ISO a CF/Kevlar artist

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by meat popsicle, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    I had tried to get a response from BigTwin regarding making some CF/Kevlar tank guards for the KTM 640 Adv like he made for the 950 (read rave reviews for them and the price was great too). Unfortunately he is MIA.

    Is there another person in the forum who makes CF/Kevlar pieces (or even just CF - there are almost no options for the 640 Adv)? Or anyone had experience with shops that do this type of work and... well, what should I look for and what should I expect?

    Thanks for any help :D
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  3. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Ever think about making it yourself?

    I started doing fiberglass when I was roadracing just because I couldn't afford to replace pieces all the time. After a while I got decent at it and tried my hand at carbon fiber. The process is very similair, just different resin and material. Kevlar weave can be done the same way. Although carbon fiber and kevlar are a lot more expensive than fiberglass, you may be suprised at how cheap the material is. Then you'll discover where the money comes in, the labor. It is time consuming but rewarding to have a one off piece. You can use your existing bodywork as a mold, so the hard part is already done. There are plenty of good books on getting started and you'll see that it's not magic. It is addictive, you may find yourself looking around the garage for more ideas on what to "upgrade".
    Not everyone wants to get thier hands dirty, and you will if you try this. Just thought I'd give you another option to consider.
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  4. matey peeps

    matey peeps Bead Buddy

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    I've made small carbon/kevlar pieces and I've thought about making some molds from my tank for guards. Just a matter of getting around to it i guess. :freaky
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  5. meat popsicle

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    Thanks DesertDave, started diggin' and it does sound easy... :D

    http://www.hotrodders.com/t47418.html

    http://www.shopmaninc.com/shortroll.html

    http://www.shopmaninc.com/hybrids.html

    http://www.specialtyshears.com/

    http://www.fibreglast.com/phpBB2/search.php?mode=results

    http://eclecticproducts.com/famowood/ctggc.asp

    With the baby coming any day now, I dunno my project time available anymore :freaky - are you really gonna do this Matey Peeps? I know there are a few here who would buy a set from ya. BigTwin made some CF/Kevlar guards for the 950 (linked above to one of his threads) - I think they were 6 layers and people said they were bombproof. Something like $250 for a set - but the 950 lower tank is simplistic compared to the 640 Adv's. This link has a CF/Kevlar hybrid fabric that is black and orange :evil but I dunno if it is as good as layering straight CF and Kevlar:

    http://www.shopmaninc.com/hybrids.html
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