Guide

Kuwahara Decal Sets

What are the correct Kuwahara decals to put on your build?  Where do you buy them?  Are they N.O.S. (New Old Stock)?  Are they reproduction?  If so, are they quality reproductions? And most importantly, are the Accurate decal sets?

We have been asked so many questions through email regarding Kuwahara decals that we decided to make the ultimate Kuwahara frame set decal guide to help Kuwahara collectors track down the proper decals to restore their Kuwie’s back to Factory specs

We have gone through an intensive, in-depth and fair, decal comparison analysis process and purchased various Kuwahara decal sets from all over the world, first hand, from many different sellers.  And YES. we purchased almost every kind of Kuwahara decal set, including rare decals like Pantera and even Waldo set’s from as many different sellers as physically possible!  We like to be thorough!  *Also, Thank you to a few individuals who sent in hard to attain decal sets and/or originals.*

OUR RESEARCH INCLUDED:

  • decal stock quality and accurate details such as protective laminate.
  • printing quality (should be Silkscreened or Litho printed or an equivalent process comparable in quality to factory originals from the 1980’s)
  • measurements of die cuts (the actual clear sticker size itself from edge to edge all around).
  • measurements of each letter/word and a side by side comparison with original sets (removed from survivor frames)
  • registration accuracy (where each colour or layer sits over the next)
  • font accuracy (in most cases, you will not find a font to match, so most fonts must be custom traced)
  • letter/font thickness, and color match

After years of research and giving several reproducers / sellers of Kuwahara reproduction decal sets the opportunity to bring forth their best through a thorough testing, we came to the conclusion that as far as factory correct details go, BMX-Rider is the only seller online that sells accurate Kuwahara Decal sets worthy of any vintage Kuwahara BMX.

Not to mention, BMX-Rider is also now a Worldwide “Authorized / Licensed” reseller of Kuwahara bmx decals so that title right there makes them even more legit.  Visit their website here.

We even wrote a whole article on it which you can read here, but as most collectors and enthusiasts in the world know by now, BMX-Rider’s name almost always comes up when any discussion involving quality Kuwahara decal sets comes up.  And to be fair, in recent years, a few newcomers have started reproducing Kuwahara decals as well, with one seller out of Australia, however, after purchasing and testing their sets, their quality and accuracy is subpar for the most part.

For Official quality Kuwahara Pad Sets, we have found Jumpsports in Thaliand to be the best and they are also an Authorized/Licensed reseller.  Buy padsets here.

SCAMMER ALERT – FALSE ADVERTISING: With all of our research pointing to one respected seller, we must still warn and inform the un-knowledgeable newbies and the un-convinced, of the falsely advertised NOS decals being sold online.

We found some sellers located in Thailand are falsely advertising the majority of their decals as N.O.S.  Be aware that their decals are truly NOT New Old Stock by any means.  They are reproductions but poor ones to say the least.  However, the “Lightning Bolt” Chrome-Moly decals seem to be NOS from our research.

NOTE: Be also AWARE that poor quality reproduction Kuwahara decal sets were being printed even back in the 1980’s.. so if you do find a subpar Decal set advertised as N.O.S., it truly could be new old stock from the 80s.. but a legit poor quality repop decal from back in the day!

CONCLUSION: If you have any doubt, compare to a BMX-Rider set or contact us for any help.

4 Generations of Decal Sets

There are 4 generations of Kuwahara decal sets produced between the years 1979 and 1988.  Generation 2 is the most common decal set you will find on the popular 1982 – 1984 Laserlites and Novas. However, ALL main tube and fork decals are the exact same size for any 16″, 20″, or 24″ frames and forks.

FACTS: SOME INTERESTING AND KEY DETAILS TO NOTE – All models produced mid October 1983 and later included the ® symbol in all the decals (including “Lightning Bolt” seat post & handlebar decal) except the “4130” seat post tube decal. This ® logo was found ONLY at the bottom right corner of each decal. Factory original decals also include little ‘placement dots’ on the main tube decals of all models, on the ‘model name’ decals (Laserlite, Survivor, Nova, & Pantera) and on the fork decals of E.T. models only.