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1. Does anyone think I can get the corse airbrush job cheaper if its done to my tank by a good painter, than buying the whole tank from Ducati? I know its painter specific, price wise, but should I expect to pay over $1400 for a person to do it?

2. the local Ducati dealership messed my order up and got me a one-tooth-down front sprocket instead of a 2-up rear. can i do both at the same time? if i do put both on, will i be running the risk of screwing something up big time down the road?

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i'd say if you're gonna consider having your tank painted, why not go for something a bit different than the "corse" scheme? if you really dig it, then do whatever your pleasure, but just my preference. regardless, i couldn't imagine a custom paint job on a tank costing anywhere near $1400!
if you're prepared to pay _that_ much, then i've got a suggestion for you... if your current tank's in good shape, why not get a hold of a banged up used monster tank (can be found for as little as $150-300 range), send it to norm (on this board) to get repaired for about $200 or so, and then get it custom painted. that way, you've got a spare tank "just in case" or you can turn around and sell your good condition tank once the custom job's done (no downtime!)...

as for the sprockets, going from the 15 toother in front to a 14 is about the equivalent to going up by two teeth in the rear. if you bump up the rear sprocket by two teeth as well, it would be like going up by "4.5" teeth with the stock front. definately doable, and not uncommon, but it's a pretty BIG difference. takes a bit of getting used to to keep the front wheel down ;)
 

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I did the -1 +2 to my S4 and love it.
Get the dealer to do it at the same time.
It did make a difference but it's not uncontrollable
wheelies, it helps out in traffic alot.
 

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heh i cant do wheelies right now with the stock junk cuz of my fat ass, but more power is awesome. i will definitely do both at the same time.

about the paint scheme, its the one on page 128 of the 2003 DP catalog. i like it the most compared to other schemes (flames, skulls, whatnot) cuz the white stripe and checkered flag just looks retro to me, and thats what hooked me on the first look. but i will definitely look into getting a banged up used tank (although for a M800 it could be tough being so new) and fixing that and painting it. i wonder why i didnt think of such a good idea myself.

only thing thats a drag about having a M800 is since its so new, aftermarket parts arent readily available. for example, i want an anodized black oil cooler cover, but no one makes it. it makes me sad. at least i can save my money now and get a boatload of cool stuff at once.

thanks for the input!
 

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Yea I saw that cooler cover on rizoma too, but it doesnt specifically say M800. I've learned by emailing these sites and places like motowheels that a lot of things changed in 03 with the M800, so not everything is compatible. Now I haven't emailed anyone about the cooler cover, since i just assumed it wouldnt fit. I'll have to check Motowheels about that when i get home to my flash-enabled internet browser (dang IT dept doesnt let me go there anymore). Does anyone have a M800 that has this cooler cover?
 
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