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Wanted to offer up a tkread with my most recent personal experience in designing and ordering my own personal graphics for my 2008 CRF-450R.  When I google'd, my top find was www.motocal.com .   The web site UI is quite enticing.  It offers themes, pre-defined graphics that you can modify or create your own completely.  I chose the later based on a super senior +55 template.

The graphics engine allows you to paste in shapes, logos from a broad set of libraries or you can upload your own graphics or type in your own text and manipulate an assortment of colors.  You can also shrink or zoom graphics as well as rotate any 360deg.  In the beginning you tell the program what your make and model is and it is supposed to set you up with a dye cut baseline matching your OEM plastics.

I spent many days editing since each time I went in, I found something that needed fixing whether alignment or colors.  I had to play around with the dye cut selection as well because many clearly did not match my plastic.  My order was around $70 USD.  I opted for front and rear fenders, L&R swing arm, L&R air box and front # plate.  Not bad but when you start putting on side # plates and shrouds you can get your purchase up over $200 real quick.

I waited long enough that I guess the company was afraid I wasn't going to close the deal and they sent to my email a 10% discount and a free upgrade to thickness.  Too bad I placed my order only a couple days too early. :-/  Delivery was very quick, especially after I found out the product ships from US to Ireland.  The package came in about 8 days, certified so you will have to sign or pick up from the PO.

Came out with a couple of issues which I am addressing with them which I'm sure they will fix since they extend 100% satisfaction guarantee.   Responses take 24 hrs since we are across the pond from each other.

#1 front fender, two of the lightening bolts colored 'aluminum' were supposed to be identical but the left one show there is some color bleed. As shown

#2 rear fender, dye cut not a clear match for my OEM fender (yes the Honda plastic came black from the factory) As shown.  Granted would not have been a problem but 1st, I put a border around the edges and 2nd, I put graphics accents to far out of the edges.  Had I not done either of those things I could have just trimmed the decal with scissors and just been done with it.  So lesson learned: Don't put on a border and don't put graphics within 3/4" from any edge.

My overall take is fair only because of the 100% satisfaction guarantee but you can avoid some issues if you are mindful of #2 mentioned above.   Oh and feel to give fret over the rear fender graphics.  Sometimes we have to surrender in some ways to get to do the fun things we want with a lot less headaches.  So yeah, I guess you could say my wife sponsors me. LOL

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Edited by Whopharded
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I've used Motocal for a couple of pitbikes. Came out looking really good, only some alignment issues and the decals not matching up to the shrouds. I didn't care enough to contact them to get it fixed.

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Whatever alignment issues there may be are offset by the ability to add anything you want to the graphics.  I've not seen any other service that will print any graphic you choose.

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I wanted to circle around.  I discussed the issue I thought I was anticipating with Motocal.  The have evidently experienced the same types of concerns Customers.  Their request was that I 1st install the graphics and send them photos and they would make it right.   So obliged and carefully put them on.   To my surprise everything fit true!  I had some issues around the air box with a little crinkle on both sides at the top but I attribute that to my own installation and it wasn't that bad.   Fenders, front plate and swing arm was a good fit.  My advice is don't try this without a heat gun.

From here on out I will always go to Motocal.

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