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Offline Martini

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Fairing replacement on a 1986 Concours
« on: September 16, 2019, 12:39:53 am »
I've been making slow, but steady progress on rebuilding a 1986 Concours that had been left alone for decades in a garage. One issue I've got is that the bike was dropped pretty hard on it's side at one point years ago, which dented the tank and partly shattered the front left and part of the front cowl fairings. The black trim piece was broken off the left fairing and as it stands now, the front fairing lost a decent portion of it's left side too so the reflector isn't really mounted well in there. Since I don't have any of the missing fiberglass I'm not sure I'll be able to accurately rebuild it. For the last couple of months I have been scouring for replacements on eBay, but not getting many results of replacements in good shape.

There is another crazier idea I've contemplated where I'd find the most in-tact fairing I can find, then send it to a company for 3d modeling so it can be 3d printed with a strong, flexible material. Another would be to go old school and make a negative mold to try and make a decent copy of it and make an entirely new fiberglass/carbon fiber replica.

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Re: Fairing replacement on a 1986 Concours
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2019, 01:05:25 am »
You are sure you want to put that much money into it?? I think it's cheaper to buy an old or busted bike with good fairings than to do a 3d modeling.

Why not run it naked?

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Re: Fairing replacement on a 1986 Concours
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2019, 01:10:10 am »
I have never asked my kawa dealer...do they still make new plastics for the bike?

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Re: Fairing replacement on a 1986 Concours
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2019, 03:20:54 am »
It is extremely easy to fix ABS plastic fairing pieces if all the pieces are there . Little harder if not, but not impossible. Best to get ebay pieces cheaply by being patient with your shopping. Also only buy ones with free shipping. If they are complete with just cracks they are repairable. If missing pieces these are moldable usually with a variety of methods.

I make my own patch pieces and glues of melted ABS by acetone. I usually reinforce backside of any repair with thin layer of glass fiber bedded in ABS goo I make with acetone. Others here substitute ABS plumbers glue for acetone.

I learned how from Youtube. The more I do these repairs the better my skill and results become. Just look up ABS plastic repair. It is an art somewhat but very doable.

 ABS slurry ........https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=abs+slurry+recipe

fairing repair..........https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=How+to+fix+motorcycle+fairings+made+of+abs+withslurry+recipe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1XQRMODKeU

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Re: Fairing replacement on a 1986 Concours
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Re: Fairing replacement on a 1986 Concours
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2019, 11:42:15 am »
Or maybe just buy something like this for peanuts!

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/mcy/d/feasterville-trevose-1987-kawasaki/6949668084.html



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Re: Fairing replacement on a 1986 Concours
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2019, 01:37:59 pm »
is that a marketing picture? id be leery.


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Re: Fairing replacement on a 1986 Concours
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2019, 01:43:46 pm »
I used ABS cement that I purchased at Home Depot of Loews.
I suspect not as strong as the ABS Slurry that Lee noted, but has lasted for years on my C-10.

In either case, the paint must be removed from what you are repairing to ensure the ABS Glue bonds with the ABS material.

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Re: Fairing replacement on a 1986 Concours
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2019, 01:57:21 pm »
Or maybe just buy something like this for peanuts!

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/mcy/d/feasterville-trevose-1987-kawasaki/6949668084.html

That pic is post 1993, probably a 2003.

ad says:  'title is misplaced' - be wary.
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Re: Fairing replacement on a 1986 Concours
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2019, 01:59:58 pm »
C10 Concours with problems selling for peanuts is true reality. Usually requires travel though, for me anyway. I have a parts bike now. Will pick up another when one presents close by. Last one picked for a $100 off the vine. Had new tires and professionally rebuilt carbs! Yeah there are deals are to be had.

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Re: Fairing replacement on a 1986 Concours
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2019, 08:21:52 pm »
Or maybe just buy something like this for peanuts!

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/mcy/d/feasterville-trevose-1987-kawasaki/6949668084.html

That pic is post 1993, probably a 2003.

ad says:  'title is misplaced' - be wary.

as soon as I saw that I knew it wasn't a pre 94 model..
rims and forks give it away...

hokey ad.... scam.

if they can't add a picture of the actual machine they have for sale, simply close the webpage... like I did.. or report it to c/l

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Re: Fairing replacement on a 1986 Concours
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2019, 01:59:23 am »
The pic in question is from the cover of a clymers. I’ve been watching that post on Craigslist for a while. Been thinking it was a scam too.
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Re: Fairing replacement on a 1986 Concours
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2019, 02:19:22 am »
I had all the plastics boxed and ready to ship from my 86 I parted out. Guy had to pay shipping and balked at the $100 estimate. Tossed all my c10 stuff and the box out this summer. Didnt mind giving it away but wasnt going to pay anyone to take it.

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Re: Fairing replacement on a 1986 Concours
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2019, 02:47:22 am »
That's a shame. Someone here would have paid $100 in shipping.

I had all the plastics boxed and ready to ship from my 86 I parted out. Guy had to pay shipping and balked at the $100 estimate. Tossed all my c10 stuff and the box out this summer. Didnt mind giving it away but wasnt going to pay anyone to take it.

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