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post #1 of 18 Old 06-16-2016, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Heel Plates Paint poor

Hi there,
just wondered if anyone else has the problem of worn Paint on the "Heel Plates" at the Foot pegs.


Mine have worn through the Paint which is very disappointing at just over 800 Miles !!!


I have already requested my local Dealer to look at it and they submitted a "Warranty repair request?" to Suzuki UK.
This request was denied as it was deemed "wear & tear"....
So, if they look like this at 800 odd Miles, what will they look like at 10 or 20k Miles??


Really like my Bike but not happy with the poor quality (in my opinion) of what should be a very durable part. I am even less happy with the manufacturers response...
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You could always get the suzuki carbon heel guards
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You will find there is next to nothing in paint thickness on the Left one and a lot of paint on the right one. I even wore through the heel protector so I went the logical way and just had them powder coated. Looks better and very durable with not a mark on them after 6 months. Cost about 25 quid and easy to remove and put back together.


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I wish I had done the levers and footpegs as well.
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You will find there is next to nothing in paint thickness on the Left one and a lot of paint on the right one. I even wore through the heel protector so I went the logical way and just had them powder coated. Looks better and very durable with not a mark on them after 6 months. Cost about 25 quid and easy to remove and put back together.


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I wish I had done the levers and footpegs as well.
Have the same problem with mine. going to get them powder coated in the winter .

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You will find there is next to nothing in paint thickness on the Left one and a lot of paint on the right one. I even wore through the heel protector so I went the logical way and just had them powder coated. Looks better and very durable with not a mark on them after 6 months. Cost about 25 quid and easy to remove and put back together.


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I wish I had done the levers and footpegs as well.

The paint has come off both of mine after 1200 miles, the Suzuki carbon protectors lasted about 150 miles. I'm going to look into powder coating now.

Where did you get the carbon bits though thats on your swingarm?
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Or you could just strip all the remaining paint and polish up the alloy.
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Thanks for the replies, i'll probably get them powdercoated....

I still remain bitterly disappointed though, this is a NEW Bike, my last 4 Bikes were second hand, and none of them had worn through to the Metal @ various Mileages, the Fireblade had almost 19k Miles.

GSXR750 2012
CBR1000RR 2008
DUCATI 999S
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Hopefully i wont need anything done under warranty as i'm not too sure if Suzuki will honour it or give me an excuse of sort.

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It's not just Suzuki mate, I had exactly the same with my brand new Honda CB1000R in 2011. Honda also rejected my warranty claim and said it was fair wear and tear. At less than 500 miles I disagreed, but that's not going to change their mind! I repainted them in the same colour and covered them in matte ventureshield which solved the problem.

I've had the Suzuki protectors on my GSX-S since new and they are still fine after a few thousand miles.

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When the Suzuki engineers came over from Japan the lady that was with me told the engineers/designers about the poor paint on the heel guards and they didnt seem overly bothered. They did take an interest in the poor paint on my tank though and replaced that under warranty (300 miles my right knee wore through the laquer), why not the heel protectors?!

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Mine show no wear after 6000km but my previous biked did with the same amount although I wouldn't be too bothered as its just part of the wear and tear and they do get a decent rubbing
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