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post #1 of 11 Old 03-28-2012, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Reinforcing BEFORE it shatters

Hey all,

I was curious about something. I read that the 08+ fairings tend to shatter because they're not the rubbermaid type that the early generations were. This kind of worries me.

I am considering a couple ideas for my 09.

Has anyone scuffed and painted their fairings with a tough epoxy or rigid bedliner style material to kind of encase it? What about scuffing resining and laying a few layers of carbon fiber OVER the original fairing to protect it from shattering altogether? The underlying plastics could crack, but they would be bonded to the CF and can be repaired.

What about kitty fur fiber and resin to reinforce from the INSIDE?

I have reconditioned, created, and repaired CF on my Ducati and find it easy to work with. When impregnated properly, I doubt if the covering of the stock fairings would ever let them crack...

Thoughts?

Sure, may seem kind of far-fetched, but that's the kind of person I am.

I would post photos of what I've done with CF but I don't have enough posts.

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Maybe a quadraxial weave like this-if I'm going for structural rigidity:



Or a typical twill weave such as this to assure that there is no shattering and may be repaired later:

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Both sides of mine are cracked, and somewhat structurally repaired. The part that seems most troublesome, has also proven to be the hardest to repair, and I've since pretty well given up. The big long tab that goes into the rubber grommet. If I could have reinforced that, I would have, not that I'm sure it would have made a difference.

It's a KLR, I'd skip the CF and the tricky impregnation process and just go with some nice black fiberglass for the same look at a whole lot less money.
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i see your carbon fiber and raise you an old lisence plate and some jb weld.
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Lol. Touche'

CF or fiberglass could have made that cleaner-maybe even more sturdy.
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You can't make anything better than jb weld and scraps unless you add ducttape. I'm surprised they don't make a carbon fiber reinforced duct tape (that you could clear coat with the clear JB Weld I'm also suprised they don't make).

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Hey all,

I was curious about something. I read that the 08+ fairings tend to shatter because they're not the rubbermaid type that the early generations were. This kind of worries me.

I am considering a couple ideas for my 09.

Has anyone scuffed and painted their fairings with a tough epoxy or rigid bedliner style material to kind of encase it? What about scuffing resining and laying a few layers of carbon fiber OVER the original fairing to protect it from shattering altogether? The underlying plastics could crack, but they would be bonded to the CF and can be repaired.

What about kitty fur fiber and resin to reinforce from the INSIDE?

I have reconditioned, created, and repaired CF on my Ducati and find it easy to work with. When impregnated properly, I doubt if the covering of the stock fairings would ever let them crack...

Thoughts?

Sure, may seem kind of far-fetched, but that's the kind of person I am.

I would post photos of what I've done with CF but I don't have enough posts.
I have an 08 and the only breakage I have had, are with the studs on the back of my side fairings. The ones that pop into the rubber grommets. Not the side covers under the seat pan. No shattering of the surface of the plastic but a good hard rap or dump will break those studs off, then all you have left holding your plastic on is 3 bolts. 3 heh heh. I don't think CFing your plastic will do much good in a case like that. Bolstering the studs could be done the with a small dixi cup placed around the stud and filled with resin. Then grind it down for clearance.
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