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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by runnin4melife, Sep 29, 2012.
Nice.... Me like.
This piece is going to MotoRiley for winning the raffle. I made a mold of the piece but want to practice some vacuum bagging for further production as I had many issues with making this one that I want to overcome.
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A thing of beauty.... I'm sure MR will appreciate your work.
A royal pain in my that is what it was. I had to rework this piece 4 times due to that air bubble and my novice mistakes. I am going to run mine and let MotoRiley destroy his and see how they hold up before I make any more. It will be 3 months of testing so I figure that will be a good platform to figure out what works and what doesn't.
That and I want to vacuum bag the next one, or come up with a better method to lay it up. I may have to run with many cutouts to eliminate pulling as the resin cured as well as minimize airpockets. I may not use carboard as well, that seemed to add to the problems. I figure if I run 5 sheets and 6-7 in the middle and on the mounting tabs that should be fine and eliminate the need of the cardboard.
Something to consider..... forgo the cardboard...... then in the mould you have just made.... lay down an inch thick layer of epoxy clay. Then use that as a mechanical " other side" and then after trimming the vertical sides to the future layup thickness..... then just lay up the matrix in the mould, then layup the epoxy piece on the other side, effectively holding the layup in place, and squeezing out excessive resin in the process.
Good idea, now should I just make this clay myself or source something premade? Further down the rabbit hole I go Alice!
It is pricy to buy, but PC sells it, which is best quality. I make my own, simply mixing the plaster you use to set broken arms with..... Raid your med place, or scram to your local hobby lobby, and get a gallon for about $7. Mix the epoxy as normal, then degass it....pour it into a big bucket, and slowly stir in the plaster. You need to mix it on the hard side, because as it begins to set, teps elevates, and it begins to run a bit. I mix mine to the consistency of play dough. You want to sand the outside, after its done, and lay up a few layers of either glass or cf, to add strength. I have a few videos floating on photobucket. You can access then through my FB page. Look for " advanced mould making" from Thumpertalk.com. I will do anything to avoid vacuum bagging, thus saving that to the last resort. The above mentioned method will suit you fine.
Sounds great! I will knock this out when I get back in May for 3 weeks.
Besides that I just wanted to tell everyone if you are looking for anything F800 related definitely look into Renazco Racing!
I have dealt with them for my seat and a few other items and gee whiz they go the extra mile!!!! That and their prices haven't been able to be be beat by anyone for the items I am looking at.!
I second that statement.....
Well I finished almost everything on the bike today, I drove it yesterday and wanted to bleed the brakes again and was wondering why it was squirrely on the road, 10-15 PSI in both tires... Fixed that, mounted my mud guard and took it for another quick spin. Everything looks good to go. I have a late arrival coming early next week, a scotts steering damper plus risers from Renazco Racing. This will conclude the bike for now, or at least till late summer. Oh yeah I am waiting on some new rubber for the new rim... that might not make it in time though (will swap out old TKC to the new rim in that case).
Damn nice work there, I have enjoyed following in your builds and modifications! Enjoy your travels and be careful!
It has been a great time to build, plans for the future:
Don't forget the snorkel!
Ha! I hit something a little worse than that in VA near King George..... I was super soaked from that as I had to walk it through, was a bit deeper than expected, didn't kill it though but a snorkel would have made me feel better.
Put the Scotts risers and damper on this evening. I have only used push rod style steering dampers in the past so this will be interesting. I like it so far (only drove around the block). Time will tell
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I cannot believe I rode this long without the Scotts damper! That thing is awesome! This truly locked in the front wheel at highway speeds! I didn't get much over 70mph but it felt sooooooo much better than before with the TKCs on.
So I am pretty cheap and wanted some larger footpegs so I made my own
i spend 21 weeks at a composite repair school (free for me, compliments of department of homeland security). everything from pre preg every day paneling to layering repairs on rotor blades in the field to radar absorbing repairs using heat blankets and vacuum motors ran off generators out on the ramp. i gotta say yall do some dang nice work for a couple garage school grads. do either of you orient the weave at all? the strongest is 45 the weave each layer till you get your thickness, then 90 the last two layers. other then that, looking good.
To anyone that has removed the low front fender on their GS800.......
If you want to sell it, please PM me.....
Since I run 2x2 twill I usually run the inner and outer layer oriented to the degree or angle I want then I run everything between altering 45° like you mentioned. I am by far just tooling around, Erling actually did this professionally, and is much more knowledgable.