How to make your own Carbon Fiber fairing....

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by ebrabaek, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    Ok......So I started a little early......:D:D.......But I was going back and forth about making a dashboard to mount the instruments in......or make a new sub frame to host said instruments.... My goal is to move them 1 1/2 inch to the right. They are not centered....for my taste......he-he. My current setup with the gps could move a little to the right..... I`d like to keep it like this.....imho....a more oem look.....and less rattle and vibes for the gps.....
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    Right now I think it`l be too much trouble to re-make the sub frame in CF.... I did`nt realize it went way down along the sides......arrrrgggg. So I decided to make a CF plate that raises the cluster about 1 inch towards the rider......and moves it 1 1/2 inch to the right......
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    Soooooo while it is hardening over night.......I will think up some designs.....methinks....:1drink. In the am.....off to hobbylobby for the foam, and I just realized I need more CF fabric. Ohhhhh....well.....One thing at a time......Until then.......
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  2. Hedge36

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  3. gregneedham

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  4. CrazyMike

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    Time for another one from ebrabraek!
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  5. jaycommando

    jaycommando Been here awhile

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    This bike is gonna have more carbon fibre than a bugatti veyron! Whike your at it E why not add another power socket to use for your GPS if it's not. Hard wired?
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  6. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    Nahhhhhhhh....... My " Darth Vador" is the CF beast......the 8gs will just have a few here and there....:D:D The Gps is in fact wired back again to the underside of the plug.......and the plug itself is now switched.....red one is for the outlet.......green one for future use.....
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  7. Keystone

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    Did you make the CF panel by using the original to make a mold from which you made the panel? I've often thought that particular panel would be a good project to get started in composites with.

    Where did you source the switches? I've been trying to find waterproof lit switches that didn't cost $10 or more a piece. Between a custom panel and nice switches I could make the 800GS look like it ate a 747 cockpit. :evil
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  8. ebrabaek

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    Yeppers..... Made from the original piece.......Here is the build.....

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=603891

    This is where I got the switches.....

    http://shop.vetcosurplus.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=114_121_360_362&products_id=8804

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  9. ebrabaek

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    Bummer..... Hobby lobby are out of foam until Thursday....grrrrr.....
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    Wish there was some better place to source foam.... I'm now starting my own project inspired by your threads. First thing I did was hit an ABQ Hobby Lobby for styrofoam, but their prices are nuts!! It would have cost me like $100 for the amount I needed! New plan is to hack up a couple old Omaha Steak coolers I've had for years. Moments like this justify being a packrat. :D
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  13. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    :eek1:eek1......Good grief....what are you making....Beside luggage....:D:D... Yeppers..... I think they are around $5 a sheet......for the 1/2 inch. It is way overpriced. Trouble with ordering online......well.....polystyrene foam+ups= stuff for your bean bag. Sorry...But I don`t know where else to get it. By the way...the ride days are oct.8-10. I got room at the high country lodge. Dean Jones ( bmw abq) is the organizer.......Could be fun.
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    space a.k.a. Jake

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  16. ebrabaek

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    Yeppers.......
    http://www.homedepot.com/Building-Materials-Insulation-Sheathings/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xi1Zbaxx/R-100320356/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

    I might just pilfer the van, and go get sheet......That would look too funny on the bike.....
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  17. ebrabaek

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    Soooo......While awaiting the foam arrival...I am almost finished with the cluster panel. I had to stiffen it a little.....I hate when things vibrate.......For those of you that have read my prior CF threads....you know what it is..... For the newcommers..... A strip of cardboard......with two layers of CF on top.....Held in place with the clamps......
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    I then covered the gps with parafilm....( release agent) and lay`ed up 3 layers of CF cloth...... I stuffed the indentations with fiberladden epoxy......
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    This is now a very strong cradle for the garmin....... It is now being bonded to the dash board panel.......
    Until then......:thumb:thumb

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  18. ebrabaek

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    Finished the dashboard........And Personally I like it a lot. It brought it just about center......and with it raised one inch as well......I don`t feel like I look through risers...handlebar...etc anymore. ( mind you I`m 6`2" 35 inseam). Plus It looks oem and nice .......imho....
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    Turned out very cool. Shouldn't have doubted you. Now where's the tail tidy?!:freaky
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  20. ebrabaek

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    :rofl:rofl.........This was only the beginning......Sort of a sub-project...:D....Now the bigger part begins. Tail tidy..... I`m fraid it`l be a while........I think you should give it a world.......:clap:clap.
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