Yamaha XS400 Cafe Racer: Changing Tank Decals

Yamaha XS400 Cafe Racer: Changing Tank Decals

July 21, 2019 0 By Yeti Admin

The very first thing I want to do is remove the words Cafe Racer from either side of the tank. No disrespect to the guy I bought the bike from (the guy that also built it) but I don’t like these words boldly displayed on my tank.

And everyone knows it’s a Cafe Racer anyway

Trawling through Amazon for Yamaha decals turns up a lot of interesting possibilities.

Yamaha decals on Amazon

I eventually settle on a pair that are a little unconventional.

But I like them.

Yamaha revs your heart

I know I’m going to need a heat gun to remove the old lettering (and will also need it for future work I have planned) so I order a gun at the same time.

Also available on Amazon

Heat gun on Amazon

They arrive fast.

So now let’s get these letters off.

I use a medium heat setting and I keep the gun away from my tank at about six inches

I also cover the fuel filler cap with a rag!

removing decals with heat gun

Checking for any damage and there is none  🙂

I continue…

heat gun sticker removal

I’m going to do one side at a time.

Now that they’re off I’m going to wipe the area with some alcohol cleaning solution.

I take measurements and decide on the best position for my new decals.

And then I just go for it  😲

new yamaha tank stickers

Of course I repeat the other side – they all align correctly.

My first modification since buying my bike and I am happy with it.  🙂

Feel free to stay tuned for more modifications I have planned.

You can follow my journey if you want, here: Yamaha XS400 Cafe Racer

And I am always interested to hear about your XS400, Cafe Racer or not.

Yamaha decals available here on Amazon

Heat gun also here on Amazon

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