Questions on adding fiberglass to bags/fender...

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Bill

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Looks like I am going to have to grow some balls and do some fiberglass work on my fender and saddlebags.

Few questions for those who know...

#1- Have any good resources for a "how to" guide???

#2- How thick can you lay fiberglass? I mean layer, over layer, over layer etc...

#3- Can this now solid form be sanded and shaped easily?

#4- If I need it to be 1" thick should I do it all at once or a little at a time letting it dry between layers?

Absolutely terrified of trying this on my own without someone at least showing me the ropes but I don't really have a choice... I need to add some material to the side of my fender and completely reshape the exhaust cutouts on my bags.
 

Bill

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Thought about that but I could never get the shape right without having the bike to check fitment.

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Bill

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Could take the parts to a body guy and take the easy way out lol


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Thought about that but I could never get the shape right without having the bike to check fitment.

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Bill

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It's got both wheels right? Roll that bitch there :p




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True, true... Maybe I need to forget about the bags and work on the suspension so I can roll it...

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Bill

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You figure out paint? Mono or tattoo


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Pretty sure I am going mono with the Dodge Superbee Blue. I'll add graphics later if I don't like it.

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Opunui

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I sent you a step by step. I don't know what more I can do besides do it for you. If you need references on my skils or pics please ask. I have plenty. It really isn't hard. Good luck.
 

Crazy Beaver

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Bill like slothy said, once you get it rolling you could bring the whole bike and your exhaust and we can glass it then cut to fit how you would like.
 

Opunui

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Looks like I am going to have to grow some balls and do some fiberglass work on my fender and saddlebags.

Few questions for those who know...

#1- Have any good resources for a "how to" guide???

#2- How thick can you lay fiberglass? I mean layer, over layer, over layer etc...

#3- Can this now solid form be sanded and shaped easily?

#4- If I need it to be 1" thick should I do it all at once or a little at a time letting it dry between layers?

Absolutely terrified of trying this on my own without someone at least showing me the ropes but I don't really have a choice... I need to add some material to the side of my fender and completely reshape the exhaust cutouts on my bags.

2). If you set up with high dense foam you can use any thickness. It comes in sheets.the idea would be to plug the existing opening.then template the fender radius,use that template to cut out your bags.or if you do it by layer then mat- wovene- mat would be strong.
3). Yes sanded and shaped very easily.
4). Refer to 2
 

traveler

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Okay, let me help a bit:

First off...you will not do anything can cannot be undone, so RELAX

What you want to do is mount your exhasut the way you want it.

then...you want to mount everything up.

Once you have, if any material needs to be removed ....do so, then re-install.

What you want to do, is get a bunch of fiberglass mat, and take some scissors and cut a bunch of it up into "chunks". This will be mixed into a big glob of resin, and together, will be used to "glob" a piece in.

Once the pipes are where you want them....wrap them with tape to protect the surface.

Then you will apply the resin/fiberglass chunk "goo" onto the area and work it with you hands (with latex gloves on) into place.

once there, then you have to let it dry.

After it dries, then the "fun" begins.

You want to wear a mask, as fiberglass dust is B.A.D. for you......you will have to sand, sand, sand, to form things to where they need to be. The gaps need to be paid close attention to, as anybody who actualy knows whats going on will notice it.

allow for extra spacing for the painting and bondo that will follow.

Well, that should help get a start. The "EASY" way is to buy Ness stuff and avoid all of this bullshit. SERIOUS. I know...I've said it before, but...well....sorry.

~Joe
 
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