Some like the chrome look
Some like the smooth look
Whatever your reason
or preference, Suzuki makes it a simple matter to "Personalize"
the look of your LC
The chrome Intruder Badges on the sides of the air box covers (Fake
Tank) are attached by some very tenacious two sided foam tape, otherwise
known as Auto Trim tape. Removing those badges is a simple matter of
slowly pulling them off starting at one end.
Of course, the trick here is getting behind the badge without damaging
the paint surface of the cover, and with something strong enough to
withstand the pulling force. Strong fishing line will work, but may cut
into your hands or fingers as you pull. I prefer to use a plastic wire
tie (Zip Tie) or plastic picnic knife.
Ease the zip tie or plastic knife edge under the rearmost point of the
badge, and grab the tie or knife with both hands, above and below the
tip of the badge, and pull straight away from the cover, slow and firm
pressure will cause the foam to give up its grip on the badge or cover,
and it will begin to release. As it does, place a small piece of
cardboard or flat plastic under the front tip of the badge. This is to
prevent that tip from dimpling the paint, as the rear tip is pulled
outward. The adhesive will release easier if the cover and badge are
warm, so either let it sit in the sun for a while first, or warm it up
with a hair dryer.
After the badge is off, there may be some amount of foam tape still
stuck to the cover (maybe even all of it). Working with your thumbs or
fingertips, just simply ROLL the adhesive up and off the paint. If there
is any adhesive residue left, it can be removed with products like "GooGone"
or WD-40. Give the paint a nice refreshing coat of wax after the "Badgectomy"
and you're all set to go smooth, or add a custom graphic!
FYI - The black plastic speedometer console cover and fuel door cover
are attached the same way.