Yes, I do like the black wheels and exhaust heat shield also. Makes good sense. You don't have to clean the crap off a black rear wheel as often as you do a silver one, and it looks to me like the original paint on the heat shield is very suspect in quality.
i just primered & painted & clear coated. As i'll probably change the color in the future. I already want to leave the spoke area gloss & the smooth part of the rim a flat black. Thats why i didnt have powder coated. I just cant leave anything alone i own
I just used regular flat black spray paint on shield. No problems from the heat.
The passenger seat handles, I milled off in a milling machine on my lunch break at work. I also took 2" out of the rear fender to shorten it up.
Currently milling off right side passenger peg to make it strictly a muffler bracket.