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Just took my 500 Foreman out on a 40 mile trail ride. After washing it noticed a few pieces of the black plastic(splash guards on rear) was scratched by sticks. What can I use to keep this from happening or make it look better?????
 

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Yea, hate to get it scratched too, but hey, its an ATV. It is made to get scratched and banged up.
 

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I'm with dastagg on this one. When I first got my foreman, it really bothered me to see all the scratches on it after a ride. Now I figure it was bought to ride on the rocks, through and over trees, and through mud and water, so it's pointless to worry about a few scratches and dings.
 

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It used to bother me as well when I put a deep scratch in the mud guards, on my new 06 Foreman
I have sucessfully used a little steel wool to rub out some scratches on them, now days I don't worry much bout it. Just normal wear and tare.
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Just took my 500 Foreman out on a 40 mile trail ride. After washing it noticed a few pieces of the black plastic(splash guards on rear) was scratched by sticks. What can I use to keep this from happening or make it look better?????
Are you sure you actually have a set? Wait until your boots start rubbin on the actual plastic, you are gonna have a fit then. Your remind me of one of my buddies who bought a Brute because he needed to beat my Foreman, now won't take it through mud or water because he is scared of the belt slipping on him. If you want to keep the plastic looking good, clean it really good, then apply WD-40 or silicone lubricant with a clean applicator, use tire foam for all the black trim pieces.
 

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I have found that tire foam works the best, will keep it kinda shinny but you can't do anything for the scratches except don't ride it. My black trim is messed up but I can't keep it off it's side, that's my problem!
 

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I have found that tire foam works the best, will keep it kinda shinny but you can't do anything for the scratches except don't ride it. My black trim is messed up but I can't keep it off it's side, that's my problem!
I used Armor-All's this weekend and man let me tell you..... I LOVE THIS STUFF. I washed the bike really well and washed it again. Then I used 1 can of Armor-All's tire foam and sprayed it all over the bike minus the seat and let it sit on the bike for about 2 hours and wiped away the excess that was on the plastic and a few area's on the bike. You will have to really wipe the plastic down with 2-3 terry cloths. You will be able to see where you have wiped, you will see some streaks from the residue so keep wiping until it is all gone. I might be able to post some pics tommorrow and show you what it has done to my bike's apperance. After all the wiping the plastic seems to be very slick and very shiny. I used it in the inner fenders and all of the under carrage as well. I hope this lets the mud and snow not stick as bad as is usually does.

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I say just drive the @#$% thing. Did you really spend several thousand dollars just to have a showroom quality trophy in your garage to show your friends? I know I bought mine so I could get outdoors and have some fun. I can understand wanting to take some pride in your bike, but I can't understand spending all that time and effort, just to take it out the next weekend and get it all messed up again. I still wash mine, but I don't get too fussy. If I wan't to see it look like the day I brought it home, I just go back to the dealership and look at the new ones on the floor.
 

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I say just drive the @#$% thing. Did you really spend several thousand dollars just to have a showroom quality trophy in your garage to show your friends? I know I bought mine so I could get outdoors and have some fun. I can understand wanting to take some pride in your bike, but I can't understand spending all that time and effort, just to take it out the next weekend and get it all messed up again. I still wash mine, but I don't get too fussy. If I wan't to see it look like the day I brought it home, I just go back to the dealership and look at the new ones on the floor.
The way that I look at is if I spent all of the thousands of dollars on my bike, **** right I'm going to take care of it! I'm very proud of my bike and take alot of pride into maintaining it and servicing it. I do all of my own work and find it much easier and pleasing to work on a clean bike when the time comes. And from keeping it clean with the tire foam, each time I ride in deep mud, muddy trails and riding a 125+ miles in the W.V. mountians twice a year each time I spend less time cleaning it and it always looks great when I just rinse it off.
 

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I agree, I don't just try to get it scratched up and every time I bring it to the deer lease, I wash it to keep it looking as good as I can. However, it scratches easily and I do run against brush at times. I don't intentionally run against things, but I decided I got it for hunting and work around the house, so if it does get scratched, so be it. Mine still looks great, but I do put it to work as needed. If you want to keep it new looking either don't go anywhere you can get it scratched or buy new plastic. Maybe can buff some of the scratches out? Just like a pickup truck. I buy them to haul and work and don't try to scratch them, but if it does, that is what I bought it for. Good luck.
 

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Don't get me wrong, I'm proud of my bike too. I wash it after every ride, with a pressure washer, then with a sponge and then rinse. You should take pride, it's a large investment. My comment is more aimed at those who buy these machines, and then ride 1/4 mile out of the way to avoid hitting a puddle or branch on the trail. But I will say wiping the under carriage and inside the fenders with armor all does seem a tad anal.
 

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I understand where you are coming from I know what ya mean by the people who will drive around a mud hole instead of going through it. I'll try to go through it, but if I can't I'll have to go around it. Here are a few pics of mine.
 

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I used to worry too, for the first...40KM or so.

Now it doesn't bother me too much unless i hear a really big branch snap against the body, I still get chills.
 

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I got to admit olivegreenmachine your bike looks pretty sweet all polished up like that. I guess you could say I'm just a little less ambitious. I try and keep my foreman clean, but I don't know if it will ever be quite that clean again. I may give that tire foam a try, my plastic could use a good cleaning, especially the black. Here's a pic. That's about as good as it gets these days.
 

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QUOTE ("lovethemud2":1sx1b9g1)
I got to admit olivegreenmachine your bike looks pretty sweet all polished up like that. I guess you could say I'm just a little less ambitious. I try and keep my foreman clean, but I don't know if it will ever be quite that clean again. I may give that tire foam a try, my plastic could use a good cleaning, especially the black. Here's a pic. That's about as good as it gets these days.
Thanks for the compliment. I enjoy the Forman as much as possible. I have atrip planned for 2/8/08 to the W.V. mnts. I'm really looking forward to riding about 120 miles on that Saturday. I'll bring back alot of pics as well.
 

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Mothers

Mothers back to black really shined mine back up. I have a 2000, so I tend to aim for the branches and use mine to make new trails, but it will shine up new plastic and old faded plastic. My bike was faded and scratched all over, but I repainted the racks with bedliner and used Mothers to bring all the plastic back to almost new. Here is a pic after I cleaned it up, rode it in the woods for 3-4 hours and gave it a light wash.
 
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