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Old 03-24-2009, 01:26 PM   #1
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Can this fairing be fixed?

I went down at MSRH on Saturday and this is pretty much the extent of the damage. The top left part of the front fairing broke off (where the upper part of the windshield mounts) and I was wondering if I could have this plastic welded or maybe even re-glassed. It was a clean break and I'm just looking at my options since I want to go back to the track and don't want to spend a lot of money repairing something that might go down again.

If anybody knows if this can be fixed and who could possibly fix it, please let me know!

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cut the other side to match.

drill a couple new holes for the screen to mount ?
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If you're not too worried about appearance, put 2 brackets behind it, bolt it to the brackets and wallah you're bike now has character
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You will continue to ride in the street?

If yes, check with Tony (Houseofpain) he might help you out.

If not, do yourself a favor and get race bodywork, easier to repair and way cheaper than stock plastics.
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cut the other side to match.

drill a couple new holes for the screen to mount ?
Really don't want the other side cut. Looks bad enough already. No need to drill new holes if I can reattach the original piece.

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If you're not too worried about appearance, put 2 brackets behind it, bolt it to the brackets and wallah you're bike now has character
Thought about that, but wasn't sure if it would be structuraly sound since there's a bracket behind it that will be pushing up on it.

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You will continue to ride in the street?

If yes, check with Tony (Houseofpain) he might help you out.

If not, do yourself a favor and get race bodywork, easier to repair and way cheaper than stock plastics.
Yes, I still ride the street and do want race plastics once I make this a dedicated track bike and can afford a new street bike. I'll shoot Tony a PM and see if he can help. Thanks!
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that can be fixed....but not sure how long it will hold up to tell you the truth. not much strength in that piece in the first place.....repairing it would just be like putting a bandaid over a gunshot wound. it will most likely break or crack again.

it would probably be more cost effective to replace the panel (depending how much it cost new) but i'm sure for the price of just that panel, you could probably get a decent set of race plastics.
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I guess that's what I was looking for! And yes, I can get a whole set of racing plastics or nearly a set of Hong Kong plastics for what that one piece costs from the dealer. I'll probably just rienforce it for now until I'm ready to convert it to track only. No need spending that much money when the odds are that I'll go down again.

Thanks for your input guys!
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If you have all the pieces it will be a very easy fix. You may be able to leave just a thin line on the junction and made it fairly strong with some reinforcement underneath.

Check my post here Plastic repair @ TWTex

If you are willing to drive to The Woodlands, one evening during the week, I could help you.
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Sorry, error on the link. Here is the correct one: Plastic repair @TWTex
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Thanks for the link man! I think I'll give that a shot for the time being. It seems simple enough that if it doesn't last too long, I can just do it again until I'm ready to buy a more permanent set of fairings.

PS - Good job on rebuilding your fairings. You have a lot more patience than I do...
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I have a set of race bodywork I'd be willing to part with...cheap.
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to clean and plasticweld just the inside there wouldnt be alot of support. What I normally do is overlay chicken wire then plastic weld the whole piece onto the old fairings.

You would see it from the inside though in that case. Structurally, the a/m windscreens usually have some tension against the plastics; it may crack again.

As mentioned, it may only be a bandaid but if you were really concerned about it, we can try to plastic weld the inside w a support piece(so the paint on the outside isn't effected.

Lemme know. Only problem is I have to do it during non-work hours, Northside BMW 1960/i45.
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nope, cant be fixed.. the bike is forever ruined... I'll solve your problem though. I'll have a friend of mine who is a Nigerian prince mail you a check for $10,000. You can keep blue book on the bike (a good deal since its wrecked) and just send the rest back to me with the bike and title

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just trin the other side and make it look like a stunt fairing
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nope, cant be fixed.. the bike is forever ruined... I'll solve your problem though. I'll have a friend of mine who is a Nigerian prince mail you a check for $10,000. You can keep blue book on the bike (a good deal since its wrecked) and just send the rest back to me with the bike and title

I agree. Just take the 10kand buy a real motorcycle......Yammi of course.
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Thanks for the link man! I think I'll give that a shot for the time being. It seems simple enough that if it doesn't last too long, I can just do it again until I'm ready to buy a more permanent set of fairings.

PS - Good job on rebuilding your fairings. You have a lot more patience than I do...

My fairing was a lot worst than yours and with just a little of reinforcement it turned out very solid.
  • Sand all the way to the black plastic the inside,
  • make the crack wider on the inside,
  • Join the parts with masking tape on the outside
  • In your case I will use a "bean bag" or something like that to rest the two pieces at the right angle
  • Apply ABS cement
  • Apply some fiber glass mat or nylon strap (THe one I used melted with the cement and worked great.

Make sure you use ABS cement and not multypurpose.

It is fairly easy. Good luck
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trim the other side - it looks like a cool mod to me!
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lol dude thats nothing! Fk'n easy to fix buy aluminum tape and put on the outside to hold pieces to together and use plastic weld from autozone to glue everything together then remove aluminum tape.
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to clean and plasticweld just the inside there wouldnt be alot of support. What I normally do is overlay chicken wire then plastic weld the whole piece onto the old fairings.

You would see it from the inside though in that case. Structurally, the a/m windscreens usually have some tension against the plastics; it may crack again.

As mentioned, it may only be a bandaid but if you were really concerned about it, we can try to plastic weld the inside w a support piece(so the paint on the outside isn't effected.

Lemme know. Only problem is I have to do it during non-work hours, Northside BMW 1960/i45.
Thanks for the advise, Cali. I think I'll give this a shot on my own at first and if I have any problems, then maybe I'll get with one of you guys for an extra hand

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nope, cant be fixed.. the bike is forever ruined... I'll solve your problem though. I'll have a friend of mine who is a Nigerian prince mail you a check for $10,000. You can keep blue book on the bike (a good deal since its wrecked) and just send the rest back to me with the bike and title

I'm not falling for that one...again! j/k


Thanks for the suggestions guys. I'll give this a shot and let you know how it turns out
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