I re-assembled the other day. Will be giving it the soak test tonight or tomorrow, and then getting it back in the water and scratching it up shortly.
I decided not to clear coat it, as I'd like to simply spray over any of the zillions of scratches I inflict on this thing - and I was only able to find clear coat in flat or gloss.... its currently finished in Satin.
So we'll see. Who knows.
These are so easy to put back together now, having done this so many times. Its always arresting how smooth the trigger rod becomes after I hit it with a little 600 gr Wet Dry paper and a little silicone spray.... so smoooooooov to shift!
I do know it looks better, it will fight corrosion better and this is about the last thing I've had to do to a scooter short of winding my own motor - as I've done about everything else there is to do to a scooter: from pounding out the stanchions, shift rod and replacing the cowling after running it over with my truck, to replacing motor and bearings after a couple of floods, shaft seals, installing, shaping, diving and evaluating every propeller available, re-soldered electronics, re-installed melted fuse holders, field repairs of every piece of the back end, re-programmed electronics and so so much more.
I know my way around X-scooters much better than I do my regulators, my washer and dryer or my truck.
Thanks everyone for the great tips and tricks along the way. I love this place.
Here's the finished product.