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Well, i get my brand new bike home last night, put it in the garage and i am happy as can be. Then i hear a crash! i turned and look thinking my baby fell over, i see a ladder in the garage fell and hit the front fairing leaving a small 1" crack in the fairing just below the left mirror. So after calming down and throwing the F#@%ing ladder in the trash I need to figure out how to keep the plastic from cracking anymore. (ps. it did not even chip the paint I just do not want it to start cracking more or start chipping. Any suggestions?
 

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My goodness, Amp...

what a bummer!!

But if I remember correctly, one of the monthly cycle magazines has an article EXACTLY on this topic. (Sorry, but the name of the magazine is eluding me at the moment).

Hopefully one of the other readers will be able to guide you to this SPECIFIC magazine.

Best wishes, and I'm bummed-out with you, bro.
 

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Drill a small hole where the crack ends to provide strain relief, about 1/8 inch should be ok. Do it at both ends of the crack. If you don't it may spread. I doubt that anyone else will notice the small holes.
 

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raymundo and amp...Sport Rider / April 2002 / page 90

(damn i'm a dork)

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I agree w/ the above post in regards to drilling a hole at both ends of the crack. It may not be necessary to drill it completely thru but it wld probably work better. Are there any decals at this location? If yes you can always buy a new decal to cover up the repair. I wld also suggest visiting ur local Body Shop Supply house......they sell epoxies specifically for different kinds of plastics (abs etc...), also get a piece of metal screen larger than the crack. I wld then take that part off:
cut the screen about an inch bigger all arnd the crack
mix up enough epoxy to cover the damaged area
and embed the screen into the epoxy fully.

The stuff I have dries real fast so make sure you have everythng in place ready to go.

Gdluck!

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Sounds like sport bike lover has it down very well. I tried the epoxy a couple of times and had great success with it. On the other hand, my roomate swears by crazy glue!?!?!?!?!

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ask what you can do for your bike"
 

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Try this stuff

http://home.att.net/~g.t.motorsports/Repair.photos.html

Drill a small hole on both sides of the crack, put a groove up the crack on the back side of the fairing, and slowly mix the liquid and powder. Cures and sandable in 45 minutes.

If the crack is big, lay a piece of fiberglass cloth down and then add the fluid/powder mix.

Goodluck

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3M makes a plastic repair kit that is similiar to bondo. It is two parts mixed together to form a solid bond. I picked mine up for about $25. I am an automotive painter btw. That article in the mag is good too. Half dozen or 6? They both work, but I like the 3M kit better.

 

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Thanks for the ideas guys, i think i will go with Sigs suggestion since i am a 3M distributor though. Thanks again for the help.
 

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I like the duramix alittle better then the 3m plastic repair kit. the duramix you can get the right expoy to do the job ( to match the plactic) 3m i only found the one kind not different kinds of plastic repair kit.

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