Cheap plastic rally fairing hack?...

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  1. Hamilton.Cooper

    Hamilton.Cooper Adventurer

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    OK, so bare with me. I am a tinkerer. I like to think, a lot. Some of the thoughts I have are gold. Some, well... are not.

    I have had a KLR. I made it look like what I wanted. A rally bike.

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    It just wasn't. So I got a DRZ. And made it look like I wanted.

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    I would have gotten rid of the KLR at that time but I was upside down on it and in bad financial states, so I kept it. Always though thinking of the bike I wanted...

    I recently got rid of my KLR and bought my GF a F800r. Now I have a street bike to ride when she isn't and now I can mess with the DRZ I had given her so long ago. I have been looking all over for inspiration. All of the threads. All of them. Over and over. I found one that referenced these guys...

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rally-Moto-Kit-LLC/244806925574036

    and I had an epiphany, lets see if anyone else can guess what this is. I know it is not perfect and there may be better out there, but I think it is a damn good start for a cheap plastic adv fairing...

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    I have wanted to get a 3d printer for quite some time and am thinking of making parts of the tower out of 3d printed ABS. I know this is no where near finished but I am getting a feel from the masses if I am crazy or not.

    What do you guys think!? :freaky

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  2. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Captain Awesome

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    Its a rear fender...

    what do I win?

    Pezz_GS did something like it...

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    I have heard of helmet visors being used as screens, but that doesn't quite have the rallye look...
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  3. Hamilton.Cooper

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    If there is one thing that I have learned with my time on the internet is that there are no original ideas anymore. Haha.

    You win the fact that you won :deal

    I will keep you guys posted if anything comes of this.

    Thanks for the heads up on our fellow inmate who dun it before me.
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  4. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Captain Awesome

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    He had problems because he used a fender from a KTM and so it made the bike unreliable.:lol3
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  5. Hamilton.Cooper

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    I am chugging along. Not sure if I will keep the fender idea.

    I am trying to think of what I will make the fairing material out of and I keep coming back to fiberglass. I really want to do something like a vacu-formed plastic but I am not sure what kind/thickness will work.

    The pinnacle I am still thinking will be 3d printed. That way it can be shared via the thing-a-verse.

    Right now I am toying with the idea of leaving the mount as is and making the lower attachment points adjustable, giving people a lot of options of adjustment. The stem mounting will probably change to allow for adjustment as well.

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  6. Hamilton.Cooper

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  7. Hamilton.Cooper

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  8. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    I tinker also. I got $85 stuck in this. It's not really a fairing perhaps a fiberglass windscreen? :rofl

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  9. Hamilton.Cooper

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    What is that made from?
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  10. VxZeroKnots

    VxZeroKnots Long timer

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    Ya'll should call the boys at Highway Dirt Bikes, I don't know what they're asking for theirs, but their product stoutness is not in question.

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  11. Hamilton.Cooper

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    Not sure if they make one, don't see it on their site but I will touch base with them.
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  13. Hamilton.Cooper

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    I have their: top clamp, handguards, mirrors and vibe inserts. They are worth every penny. I will keep trucking along with my project but for someone who wants a bulletproof design, made in america and great support, go with HDB...
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  14. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    Me and a buddy who works auto body on corvettes, made it out of fiberglass

    $80 in paint primer resin etc

    $5 in Stainless steel fasteners at the local ACE
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  15. Hamilton.Cooper

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    Very nice!

    I wish I had that kind of production ability.

    I have come up with a new idea. Since we all seem to be cheap skates, how about making available a blueprint style sheet that you guys can just have printed out and use to cut anything rigid into the basic shape. Then from there glass it or whatever you want?

    I will still be making the rigid frame out of 3d printed parts for now.

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  16. Hamilton.Cooper

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  18. Hamilton.Cooper

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  19. EPMD

    EPMD Been here awhile

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    Might try this option if possible... my 2014 690 Enduro

    Just installed the Highway Dirtbikes Rallye Lite fairing with a prototype computer mount! Thank you Paul, kit is pretty much exactly what I wanted.

    More pics and details at http://therosshallproject.blogspot.com/

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