Senior Moment and ABS Solvent Cement


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Senior Moment and ABS Solvent Cement

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While working on my trike, I placed the right side cover in the back seat.............after fixing things, I decided to go for a ride.......you've probably already guested it, I forgot about the side cover in the rear seat............a short way down the street I heard the sound of the cover flying out of the back seat and of all the places to land it managed to fly up and away and back down under the right rear tire..........where I promptly ran over it before I even realized what was going on.

I've read a number of articles about the wonder of ABS solvent cement and now I am a true believer and encourage everyone to get their own can, just in case you too may have a senior moment. I'm really impressed with the strength of the repair, the cement itself when spread thickly on the damaged area seems to work without any reinforcement............but not to take any chances, I purchased a piece of ABS from Amazon and cut some strips to lay in the cracked areas. Without a forum like this I would not have had a clue on how to fix this properly..........great to have such a large repository of great information.........pray for the continued good health of WingAdmin.

On a side note........I'm going to start using a hook to remove the side covers rather than pulling on them with my fingers.....works a whole lot better and not so much distortion on the side cover...........I always cringe like I'm going to bust off a post



This really worked nice for sanding off the paint and preparing the area for cement


Crack in side cover, one vertically and another horizontally


Another view of crack


Repaired this area with cement only


Reinforcement strips of ABS sheet 1/8" thick laid on crack and covered
in ABS cement, I was generous with the cement


Repaired side cover, I also repaired a broken cover post while I was at it.
I also checked the center to center on the post and it did not match my
trike body hole centers, off by 1/2", probably why post broke in the first place.


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Re: Senior Moment and ABS Solvent Cement

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ABS glue works wonders on ABS.
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This would have been a good time to embed a metal loop into the cement, which can be used to attach a retaining cable onto.
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I will be doing that now that I know how easy it is to glue something to the cover..............thanks
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Great repair job, and you're right, repairing it with ABS pieces and cement like that will make for an extremely strong repair!
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I had one of those mounting tittie things break off the sidecover.
I reinstalled it with ABS cement.
It's been months.
So far, so good.
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That crack, OUCH!
Makes me want to add some ABS slurry thickness on the back before it cracks. :shock:
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I use a similar product inside my trunk. Some cracks coming from the holes for the carrier. Works great and not noticeable cuz it's on the black inside. Good work okie2ee.
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Two summers ago, I tipped over while riding on dirt with sand washed across it. I had gotten through 5 of the sandy areas but #6 was my undoing. I ended up scrapping and cracking parts, mainly breaking the lower cowling. I have looked for replacements but they aren't the right color and incredibly expensive.

Then I saw the article on repairing. I used to do it on my 1100s with mesh screen and a solvent and did numerous repairs but this way looks way better and I am just waiting to get a garage again so I can take it apart and repair it. I haven't checked the braces underneath the lower cowling but I am hoping they made it through unscathed or in a repairable mode. I already bought everything I need to do it. I have all the tools, just need that darn work area!

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I had kind of the same happen to me. I changed the oil, and drove off to fuel up and heard what sounded like something fly off. I thought it might be one of the covers I popped off to change the filter. I stopped and checked and it was still in place. Got home and found the left fender cover had come off. I retraced my route and could not find it. So, I guess I’ll have to keep looking on eBay for a gold replacement.
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echinus1988 wrote: Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:46 pm Two summers ago, I tipped over while riding on dirt with sand washed across it. I had gotten through 5 of the sandy areas but #6 was my undoing. I ended up scrapping and cracking parts, mainly breaking the lower cowling. I have looked for replacements but they aren't the right color and incredibly expensive.

Then I saw the article on repairing. I used to do it on my 1100s with mesh screen and a solvent and did numerous repairs but this way looks way better and I am just waiting to get a garage again so I can take it apart and repair it. I haven't checked the braces underneath the lower cowling but I am hoping they made it through unscathed or in a repairable mode. I already bought everything I need to do it. I have all the tools, just need that darn work area!

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Best of luck. Keep us posted.
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fcanary wrote: Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:59 pm I had kind of the same happen to me. I changed the oil, and drove off to fuel up and heard what sounded like something fly off. I thought it might be one of the covers I popped off to change the filter. I stopped and checked and it was still in place. Got home and found the left fender cover had come off. I retraced my route and could not find it. So, I guess I’ll have to keep looking on eBay for a gold replacement.
That really sucks. Hope you find one.
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fcanary wrote: Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:59 pm I had kind of the same happen to me. I changed the oil, and drove off to fuel up and heard what sounded like something fly off. I thought it might be one of the covers I popped off to change the filter. I stopped and checked and it was still in place. Got home and found the left fender cover had come off. I retraced my route and could not find it. So, I guess I’ll have to keep looking on eBay for a gold replacement.
Ever since I first heard of these popping off & the replacement cost went SKY-HIGH, I put a 3 inch-ish piece of electrical tape on the rear seam.
Can't see it unless you turn sharply. First time I used clear packing tape, was a BEAR to remove.


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FM-USA wrote: Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:01 am
fcanary wrote: Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:59 pm I had kind of the same happen to me. I changed the oil, and drove off to fuel up and heard what sounded like something fly off. I thought it might be one of the covers I popped off to change the filter. I stopped and checked and it was still in place. Got home and found the left fender cover had come off. I retraced my route and could not find it. So, I guess I’ll have to keep looking on eBay for a gold replacement.
Ever since I first heard of these popping off & the replacement cost went SKY-HIGH, I put a 3 inch-ish piece of electrical tape on the rear seam.
Can't see it unless you turn sharply. First time I used clear packing tape, was a BEAR to remove.

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Good idea. I have never thought about losing one. Each time I have taken one off, I have kinda fought with it getting it off, so never think it will come loose.
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Wildwilly018 wrote: Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:13 am Good idea. I have never thought about losing one. Each time I have taken one off, I have kinda fought with it getting it off, so never think it will come loose.
Ya, I said the same thing until one time I inserted it, didn't feel right, pulled it off VERY EASILY and noticed the rubber grommet was pushed inside ready to fall out. That convinced me to do something more. Hence TAPE.
Since then I use Silicone Brake Grease to insert that covers pin, tape is the backup. I've since found near color matched tape. ;)
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FM-USA wrote: Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:11 am
Wildwilly018 wrote: Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:13 am Good idea. I have never thought about losing one. Each time I have taken one off, I have kinda fought with it getting it off, so never think it will come loose.
Ya, I said the same thing until one time I inserted it, didn't feel right, pulled it off VERY EASILY and noticed the rubber grommet was pushed inside ready to fall out. That convinced me to do something more. Hence TAPE.
Since then I use Silicone Brake Grease to insert that covers pin, tape is the backup. I've since found near color matched tape. ;)
Yes some of the grommets can be difficult. I find the ones on the front lower cover behind the front tire to be the difficult ones. If you know the piece I am referring to.


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