluminum stuff off and sand the powdercoat or anodize off and polish them just to get my gun off.

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check this out if its half as good as they say very impressive
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I have done a fair bit of research into this process over the last year and so far everything I have uncovered indicates it is fairly easy to achieve excellent results, what I cannot find anything on is durability.

As for price, it is a bit pricey to get set up, there is a lot of special equipment to do it right. I have been thinking I could chrome my entire LTwith this stuff

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I have done a fair bit of research into this process over the last year and so far everything I have uncovered indicates it is fairly easy to achieve excellent results, what I cannot find anything on is durability.

As for price, it is a bit pricey to get set up, there is a lot of special equipment to do it right. I have been thinking I could chrome my entire LTwith this stuff
It sounds like the clear coat is the durable surface. Certainly not as durable as chrome, but the modern clear coats hold up pretty well. And you can always shoot on a new coat.

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It sounds like the clear coat is the durable surface. Certainly not as durable as chrome, but the modern clear coats hold up pretty well. And you can always shoot on a new coat.
Yeah, I'm just concerned about what happens between the clear and the substrate if you introduce flex, expansion and contraction (from heat and sun) etc. I'm not sure the this stuff will hold up, the clear will keep it pretty, just not sure it can stand up under stress - so it's basically the same as BMW chrome

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Yeah, I'm just concerned about what happens between the clear and the substrate if you introduce flex, expansion and contraction (from heat and sun) etc. I'm not sure the this stuff will hold up, the clear will keep it pretty, just not sure it can stand up under stress - so it's basically the same as BMW chrome
Hard to know. Most modern paints are pretty flexible. I would expect this to be much the same.

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