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Old 05-29-2007, 08:50 PM   #1
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drilling through carbon fiber?

i was thinking about buying a carbon fiber rear hugger for the duc and mounting the license plate on it..

is it easy to drill through carbon fiber or does it crack?
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OPP racing sells a special bit for drilling CF

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and put a piece of masking tape over the spot to be drilled and then drill through it.
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and put a piece of masking tape over the spot to be drilled and then drill through it.
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:03 PM   #7
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...While doing this, be sure to wear a mask!! Carbon will not escape from your lungs and will be trapped in your lung tissue causing irreputable damage!
haha...don't believe this statement. it's not like asbestos. over the past 6 years i've drilled, dremeled, sanded, grinded, milled, sawed...just about every operation you can think of to remove or manipulate carbon fiber, and probably cut more carbon than 99% of people will ever be exposed to in their lifetime. asides from some crazy colored boogers, it never bothered me. especially if you are only drilling a few holes or what not, i wouldn't worry about it at all.

you can cut it easily. a sharp drill bit, some tape, and maybe a piece of wood to use as a backing plate to drill into.
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haha...don't believe this statement. it's not like asbestos. over the past 6 years i've drilled, dremeled, sanded, grinded, milled, sawed...just about every operation you can think of to remove or manipulate carbon fiber, and probably cut more carbon than 99% of people will ever be exposed to in their lifetime.
It is not irreperable but it can be quite painful. I strongly urge wearing a mask, if you have ever worked with fiberglass you know the itch. This is way worse. I've personally done two fairly large projects with the stuff.

The lungs thing is that it will get in the lungs and perforate them. Don't believe me though:
Japanese CF Industry Association recommends a mask and goggles at the minimum and they make the stuff:
http://www.carbonfiber.gr.jp/english/tanso/06.html
Here is an MSDS sheet from SPI even strongly advicing to not even wear contacts while working with it-it does acknowledge no long term effects are known:
http://www.2spi.com/catalog/msds/msds11431.html

Do what you want but some cheap supplies can make you feel MUCH comfier later.
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you might even want to put a piece of wood on the other side to prevent blow out.
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I work on airliners for a living and have been through fairly extensive composite training. You should at least wear a dust mask, CF is not good for your lungs.
It is also a good idea to keep it off your skin for the same reasons as fiberglass.
All that said if you are just mounting a hugger on your scoot then I wouldn't worry about it too much. One time exposure aint likely to hurt anything.
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Old 05-30-2007, 08:02 AM   #11
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I have some CF goodies on the bike and I would caution you about attaching anything that wasn't meant to be on there. It isn't so much the drilling but think of the long term vibration and riding that will affect the CF in the long run. If you look at CF parts too long they'll crack while you're watching them. :laughing6

CF is expensive, I'd reconsider what you're contemplating.

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