Tezza
Had my Scout for just over 12 months and only have 7k kilometers on the speedo. (I have another bike)
Took it for a run today to test the recent addition of Beach bars and when I returned home, I decided to give the Scout a good wash and polish.
While admiring the cleanliness and how good the bike looks, I went into shock when I discovered something strange. Check the photo out and you will see that on the exhaust side of the cylinder heads, the machined part of the fins have been painted black. On the other side they aren't.

1. Has anyone noticed this on their Scout?
Heads Scout 2.jpg 
2. Why would this be done from manufacture.

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Ulysses  25368

2017 Indian Scout
2013 Boulevard C50T
Penrith, NSW
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KL Scout
Very interesting - mine are not painted. 
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MannyKBT
Odd... mine are also not painted on both sides. By that I mean they are chrome on both sides. 
Julian
Mount Eliza, Victoria 
2018 Scout
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Sean Judd

Yeah that's strange. Mine are painted both sides. Wonder what's up with that?

Edit: Sorry, meant mine are silver both sides (which is what they're meant to be)

Current 2018 Chieftain

Past 2016 Scout

Future I'm thinking old School 40s Chief. 

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V-Twin
Interesting discovery Tezza.  As far as I can tell, Scout is meant to be chromed on both sides.

Before my mind gets carried away, you didn’t use any harsh chemicals washing your bike and blasted all the chrome highlights, did you? 😀

8F34FC34-7ED8-4A52-8BA3-83881CEE2200.jpeg 

...I will assume, that is not the case.  😆

Your’s is 2016 Scout right?  

Can other Scout owners chip in if your Scout has chrome highlights on both sides and tell us what year your Scout is?

Also, please chip in if you are missing the chrome highlights from one side - als with your model year.  Let’s see if the production changed somewhere along the way.  If not, it must be a manufacturing error.  Maybe parts arrived with chrome bit missing and no one noticed.  

Have a chat with your dealer and come back and let us know what their explanation is?  ...I hope this is not part of their penny pinching exercise.  It looks odd with chrome highlights on one side and not on the other.

The fix might be very costly for Polaris so this might be a challenge.  However, having searched the web for black painted engine highlights and I was unable to find any.  Meaning, you got a bike different to what was advertised so they should honour it under warranty and fix it.

There is a possibility that your Scout might be a collectir’s item and fetch 3 times the brand new Scout price! 😀
Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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V-Twin
MannyKBT wrote:
Odd... mine are also not painted on both sides. 
Black on BOTH sides?  This is very odd.

I’m tempted to find out if the black paint (for whatever reason) is applied over the chrome.  Does the black paint look like some sort of chrome paint protector?  I wonder the assembly people forgot to wipe them off? 🤔
Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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MannyKBT
V-Twin wrote:
Black on BOTH sides?  This is very odd.  


I worded that horribly... I meant chrome on both sides! 
Julian
Mount Eliza, Victoria 
2018 Scout
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V-Twin
So, at the moment, it’s just your bike that is unique Tezza!!  

...of course this post made a lot of Scout owners run out to their garage to check in the middle of the night!!  😆
Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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Sean Judd

If it were black on both sides I'd be thinking somehow a scout 60 cylinder got in the mix, but given it's only on the one side I'd say someone just stuffed up on the finishing and somehow it managed to get through QC. 

 

Current 2018 Chieftain

Past 2016 Scout

Future I'm thinking old School 40s Chief. 

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Dr.Shifty
Those highlights are not chromed, they are polished. The Scout 60 has the same highlights, what it doesn't have is the chrome valve cover.

Here is a Scout and a 60 where you can compare the normal look of each. Tezza's bike has not been finished properly.

Scout engine trim.jpg
Cheers, Kim.

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Robbo
Dr.Shifty wrote:
Those highlights are not chromed, they are polished. The Scout 60 has the same highlights, what it doesn't have is the chrome valve cover.

Here is a Scout and a 60 where you can compare the normal look of each. Tezza's bike has not been finished properly.


I agree with Dr Shity, they would normally be fully painted and then the highlights polished back before assembly. A sanding block and some fine wet and dry followed by some alloy polish would set it right. Then again, it is unique. Apparently stamps and coins with errors can be worth large sums, my guess is that perhaps not so much with vehicles.
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Tezza
I like the idea of a collectors item V-Twin.
Actually, they are not chrome highlights. It is the machining operation finish.
For some reason, someone decided to paint one side. The only explanation I can think of is that the machining finish was bad and they tried to hide it with paint. I will attempt to remove the paint and check the machining finish.

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Ulysses  25368

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2013 Boulevard C50T
Penrith, NSW
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twincab
Just spotted this post
That does not look right to me I have a "17" scout both sides are polished
I have no answer why one side would be blacked out ??
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Croc
V-Twin wrote:
...of course this post made a lot of Scout owners run out to their garage to check in the middle of the night!!  😆
Dangit!  V-Twin is right, after reading this thread I DID wait to check my Scout but finally gave in after a day!  FYI both sides of my 2017 model are polished/highlighted.  Really interesting that your bike (Tezza) has one not.  Sounds more & more like a factory slipup.  Might be worth keeping it that way just for the novelty/uniqueness.
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Kat
E70CB541-F4FF-45AA-A3CF-F340370E5C17.jpeg  Mine is black on both sides as well. 
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Dr.Shifty
Kat wrote:
E70CB541-F4FF-45AA-A3CF-F340370E5C17.jpeg  Mine is black on both sides as well. 


The difference with your bike Kaz, is that the 60 does not have the chromed rocker covers, and it has a black frame. If you go up a few posts you'll see where I posted by old 60 beside a mates Scout. He's got the chrome rocker covers and a grey frame.

The thing with Tezza's bike in the original post is that his engine does not have the polished highlight strips that it should have.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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srd0060
Dr.Shifty wrote:
Those highlights are not chromed, they are polished. The Scout 60 has the same highlights, what it doesn't have is the chrome valve cover.

Here is a Scout and a 60 where you can compare the normal look of each. Tezza's bike has not been finished properly

Scout engine trim.jpg

The are machined surface, the heads are alloy and sleeved, i think yours or a few more may have slipped through the cracks.
2018 Scout, Thunder black, Beach bars, DART screen Bobber Rims, Stage 1.
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Canberra, ACT
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NZCam
Is there any issue with making both sides black as an after-market step?

#OperationBlackOps.
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Tezza
I see no issues. Use a high temp paint and apply with an artist brush.

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2013 Boulevard C50T
Penrith, NSW
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