BMW F800GS carbon fiber mud guard raffle

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by runnin4melife, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2012
    Oddometer:
    806
    Location:
    "No shit when I was back at Bragg!!!"
    Ladies and Gents I am in the process of making a carbon fiber mud guard in the best of dirtbike fashion. As this is probably the most labor intensive piece I have built (had to disassemble the entire rear of my bike and pull the gas tank so I can make a mold) I figured why not spread the wealth. :evil

    To make this fair for all I will pick a number 1-1,000 and if you are interested in this item send me a PM with your lucky number. The piece will be boxed up and mailed to you free of charge (where ever in the world you live) and include any necessary hardware (4 x M8 bolts and washers). It will be a direct bolt on to the the 4 bolt holes on the underside of your subframe so ensure that these are not being utilized for anything else or this will not be compatible.

    I am still in the R&D phase so it may not make it by Christmas but it will be there by mid January. I will conclude the raffle by midnight (EST) Dec 15 and notify the winner via PM where I will sort out their contact information and whether they want it clear coated (for the road snob :ricky) or rubberized (truck bed liner for the off road nut :dllama) or whatever color you want it to be.

    Best of luck and happy holidays!
    #1
  2. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Oddometer:
    4,913
    Location:
    Grand Valley, Colorado
    Prepare for a very full mailbox....:D
    #2
  3. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    969
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    So are you entering ebrabaek??

    WOW! Very generous of you runnin4melife!! :eek1:freaky

    Can't wait to see it the pics!

    Dave
    #3
  4. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Oddometer:
    4,067
    Location:
    :o)
    Hell yeah I'm interested... since the mudsling thread went to hell :lol3

    Good luck and have fun whilst designing!

    Cheers,

    Tom - Loutre
    #4
  5. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,346
    Location:
    The great state of confusion
    If you have a decent relationship with an area dealer, and with all the cracked gas tanks that are getting replaced maybe you could "borrow" cracked one? :evil

    I expect they do have to send them back to the fatherland for warranty credit, but seriously it would save you a boatload of work if you could borrow one for a couple days to make your mold, and I would not think the "timing" on their return of warranty parts is not so strict that a few days at your garage would make a difference ....

    I'd be signing up for a guard myself, save the fact that I have a Mudsling all installed....
    #5
  6. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2012
    Oddometer:
    806
    Location:
    "No shit when I was back at Bragg!!!"
    That is a great idea for the tank. The nearest dealer is an hr away and after a few beers the rear of my bike came off pretty easily. The worst part was draining the gas as I had a nearly full tank. I wish I would have thought of that sooner though. Would have eased my suffering:D
    #6
  7. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Oddometer:
    4,913
    Location:
    Grand Valley, Colorado
    :D..... I never win anything....:lol3 but in all fairness, I think I will forgo the draw, and leave Adam's generous offer open. It will be a fun thread to watch.....:freaky:clap
    #7
  8. Mtl_Biker

    Mtl_Biker Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Oddometer:
    766
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    Reminds me of a girl I knew once... after a few beers all kinds of things would come off. :lol3

    But I didn't know bikes drank beer. :beer:
    #8
  9. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2012
    Oddometer:
    806
    Location:
    "No shit when I was back at Bragg!!!"
    Hahaha! :freaky Well what is the point of having a Bavarian friend if it cannot drink with you? I am off to the local automotive store for now. I am picking up some more fiberglass cloth and resin to finish the mold. It is coming along nicely right now.

    I will let my bike know of its philanderous ways :evil

    Erling, I didn't win the powerball last night either...
    #9
  10. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Oddometer:
    4,913
    Location:
    Grand Valley, Colorado
    Ha ha.... I no one in my fam played...... I wanted to, but my wife didn't share that thought....:clap
    #10
  11. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2012
    Oddometer:
    806
    Location:
    "No shit when I was back at Bragg!!!"
    Mold is coming along nicely. This is a step wise build because I have to build a mold to do the layup and then test fit a piece then adjust the mold etc... so it is a bit time consuming. I am taking the week off of this piece to finish my rad guard and will be back to it next week as I am procuring a few tools to assist me in the build. Should have some pics by next weekend :evil
    #11
  12. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2012
    Oddometer:
    806
    Location:
    "No shit when I was back at Bragg!!!"
    In hopes of making this a great piece I have broke down and bought a vacuum pump and other items necessary to degas the resin so I can make a beautiful (or at least not full of air bubbles) piece. As I am stalled right now just waiting for this to come together I wanted everyone to know that it will be made in a few days. I am almost done with the mold for the layup and will make a quick fiberglass setup and test fit it before I go all out. :evil
    #12
  13. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,346
    Location:
    The great state of confusion
    Having never attempted this before ... I have a stupid question...

    Do you just degas the "cup" of mixed resin before applying it,
    or do you apply the resin to the layup and degas the entire part, or both?
    #13
  14. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2012
    Oddometer:
    806
    Location:
    "No shit when I was back at Bragg!!!"
    JR, we are in the same boat in regards to doing this before. You de-gas before you apply the resin because the bubbles really screw with the layup sometime. Most of them are just cosmetic though but I am hoping that this will make everything look nice and pretty! :evil
    #14
  15. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,346
    Location:
    The great state of confusion
    Thanks, that makes sense to me and ... only requires a small vacuum chamber :D
    This is something I'm going to want to try in the future and was visualizing the need for a vacuum chamber big enough to hold the finished part ...........:lol3
    #15
  16. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2012
    Oddometer:
    806
    Location:
    "No shit when I was back at Bragg!!!"
    Yeah that would be economically unfeasible for the DIY guy. I googled DIY vacuum chambers and saw quite a few setups. I then followed something very similar to Ebrabaek's which many other people did as well. If you have your 2 stage vacuum pump you are already on your way. I went to goodwill and got a cheap pressure cooker pot and then I had to buy the 1 inch plexiglass online, found a -30 "Hg gauge and will source the brass fittings and tubing from homedepot. All and all I will have about $150 in the whole setup including the purchase of my vacuum pump which I bought off of ebay.

    I am pretty excited because the biggest issue I have had so far is the bubbles! It isn't fun when you do a great layup, take your time and everything is going smoothly and when you pop it out of the mold there are 2-3 pock marks from a residual air bubble that expanded to epic proportions. I could get around this by just applying another layer over the top but that is a pain in the butt and requires a substantial amount of sanding.
    #16
  17. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,346
    Location:
    The great state of confusion
    Sounds good - I have a vacuum pump that I use for car AC work that pulls down very low - I forget the spec. now,
    and picked up a small chamber on eBay a while back to try to rescue a cell phone that went swimming .... :lol3
    #17
  18. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2012
    Oddometer:
    806
    Location:
    "No shit when I was back at Bragg!!!"
    Yeah I wish I was closer to my father, he has all the HVAC equipment I would need for this but it is nice to have your own. With the chamber just make sure it can hold up to -30 "Hg. Most HVAC pumps go down to ~20 microns and you will never need that for this application, heck for AC units 350 microns is the target. You should definitely get into this stuff, it is a lot of fun!
    #18
  19. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,346
    Location:
    The great state of confusion
    I does sound like fun, I think I will ... as soon as I can clear out a few projects on the benches now! :rofl
    #19
  20. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2012
    Oddometer:
    806
    Location:
    "No shit when I was back at Bragg!!!"
    First test subject. If this one works out it will become the mold for the real deal!

    <a href="http://s1116.photobucket.com/albums/k571/Herman_Melville/?action=view&amp;current=IMAG1569.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k571/Herman_Melville/IMAG1569.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    <a href="http://s1116.photobucket.com/albums/k571/Herman_Melville/?action=view&amp;current=IMAG1568.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k571/Herman_Melville/IMAG1568.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    <a href="http://s1116.photobucket.com/albums/k571/Herman_Melville/?action=view&amp;current=IMAG1568.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k571/Herman_Melville/IMAG1568.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
    #20