adhesive for turn signals?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by brandonmccann, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. brandonmccann

    brandonmccann Adventurer

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    Alright,

    So when I had first dropped my bike it broke off a turn signal. The problem is that the turn signal is fine, but it broke where it bolts into the headlight housing. To better explain: There is a small part of my headlight housing broke off and I need a glue that will properly put it back together to ensure my turn signal doesn't slip out.

    I tried an epoxy as instructed by a hardware store here....but it never bonded. Ideas?
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  2. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    Just use some silicone.
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    henrymartin Mr. Tourguide

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    Contact cement works rather well.
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  4. brandonmccann

    brandonmccann Adventurer

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    What kind? I'm not familiar with any adhesive besides epoxies, silicone, jb weld, normal glue, and gorilla glue..
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  5. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    Does it have to look good? One of the expanding polyurethane glues like gorilla glue stick to anything and fill gaps, but they are unsightly indeed.

    A picture would help, but for a repair such as you are describing, I would rough up the inside of the headlight and the cracked area, and dip a piece of fiberglass cloth in epoxy and stick it on there, use masking tape to hold every thing in position until it sets up.

    Just trying to visualize what you are working with.
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    kantuckid Long timer

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    send a pic then you'll get information based on the situ at hand- thisguessing is pointless!
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  7. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Epoxies maybe but sure not the 5 minutes type, they'll set before they bond with the plastics. There are some epoxies just for plastics,mostly are of the slow cure type. I have to buy some of the Permatex for another job, also plastics.Need another few minutes digging up the specs/cure times.

    My bike came with a turn signal fixed with them expanding poly, sure failed and sure messy and hard to clean later to redo that job.

    I have some industrial strenght CA here, the better Krazy glue I may go try it later if just to satisfy myself that it does or doesn't work as advertised on the package. Should work, sold for them applications at motorcycle rallies.:wink:

    If all else fails, I may just go to my big tube of Polyurethane construction adhesive for decks and subfloors, that stuff sticks to just about anything. Always some of that around here.
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    The PacRat I'm that other guy

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    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    without knowing the material out of which the headlight shell is made, anything psoted is a shot in the dark.
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    nbsdave Been here awhile

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  11. brandonmccann

    brandonmccann Adventurer

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    I used a 5 minute epoxy in the end and it held pretty well. The signal stays in by itself, it's just I don't want to rely on the rubber insert to keep it connected to the headlight.

    Anyways, the housing is constructed of ABS plastic and I still don't know of a really good method of getting it back on..permanently. I'd add a picture but apparently I don't have the permissions to do so. I'll upload one to tinypic in a bit I suppose...
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