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Old 01-10-2006, 06:47 PM   #1
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Race Plastics..Which brand??

Which brand do you guys reccommend? I want a good set that fits well and is fairly durable/flexible.

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Old 01-10-2006, 08:14 PM   #2
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pretty much the rule of thumb on body work is you get what you pay for. I have Cheetah and like it pretty good. I got a good deal on it and it has held up well. It would fit better if I would have installed it better.
Some other good kits are Hotbodies and Sharkskinz. Both high end and $$$.
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Thanks for the read,
I found this set on ebay which the seller claims to be made by hotbodies, but after reviewing his feedback I noticed another buyer purchased the same kit and said it had poor fitment.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/New-H...spagenameZWDVW

what do you guys think?
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Hotbodies is hit or miss. I've heard some guys say it fits OK and some say not. Pretty much the only brand I've heard of w/ good fit just about all of the time is Sharkskinz.

Godfather racing is a good brand as well. They are currently working on the mold for the 04-05 CBR 1000 and 06 CBR 1000. They said it should be a couple of weeks. It will retail for approx. $450 for a full set. He said if you are interested, go to their website to get on the waiting list...

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Hotbodies, Cheetah, Sharkskins.
The best stuff I've used however is AK Composites. Great fit and does extremely well in crashes.


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Our endurance team made it through a full sesason with one set of A-Kit racing glass. I think they sold out and are now know as MD race glass. Good stuff, great fit on the hondas, and under 400.00 to my door.
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Old 01-11-2006, 07:34 PM   #8
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Good read... but it was written in Jan. of 1998, alot has changed in the last 8 years!

1... if you can afford it, SharkSkinz
2... HotBodies, AK Composites, or Cheetah
(Hotbodies are fairly priced, you can get a complete set for around $650, maybe cheaper)
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I ordered a set of cheetah for my 750, i'm just waiting for them to arrive and see how they fit.

On the r1 i had air-tech. The only problem i had was no room for my aftermarket headers in the bellypan and a hole in the radiator from drilling while mounting it. :icon_bigg
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a hole in the radiator from drilling while mounting it
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reminds me of once when i was (re)tapping the lower hole for an alternater bracket on my pickup and drilled straight into the coolant passage in the head... :BangHead:
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Airtech typically does'nt fit / crash well.
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Sorry about the antique link fellas. I meant to post this. Road Racing World did a complete evaluation of the majority of the brands.

Road Racing world just did a comparison on bodywork.
Here are the results in a nutshell.

Finish
1=perfect 10=worst possible
Armour bodies 2
Sharkskinz 3
Airtech Grey line 4
Cheetah 4
Airtech STD 6
GP composites 6
airtech Premium 7
AK Composites 7
Hot Bodies 7

WEIGHT
Air T Prem 7.6
Armour Bodies 7.12
AK Composites 7.13
Hot Bodies 9.10
Cheetah 8.10
Sharkskinz 8.11
GP Composites 8.12
Air T std. 9.11
Air T gray line 14.6


FIT

AK Composites Pefect
Armour Bodies Exceptional
Air T. Prem. "
Hot Bodies "
Sharkskinz "
Cheetah "
Air T std. Good
GP Composites "
Air T grey ln. Poor






Impact Testing
this test was done with a 25 pound wieght dropped from a 12 ft.. cieling. Bodywork was mounted to an old gixr frame(at least they are good for something).
1=best possible 10= worst poss
GP comp. 1
Cheetah 2
Armour Bodies 3
Sharkskinz 4
Air t std. 5
Air t gray ln 6
AK comp. 7
Hot Bodies 8
Air T prem. 9



Flexibility
This test was done by flexing the side of the lower inward untill it touched the side of the oil pan - or as far as it would bend.

ranked best to worst

Armour bodies Zero damage
GP comp. Minor spider cracking
Cheetah 4 cracks along edges
Sharkskinz 6 " " "
Hot Bodies Major spider cracking
Air t prem. Heavy cracking on top edge
AK Comp. Creased
Air t std. Creased
Air t gray line Could not flex that much
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I have godfather and I must say they fit rather nicely except for the belly pan which even though the molding fit nicely I had to move 2 holes, one on each side. Other than that they fit right in no problem. They are a bit thinner than some others and well I can't say i've had the pleasure of crash testing them yet so I don't know how they would hold up.
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I have godfather and I must say they fit rather nicely except for the belly pan which even though the molding fit nicely I had to move 2 holes, one on each side. Other than that they fit right in no problem. They are a bit thinner than some others and well I can't say i've had the pleasure of crash testing them yet so I don't know how they would hold up.
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wait what did you have on your bike when you crashed? stock fairings? You've crash tested something... how'd they hold up?
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wait what did you have on your bike when you crashed? stock fairings? You've crash tested something... how'd they hold up?

i crashed with the godfather plastics. they held up pretty godd for the thin fiber glass. i highsided and all i had to do is repair/reinforce the upper and tail.
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Got my cheetah on friday and i was impressed by the product, very flexible on strong. They also line up petty well and everything came up predrilled except the ones to connect the upper with lower.

Race Plastics..Which brand??
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Race Plastics..Which brand??
Race Plastics..Which brand??

BTW thas my new 04 7fiddy, can't wait to take this beast to the track :icon_bigg
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looks good ufo!
Thats cool that they come predrilled like that and the holes actually line up.
What kinda prices you guys gettin on the cheetah's?
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looks good ufo!
Thats cool that they come predrilled like that and the holes actually line up.
What kinda prices you guys gettin on the cheetah's?
i had to drill my holes in but i think that allowed for everything to line up better.

ufo, i like that bright orange rim. maybe a navy blue, orange theme would look good on those plastics.
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