T_Birdman's '93 after-accident repairs


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T_birdman
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Location: Arcadia, CA
Motorcycle: 1975 GL1000 (gave to a friend)
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1999 GL1500A (Burned)
1993 GL1500A (Red Recently in Accident))

Re: T_Birdman's '93 after-accident repairs

Post by T_birdman » Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:04 am



So just as a reference, this is my working area at the moment...


My garage was burned in October 2018, and thanks to the "Regulation Nation of California", I'm still waiting on permits to demolish the burned garage and start construction of the new and improved Birdman Garage sanctuary. But in the meantime I'm out in the heat of the day doing what needs to be done!

So I've replaced the cruise and Sub filters while everything is exposed,




and replaced the Air filter with K&N reusable Gauze filter.





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Location: Arcadia, CA
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1985 GL1200A (Burned)
1999 GL1500A (Burned)
1993 GL1500A (Red Recently in Accident))

Re: T_Birdman's '93 after-accident repairs

Post by T_birdman » Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:41 am

So I'll focus for the moment on the R side shelter cover with the cracks and broken mounting tabs.


Broken and pushed in, I got them re-aligned, glued and reinforced




Next was to re-do the broken top mounting tabs that secure under the right side fairing pocket. I bought 2 12x12x 1/16th thick ABS sheets and 1 12x12x 1/8th sheet on Amazon. They came in handy for quite a few areas that needed repair, but for the broken tabs it was essential. I cut a piece wide enough to mate up underneath the shelter and used my heat gun to make it pliable enough to bend and conform to the shelter cover as seen below.


Once it looked right, I scuffed up both areas to be joined and again used a 2 part ABS epoxy to fuse them together, and once cured, trimmed it down to fit into the mounting area of the fairing. I also fused the broken off tabs in place as a reference to align it with the holes below.


So now it has a solid footing where it mounts on top, and the repair is covered up by the fairing pocket!


Hope that helps others, because I've seen those same broken tabs on many other bikes and thought long and hard on a good long term fix! Here is a pic of some of the ABS sheets I used.



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T_birdman
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Location: Arcadia, CA
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1981 GL1100I (Blew up engine @ 231K Mi./ My fault)
1985 GL1200A (Burned)
1999 GL1500A (Burned)
1993 GL1500A (Red Recently in Accident))

Re: T_Birdman's '93 after-accident repairs

Post by T_birdman » Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:21 am

Here is a little project that I took on while waiting for parts delivery and glues to dry. Because I removed the factory stereo and the CB unit the left side shelter housing had a vacant hole above the vent. So I measured it out and cut a piece of 1/8th ABS sheet, trimmed it to fit behind the hole.


I also cut a piece of the 1/16th sheet to fit in the hole and epoxied them together so the back piece would hold it in place behind the cover, and the other piece would fill the hole.




A third piece was cut to fill the outside recessed area to make a "Sandwich" that I could drill to fit whatever I see fit to put in the space for example an auxiliary 12 volt socket, or cigar lighter, or USB outlet, but the item would have to have a threaded back with a nut to secure all 3 sheets together.




I haven't decided what will go in the new vacant space in the shelter, but I have time to figure that out as well. Hope that helps someone!

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Re: T_Birdman's '93 after-accident repairs

Post by pidjones » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:14 am

An idea to throw in here: I went to my local Honda service writer and asked if they could save me a box of take off pieces from a wreck repair. I now have on hand enough ABS (from a 2012+ 'wing!) to do me for a looong time. I use ABS plumbing cement to glue it, and a cheap multi-tool from Harbor Freight to cut pieces out. The pieces include several different molded tabs, to boot.

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1985 GL1200A (Burned)
1999 GL1500A (Burned)
1993 GL1500A (Red Recently in Accident))

Re: T_Birdman's '93 after-accident repairs

Post by T_birdman » Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:47 pm

I have to say thanks again to AZgl1800 and DenverWinger for their kind assistance with my carb issue, I might have shelved the 93 til later if not for you guys! :D

Now that I don't have to worry about that, next I have to play with the speedo cable because with my left "Trigger thumb" won't allow me to get my hand behind the instrument panel to reconnect the cable. I'll disconnect it at the front wheel so it has more play up behind the panel. Then an "Idiot check" of everything inside or involved with the fairing so I can button up that area and move on to other things. I also need to remove both saddlebags to do the repairs on the left bag lid and swap out the turn signal flasher relay on the right side to utilize LED turn signals.

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1985 GL1200A (Burned)
1999 GL1500A (Burned)
1993 GL1500A (Red Recently in Accident))

Re: T_Birdman's '93 after-accident repairs

Post by T_birdman » Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:55 am

So just a heads up to anyone interested, all my project vehicles are on temporary hold because construction on my new & improved garage is well underway!! Completion scheduled for mid September. However I also have shoulder surgery scheduled for the end of August so things will be slow for awhile. But anticipation for the garage is high! :D



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Re: T_Birdman's '93 after-accident repairs

Post by Big Blue UK » Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:05 pm

Liking it a lot matey. :)
If at first you don't succeed, hide the evidence.

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T_birdman
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1999 GL1500A (Burned)
1993 GL1500A (Red Recently in Accident))

Re: T_Birdman's '93 after-accident repairs

Post by T_birdman » Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:56 pm

Big Blue UK wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:05 pm
Liking it a lot matey. :)
Thanks bro! Old garage was 18 wide x 20 long with 8' walls.
New garage will be 18 wide x 39 long with 13.5' walls, tall enough for a new 4 post car lift and a motorcycle lift.

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Re: T_Birdman's '93 after-accident repairs

Post by bluthundr31 » Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:20 pm

Good to hear things are going well T_Birdmans '93. And I'll be praying for a quick recovery to that shoulder m'friend.



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