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i am looking to spray paint my hood vents red, what is the exact color of the indy red on polaris sleds?


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If I were you I would paint it all different colors. Not Stock.


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I used a gloss apple red last time I did ones for a 650. I'm pretty sure that's the color.


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i went to the hardware store today, and tested a few out and guessed, and i went home and compared it and it is almost exact. by the way, how do you get the vents off the hood? it isnt just a regular nut and bolt like i thought it would be


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What year of sled is it? The wedge Indys were screwed in. I think the aggressive were pop riveted along with the evolved and gen 2


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edge chassis


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If I remember right those were held in by a few goldish colored rivets


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that is correct. how do i go about getting those off?


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Just tape around them. Rivets typically need to be drilled and then replaced.
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yeah, i was thinking i could do that, but thought it might be easier to paint by removing them, and less chance for painting somthing that isnt suppossed to be painted


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yeah, but drilling out 16+ rivets can get laborious and who knows what can of worms you might open.

Yes, it would certainly look better to remove them and paint them as you'd be able to get every nook and cranny of each screen.

I'd probably do one and see what it really was like.
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It should take you 5 minutes tops to drill out rivets with a sharp 3/16 bit. If they spin just grab the bottom with a needle nose vise grip.


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Get a big plastic sheet (painters plastic) cover your entire sled and cut a slot for each vent and then cut the plastic slightly (1inch) wider than the vents. Tape the plastic to the hood with that inch space and cover any hood left with tape. Also if you paint it with the hood on the sled put plastic over everything in the engine compartment and let it hang out so it covers everything!!

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drill the rivets and take the vents out.you probably should use some adhesion promoter as well,paint doesn't like to stick to plastic.
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Disregard any reference to taping and painting. This is advice coming from people that don't know how the vents work on your sled. The 02 has a sliding vent system. You want to remove the vents by drilling the rivets. Not any big deal. The apple red gloss is the correct color. I did mine this year. If you are worried about refastening, you can buy a hand rivet gun at any hardware store for fairly cheap or you can use a nut and bolt instead. I removed the back screen too and never put it back on.


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to drill them out, do you just drill thorugh the little hole on the top, and does the bottom just pop off?


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to drill them out, do you just drill thorugh the little hole on the top, and does the bottom just pop off?
yes drill through the hole on the top
usually the head comes off then you can pull the rest out.they are aluminum so they drill pretty easy...use a 3/16" bit and go easy.if they spin I use needle nose vise grips to hold them while I drill.again go easy,take your time
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You may be tempted to knock the end of the rivets out with a punch but do not do that you will bust the hood. Just like spartan said hold it with a vise grip and drill with a 3/16. You should be able to complete the whole task in a few hours depending on how long it takes your paint to dry.


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ok, ill try it out when i get around to it, might be a while to find time


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well, i got the vents out and painted them, and they turned out great. as far as new rivets go, do i have to order this kind from polaris? i have been looking around, adn cant find any rivets like these kind with the bigger head.


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