Yamaha XS400 Cafe Racer: Changing Tank Decals21st July 2019
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.
I eventually settle on a pair that are a little unconventional.
But I like them.
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
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!
Checking for any damage and there is none 🙂
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
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, whether a Cafe Racer or not.
Yamaha decals available here on Amazon
Heat guns also here on Amazon
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