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Post by roadwanderer2 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:36 am



WA9FWT wrote:
roadwanderer2 wrote:will this also work on repairing stress cracks on the right lower fairings, say where the radio goes? i have a couple of stress cracks on my fairing on the right lower side opposite side of the radio and every time i hit a bump i can see the crack in the fairing move wider. pic below is where the crack in the fairing is. i tried using rubber sealant, but it just keeps getting worse.

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Stuart, I would say it should work with out any problems. How ever, make sure you read all the posts on this subject to get the ins & outs too using ABS cement. I would experiment with some old pc's first too see just how that cement acts. But I think after you understand
how well it works, you will be satisfied. Go for it !

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yeah, im gonna have to try it and see how it turns out, then use it on the fairing. im sure it will work. thanks.

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:45 am

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djchopperd wrote:Well, I have successfully repaired cracks in my trunk using this method and it worked flawlessly. It was actually quite easy to do. Thanks for all the tips. And no, I made it very smooth so I did not need to sand it. And it was inside so I did not bother painting it either.

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I just repaired a developing crack in my GL1500's key bridge using this same method - two pieces of ABS and some cement, on the back side where they can't be seen. A flawless, strong repair that can't even be seen from the front.
wingadmin, is this the ABS cement your talking about?....http://www.lowes.com/pd_68640-138-30900 ... d=50237377

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Re: How to add a trunk rack to your bike

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roadwanderer2 wrote:will this also work on repairing stress cracks on the right lower fairings, say where the radio goes? i have a couple of stress cracks on my fairing on the right lower side opposite side of the radio and every time i hit a bump i can see the crack in the fairing move wider. pic below is where the crack in the fairing is. i tried using rubber sealant, but it just keeps getting worse.

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Absolutely. As mentioned, I'd practice on some scrap pieces - but I keep a stock handy of pieces of ABS plastic that I use to fix cracks in bike bodywork. I'll coat the back side in ABS (scrape paint off first if there is any), put the ABS "patch" over top, then clamp it in place until it cures. The repair is usually stronger than the original piece.

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roadwanderer2 wrote:will this also work on repairing stress cracks on the right lower fairings, say where the radio goes? i have a couple of stress cracks on my fairing on the right lower side opposite side of the radio and every time i hit a bump i can see the crack in the fairing move wider. pic below is where the crack in the fairing is. i tried using rubber sealant, but it just keeps getting worse.

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Absolutely. As mentioned, I'd practice on some scrap pieces - but I keep a stock handy of pieces of ABS plastic that I use to fix cracks in bike bodywork. I'll coat the back side in ABS (scrape paint off first if there is any), put the ABS "patch" over top, then clamp it in place until it cures. The repair is usually stronger than the original piece.
great, thanks, i went to Lowe's and bought the cement and now i'll make the patch. i think i have a few pieces of ABS laying around that i can use.

thanks again,

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Re: How to add a trunk rack to your bike

Post by roadwanderer2 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:04 pm

well, as i was trying to fix the crack in my fairing, i found out why it cracked. every nut and bolt that holds the fairing on to the fairing mounting brackets were loose and one nut was missing off the right side where it bolts thru the upper mounting bracket. fortunately i have some spare nuts and bolts that fit it, so i put in a new nut bolt and lock washer and tightened up all the others. now the fairing doesn't move and maybe this crack will seal once i get the cement to dry and hold and if it don't, i'll have to get another section of fairing, cut the bottom right side out and make a new section and cement it over the broken section.

maybe i can find one from a wrecked g/w on here from someone that's willing to cut the entire lower right side out or at my friends motorcycle salvage yard or on eBay or craigslist.

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:08 pm

hey wingadmin, i have one more question about this ABS cement. once its hardened, is it sandable to get a smooth finish? i cant find anywhere on the container where it says its sandable and can be painted over.

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Re: How to add a trunk rack to your bike

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roadwanderer2 wrote:hey wingadmin, i have one more question about this ABS cement. once its hardened, is it sandable to get a smooth finish? i cant find anywhere on the container where it says its sandable and can be painted over.

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Once it has cured, it's pretty much ABS plastic itself, perhaps a bit harder (because of the resin), so yes, you can sand it.

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Re: How to add a trunk rack to your bike

Post by roadwanderer2 » Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:08 am

cool. after i sand it down i'll be able to smooth it out and paint it so it wont look so bad.

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Re: How to add a trunk rack to your bike

Post by WA9FWT » Thu Jun 11, 2015 1:38 pm

roadwanderer2 wrote:cool. after i sand it down i'll be able to smooth it out and paint it so it wont look so bad.

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Let us know how it goes.Maybe send pictures.I would like too see it !

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i can do that :).

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Re: How to add a trunk rack to your bike

Post by duncan99 » Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:59 pm

hondageorge wrote:Is ABS going to be difficult or impossible to find soon?
Short answer: no, but maybe not from your hardware store.

Long answer:

ABS may not be as easy to find in a hardware store now, but it's not going away. Turns out it's used as raw material for 3D printers. Here's a site that sells it both as filament and pellets: http://3dprinterstuff.com/ I have never ordered from them and don't know them, just passing along what I found. I haven't looked online for pipe or sheets yet, but I think it's safe to say ABS will still be available.

I'm happy to have found this thread. The information is great! I started looking for ideas after punching a big hole in the side of my trunk yesterday (put a flashlight in, it got shoved end-first against the side somehow, next thing I know there's a hole and I only have about half of the piece that cracked out). I will check the local plumber supply for pipe, but if I can't find any I might grind / shave pellets to make the slurry and fill this hole. Maybe I'll get lucky and find the other piece, but if not I think this info will help me solve the problem anyway.

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Re: How to add a trunk rack to your bike

Post by thomba » Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:28 am

I have found lots of items that are made with ABS plastic. For example, computer cases, computer printer cases, Linksys router case. I've taken these items, cut into small pieces with side cutter pliers and dropped into a jar of MEK. Stir occasionally to assist in the dissolving. Add plastic until the desired consistency is obtained. You'll find the items in all different colors. On the inside of these cases you are likely to find a recycle symbol along with the letters "ABS".
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Re: How to add a trunk rack to your bike

Post by WA9FWT » Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:47 am

thomba wrote:I have found lots of items that are made with ABS plastic. For example, computer cases, computer printer cases, Linksys router case. I've taken these items, cut into small pieces with side cutter pliers and dropped into a jar of MEK. Stir occasionally to assist in the dissolving. Add plastic until the desired consistency is obtained. You'll find the items in all different colors. On the inside of these cases you are likely to find a recycle symbol along with the letters "ABS".
Never thought of using a different color then black, to make new repairs. I will have to give that a try when needed.I will have to scout around for colored " ABS " material.Thanks for the tip :)

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Re: How to add a trunk rack to your bike

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:08 am

I take my ABS scraps (plumbing pipe especially) and drill holes all over them using a large, sharp bit in my drill press. This carves out paper-thin spirals of ABS which dissolve VERY quickly and completely.

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Post by WA9FWT » Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:55 am

WingAdmin wrote:I take my ABS scraps (plumbing pipe especially) and drill holes all over them using a large, sharp bit in my drill press. This carves out paper-thin spirals of ABS which dissolve VERY quickly and completely.
Great Idea Scott....As any body used "J-B Weld on ABS ? J-B Weld Original Cold-Weld Formula steel Reinforced Epoxy
I used this Epoxy on a reflector that was coming loose on the rear of my frame. After the next day , you would think I welded it to the frame. I have used that stuff on metal several times,and it amazes me every time I use it " it works "

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Re: How to add a trunk rack to your bike

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:37 am

WA9FWT wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:I take my ABS scraps (plumbing pipe especially) and drill holes all over them using a large, sharp bit in my drill press. This carves out paper-thin spirals of ABS which dissolve VERY quickly and completely.
Great Idea Scott....As any body used "J-B Weld on ABS ? J-B Weld Original Cold-Weld Formula steel Reinforced Epoxy
I used this Epoxy on a reflector that was coming loose on the rear of my frame. After the next day , you would think I welded it to the frame. I have used that stuff on metal several times,and it amazes me every time I use it " it works "

WA9FWT Phil
The problem with using J-B Weld on ABS is that it is not ABS. It can bond to ABS, but when it and the ABS change temperature, they expand and contract at different rates, which can eventually pull it loose. As well, cured J-B Weld is extremely hard and stiff, while ABS is relatively soft and flexible. While the ABS panel may easily flex and bend, the J-B Weld will not, which can break the bond and cause it to come loose.

I have used J-B Weld on ABS, but I used it where the bond was more mechanical (to existing ABS structure) than a chemical bond. Most of the time I'll just use more ABS. For instance, for a broken tab, I will cut a piece of ABS to fit, bond it in place with ABS slurry, then once that has cured, go over and do a second layer of slurry to reinforce it and prevent it from breaking again in future.

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Re: How to add a trunk rack to your bike

Post by CaNorseman » Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:52 pm

I see all sizes and shapes of abs plastic for sale on Amazon

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Post by OldZX11Rider » Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:26 pm

Learn something new everyday. Now I think I can fix the air filter box on my old Dodge truck. Thanks for the info.

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