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    apriliaforum Member lauris47's Avatar
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    My experience with Leo Vince ZX-R exhaust

    In short - I would not buy it again. The performance increase is very nice, sounds also much better than original (louder as well).

    But!

    My main disappointment is that it rusts insanely a lot. I take care of it a lot, cleaning from dirt and rust constantly, using oil and WD40 and rust dissolver, but still, the result is bellow.
    I only had it for 4 months!
    Rust started first month.

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    Current: KTM LC4 Enduro and Aprilia SR 50R Factory; 2x KTM Duke II sold, third carbon fiber model was stolen; 7x Aprilia SR50 owned, two of them broke completely, two stolen, rest sold; Suzuki GSXR 750 sold.

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    steel wool and some exhaust paint will be a good project.
    --- diploma for engine repair in 2012 ---

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    complete wtp volta bmx 2012 - sanko seamless japanese cromoly heat treated and blue printed frame - 21lbs

    1992 lt250r suzuki quadracer - maier plastics -chromed shearer pipe - chromed works suspension - ++++++++ - 220lbs

    previous vehicles - subaru legacy turbo 1991 - mazda mx6 turbo 1990.

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    The place where it connects to the engine doesn't sound like there is lots of metal left.
    But yes, I want to paint it with transparent heat resistant paint.
    Current: KTM LC4 Enduro and Aprilia SR 50R Factory; 2x KTM Duke II sold, third carbon fiber model was stolen; 7x Aprilia SR50 owned, two of them broke completely, two stolen, rest sold; Suzuki GSXR 750 sold.

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    I painted mine as soon as I bought it, and it was perfect when I sold my scooter two years later.
    2014 Triumph Street Triple R (my daily ride)
    1999 KTM 200 EXC (der ugly bastard)
    2008 Yamaha TTR 125 w/ 150 BBK - my son's
    2015 Honda Grom (the house pet)
    2008 Honda Metropolitan (wifey's)
    2009 Piaggio MP3 500 - sold
    2009 SR 50 Factory (I still miss it) - sold
    2007 Kawasaki EX500 (never loved it) - sold
    2009 Yamaha Zuma (learning to mod) - sold

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    What paint did you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by stgatev View Post
    I painted mine as soon as I bought it, and it was perfect when I sold my scooter two years later.
    Current: KTM LC4 Enduro and Aprilia SR 50R Factory; 2x KTM Duke II sold, third carbon fiber model was stolen; 7x Aprilia SR50 owned, two of them broke completely, two stolen, rest sold; Suzuki GSXR 750 sold.

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    the steel manifold is fine for many years. just smooth the varnish with 220 grit then hit it with maybe a flat black exhaust paint. the steel wool is best on non varnished pipes but it would still work.


    you dont need to remove the varnish - smooth it and paint over.

    any brand will do.
    --- diploma for engine repair in 2012 ---

    derbi bullet 2006 - piaggio AC - malossi T.C. half - custom GPS dash - TPR 70CC - topperf crank - vl13 reed and spacer- yamaha rt180 kickstand - giannelli shotV4 - phbg 21mm - doppler mesh top venturi filter

    complete wtp volta bmx 2012 - sanko seamless japanese cromoly heat treated and blue printed frame - 21lbs

    1992 lt250r suzuki quadracer - maier plastics -chromed shearer pipe - chromed works suspension - ++++++++ - 220lbs

    previous vehicles - subaru legacy turbo 1991 - mazda mx6 turbo 1990.

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    I don't want to paint it in black, then what's the point of having shiny metal exhaust. I'll buy this transparent hest resistant paint, they cost more but it should at least partly look as good as new shiny exhaust was.

    I made this post just to show how fast these exhaust start rustling. I would buy cheaper brand aftermarket exhaust now, not this.

    Quote Originally Posted by sublunacy View Post
    the steel manifold is fine for many years. just smooth the varnish with 220 grit then hit it with maybe a flat black exhaust paint. the steel wool is best on non varnished pipes but it would still work.


    you dont need to remove the varnish - smooth it and paint over.

    any brand will do.
    Current: KTM LC4 Enduro and Aprilia SR 50R Factory; 2x KTM Duke II sold, third carbon fiber model was stolen; 7x Aprilia SR50 owned, two of them broke completely, two stolen, rest sold; Suzuki GSXR 750 sold.

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    have it chromed so you dont break a nail painting it
    --- diploma for engine repair in 2012 ---

    derbi bullet 2006 - piaggio AC - malossi T.C. half - custom GPS dash - TPR 70CC - topperf crank - vl13 reed and spacer- yamaha rt180 kickstand - giannelli shotV4 - phbg 21mm - doppler mesh top venturi filter

    complete wtp volta bmx 2012 - sanko seamless japanese cromoly heat treated and blue printed frame - 21lbs

    1992 lt250r suzuki quadracer - maier plastics -chromed shearer pipe - chromed works suspension - ++++++++ - 220lbs

    previous vehicles - subaru legacy turbo 1991 - mazda mx6 turbo 1990.

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    VHT (Very High Temperature) flat black. The paint and outline of the process are to be found here:

    http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/s...87#post3154287
    2014 Triumph Street Triple R (my daily ride)
    1999 KTM 200 EXC (der ugly bastard)
    2008 Yamaha TTR 125 w/ 150 BBK - my son's
    2015 Honda Grom (the house pet)
    2008 Honda Metropolitan (wifey's)
    2009 Piaggio MP3 500 - sold
    2009 SR 50 Factory (I still miss it) - sold
    2007 Kawasaki EX500 (never loved it) - sold
    2009 Yamaha Zuma (learning to mod) - sold

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