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Old 01-22-2005, 02:26 PM   #1
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Help2 How can I fix a cracked fairing? - Fairing repair?

Need some info. on fairing repairs. I have been told that the ABS plastic type of fairing material can be welded to repair cracks. Anyone have experience with the procedure, links for additional info., body shops that have done this work, etc.? I have some experience with body work on metal & fiber glass but not on plastic. The crack is minor, about 4" long but need to fix before filling associated scratches and touch up painting. Considered super glue but not certain it would hold. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 01-22-2005, 08:25 PM   #2
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Re: Fairing repairs

Robin - I think of a recent motorcycle magazine article that explained exactly how to do this, don't remember exactly which one, but here's an on-line example from Sport Rider Magazine...

http://www.sportrider.com/tech/146_9510_hand/
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Re: Fairing repairs

Robin, try these guys in Sacremento.

http://www.sac-cycle.com/frames.htm

Scroll down the page until it shows plastic welding.

If nothing else drill a small hole at the very end of the crack to keep it from spreading.
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Old 01-23-2005, 02:02 PM   #4
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Re: Fairing repairs

Hey guys, thanks for the info. I think I can take it form here.
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Thanks again for the help.
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Re: How can I fix a cracked fairing? - Fairing repair?

Good quality duct tape.
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Re: How can I fix a cracked fairing? - Fairing repair?

There are great kits out there to do the work yourself. However they really are designed to be for the production shop. Most kits run about $ 165. or so.
I have repaired my own farings, I have also come from the auto body industry with 18yrs experience.
What probably is best, is to vist your local body shop or bike REPAIR shop, not a dealer, and have the farings sewed up. Then you could perform the sanding, priming and painting if you wish to save a few bucks.
Most shops will charge about 60-70 dollars to 'plastic weld' the fariings.
Hope this helps.

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Re: How can I fix a cracked fairing? - Fairing repair?

I just did a repair on some plastic on my bike that had that sized crack. It was a rather hidden piece on my motorcycle so I wasn't going to be critical of it, but when it was all done it turned out extremely good looking. I used some 2 Ton Epoxy by Devcon (available at any good hardware store) and applied a coating of it to the backside and a tiny amount to the cracked surface as well. It's now extremely strong and from the front is virtually hidden and looks as good as new so it's unlikely I might need to order a replacement. This may not fit a highly visible piece or if both sides are visible, but may apply in your situation too. Cost of repair was pretty good too, only a few dollars.

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Re: How can I fix a cracked fairing? - Fairing repair?

Ive used a product called Plastech --but their website is directing me to a online-drug store...very strange....http://www.plastech-formula.com/MOTORCYCLE.cfm-- Ive ordered from their site directly...must be server issues.

It is from the UK. They have a liquid/powder ABS repair kit, with a molding material that you put in hotwater, mold & cool which leaves you with a negative to fill in with the rosin powder, add a few drops of the catalyst and you have a solid ABS plastic weld/piece cured within 2 minutes.

Wonderful repair...very strong.
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Re: How can I fix a cracked fairing? - Fairing repair?

Try this tool from Harbor Freight. For the price it can't hurt to try.
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Re: How can I fix a cracked fairing? - Fairing repair?

I want to thank everyone for all the helpful information. I did check out all the tips you provided.
Tim, your lead to Sport Rider helped me find another article on plastic fairing repair: http://www.sportrider.com/tech/146_0204_body/
Wanted to share this. Also I checked out http://www.sac-cycle.com/frames.htm for plastic welding. $5.00 an inch which I think is more than reasonable if you have a serious crack to mend. Mine however was fairly minor so I opted for an adhesive. I found the products mentioned in the Sport Rider article at: www.autobodystore.com
I plan to use the following to complete the repair to my fairing:
Fusor #143 Adhesive
Fusor #602 Surface Modifier
E411 Evercoat Polyflex Flexible filler
I'll let ya'll know how it worked.
ThunderGod, I followed the link you provided and like you said, I found a new source for my Vicodin. (bad back ya know)
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