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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 09-30-2010, 11:07 AM   #51
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Are you gonna wrap the tail you made too? It would look pretty good if the whole thing was carbon wrapped like that.

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the tail is actually going to be made out of carbonf fiber.. no steel. I am just going to use the steel tail to make a mold off of, then make the tail from that. the side covers will be made from Carbon as well. so yes.. it will all be CF and it will get a little pain and some pearl clear.

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I'm thinking of doing this with black fiberglass. It looks like CF, but costs less. I've also come to understand that working with fiberglass is a bit easier then CF. I figure I don't need the benefits of CF in this type of application. Is my thinking correct or am I not on the right track?

Here is a link showing the black fiberglass:

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i personally like the way that CF works, however, fiberglass is usually more forgiving, and is certainly cheaper. i would say go for it! and post pics. i havent seen that black fiberglass... but would like to see more!

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Very good work! I'd love to wrap the bodywork on my bandit in CF, but with all the contours it would be a nightmare, I would be fighting with creases everywhere. Definatly keep it in the arsenal for other bikes though.

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How do you gauge the thickness of the resin so you know when to stop sanding before you hit the carbon? Just play it safe and stop sanding long before you think you'll hit?
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How do you gauge the thickness of the resin so you know when to stop sanding before you hit the carbon? Just play it safe and stop sanding long before you think you'll hit?
I am sanding out all the low spots. and i am using a block to keep it from getting all wavy on me, so in some spot i have started to touch carbon, however, it ist going to hurt it. I am going to be spraying clear-coat over mine, however, if you are concerned about going through and plan on polishing the resin (which is totally feasible) then you would just mix a bit of resin up and smooth it out over it. sort of like liquid bondo

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What type of resin are you using and how much did you use for the tank?

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What type of resin are you using and how much did you use for the tank?
i am using West Systems epoxy. you can get it at most boating stores, and i used about 2 cups? i dont know.. i am not sure. you dont need very much. using 105 resin and 206 hardener it is about $60 for a quart of resin and about a pint of hardener.

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Yes, any info is appreciated! I'm about to order three yards x 50" black fiberglass cloth, hopefully that'll be enough for my tank and tail.

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sorry.... no more progress on my tank. i have been doing a bunch of other composite work...
but i did help another guy fix his SV650 tank. cost about $60

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It is a MUCH prettier tank IMHO... it makes the CBR tank look like a chubby girl.

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So when you say it cost about $60. You mean it cost $60 in materials start to finish or about $60 in CF and resin and expendables for the CF process?

I just so happen to have a new tank that is primed and would be a great candidate for a CF wrap

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