One for rt/rs owners

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by airhead bob, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. airhead bob

    airhead bob Adventurer

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    the metal threaded insert in one of the main fairing attachment points is missing from my rt
    fairing. In particular the one just under the left side of the dashboard.

    Has anybody done a repair of one of these attachment points.

    The parts fich does'nt show a threaded insert as an replacement part.
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  2. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    It's probably a brass insert that was cast in during the manufacturing process, so of course it wouldn't be something BMW would sell. It's possible a hardware store, Grainger or McMaster Carr would have something similar. Or you might try sourcing one from a junk fairing.

    Once you have one in hand, clean the area very well and excavate down to virgin plastic. Epoxy the new one in.
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  3. ME 109

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    Maybe try a helicoil, epoxied in place.
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  4. georgesgiralt

    georgesgiralt Been here awhile

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    Hello !
    If you go to a hardware store, buy an insert with the outer part with ridges. Not purely cylindrical. People making wood cabinets have things like that.
    This will help the epoxy glue prevent it turning when inserting the male screw. Have a close look to see if the fairing is not cracked around the insert....
    Use a slow curing epoxy and take great care to avoid getting epoxy inside the insert. Do not ask why I tell you this...
    Although BMW says their fairing are impossible to repair, I've found that using marine grade glass mat and epoxy make perfect repairs.
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  5. TINK

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  6. airhead bob

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    Thank you all for replies and materials recomendations.
    those dubro inserts look like a good way to go , the aggressive lugs should hold well in the epoxy.
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  7. DaveBall

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    I have had to repair a few of these over the 30+ years of riding RTs. I first used some oddball inserts I picked up somewhere and just epoxied them in. They worked, but eventually failed again. Once I found the Dubro ones, and used epoxy and some marine fiberglass mat, they now seem to last a whole lot longer. On my present bike, I had the fairing off a few years ago and used a little grinder to rough up around each mount and epoxied and glass matted each one. I be they will out last me now.
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  8. Humboldt Airhead

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    My RS fairing has the boss broken off below the cylinder and the other is cracked. Can anyone recomend what epoxy to use to glue the broken one on? I have a marine grade 2 part epoxy but it is a putty type and I was thinking of a more liquid one to penetrate into the cracks then use the one I have to go over the outside of the boss to build it up.
    Thanks for any help. :ear
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  9. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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  10. oldroadie

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    The West System products are very good and I've used their stuff to build a couple of wooden boats. That said, you'll find the epoxy sold at hardware stores, i.e. 5 Ton Epoxy, to be the same and a lot more manageable for small repairs. I'd consider adding some fibre glass cloth to strengthen the repair, too. BTW, it's so much easier to paint on a coat of epoxy and lay the cloth over then saturate...it keeps the cloth or matting from distorting.
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