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make your own fairings.

Discussion in 'Modifications and Projects' started by BlueRex, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. Hi

    has anyone made their own fairings. Just wondering if anyone knows of any websites.
    I was wondering how hard it would be to take of the existing fairings and make moulds of them and to then use some kind of hard resin to create a new fairing.

  2. Not done fairings meself but I have played around with grp composites in the past.

    As far as I can see, it wouldn't be technically difficult but is very labour intensive. Probably not worth it unless what you're after really isn't available commercially, in which case, go for it.
  3. It is more of a cost thing, From what i understand a replacement set of fairings will cost well over $1,000
  4. Factory maybe, but have you tried any of the aftermarket suppliers, particularly anyone specialising in "race glass"?
  5. I thought race glass was only for the track...?
  6. "race glass" is a company name also, they make sets designed for racetrack where the seams are in different spots and no headlight holes etc. But they also make cheap replacement road fairings.

    fibreglass is easy to make, but a pr**k to make looking nice.
  7. ok thanks
  8. snowball,

    the fairings on your ZX6R are the fibreglass replacement type.

    They were on the bike when I bought it and I think they look ok, just a bit rough on the inside
  9. No offence, but if you think replacement fairings are expensive, go and price everything up you'll need to build some fairings from scratch.
    Then work out how much 40 hours of your labour is worth if you work for someone.

    Regards, Andrew.
  10. That's right. For one unit, it's astronomically uneconomical to make one from scratch. As well as the fibreglass / resin, you need to apply a gel coat first inside the mould. Fibreglass is not painted (professionally) and this is what the gel coat is - a coat of colour. Expensive materials and process. But I dont know how resourceful you are, so you might be able to work your way around the expensive materials and equipment, and be a genius...like Burt Munro... :grin:
  11. Yeah they look fine just a bit pissed off because the guys i got the roadworthy from chipped a bit of the edge when obviously putting it back on and being my "new" bike and all i was hoping to fix it.
  12. Resourceful i am not haha
  13. Depending on the damage done Selleys Plasti-Bond (Plastic putty) should fill or build upon a chip. I've seen it in BigW, though lots of places prolly have it.
  14. If you want to do repairs, I'd have to suggest an automotive bumper repair shop. Get it welded.
    If you must repair it yourself, grind back teh edges of cracks and use EPOXY resin and woven rovings, not chopped strand mat. The epoxy and rovings are much stronger and more flexible.
    Polyester tends to be very brittle when cured, and chopped strand mat is not compatible with epoxy resins. Epoxies also tend to bond to substrates better.

    Regards, Andrew.
  15. Thanks guys