Broken sidecover retainers


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Broken sidecover retainers

Postby dan1951 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:29 pm



Hi everyone, Does anyone have a good solution for not braking the sidecover tabs off during removal, I have tried everything from lubraplate to graphite. I live on a unpaved road which does not help and have changed the grommets yearly, But I still help keep J.B. Weld in bussiness, Running out of places to glue, Thanks in Advance.



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Re: Broken sidecover retainers

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:10 pm

Part of the problem could be your use of JB Weld. Yes it works great for a lot of things, but it doesn't bond all that well to ABS, which is what the plastic is made of. The best way to "glue" them back in place is to use ABS cement (look in your plumbing section). It will chemically melt the ABS, so that instead of gluing the pieces together using a third substance, it chemically melts them back together, so that it is a single piece of plastic again. Much stronger than any glue or epoxy you could use. Just make sure it's held in place until it is fully cured again.

I put a bit of Armor All on my grommets - it makes them slippery enough to let the plastic pegs slide in and out of the grommets without breaking, but lets them hold securely in place to prevent loss of the covers.

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Re: Broken sidecover retainers

Postby dan1951 » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:57 am

Cleaned off most of the J.B. product with a dremel, I could not find ABS cement at the local hardware store they said that P.V.C. primer & glue would probally work, Should I use this? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Broken sidecover retainers

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:27 am

A lot of hardware stores now carry combination PVC and ABS cement - it comes in a can with a brush in the cap, and will work if the ABS-only cement is not available. It's used to bond plastic plumbing pipes together, so will be in the plumbing section.

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Re: Broken sidecover retainers

Postby dan1951 » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:13 pm

Your picture of the can helped out greatly, Found the stuff at another store, Tried it out works great! I can,t thank You enough. Your the Man.

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Re: Broken sidecover retainers

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:31 pm

Good to hear it. Give it a good 24 hours to fully cure before putting stress on it.

You can also make "repair" slurry with that stuff. Buy a small piece of black ABS sewer pipe, then take a rasp or grater to it, and make a pile of ABS shavings. Mix in some ABS cement until you get a thick slurry. If it gets too thick, just add more cement. You can then put a bit of ABS cement on the target piece to be repaired, add the slurry and work it in. Once it cures, the slurry will become ABS plastic, actually a part of where you applied it (not just bonded to it). It's a great way to fix and reinforce cracks in ABS plastic on our bikes. I've used it to fill a hole drilled in my fairing.




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