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I finally got around to starting the fit-up of the Airtech panels. What a PITA! Stuff doesn't line up, differences from one side to the other, etc. I've learned that spending the time to hunt down decent OEM stuff (if it exists) would have been the way to go. At least the fiberglass is fairly easy to work with (drill, shave, etc.). I must have put in about 5 hours just getting the windscreen holes marked and drilled. Man, I hope I never have to go through that nightmare again!
I'm still trying to figure out how to clear the oil cooler.


[ 01-26-2003, 11:24 AM: Message edited by: 771Doug ]
 

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You Think AirTech sucks when trying to Fit It?
Shit Dat's Da' Easy Part!!!


Wait Till You paint It,and You start noticing all the stress Cracks!!!!!
Most of Them You'll find when Your Done!And The Pits...Oh My!!You can fill them but more will come!
It's Like spitting in Da' Sea!


Well,happy Ventures,and dont handle Them too much!They hate being touched...very Fragile!
Oh Yeah-->But,Lite!
 

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Regarding stress fractures, I've found that by epoxying metal washers, which surround the grommet (or just the fastener shaft, if a grommet isn't used) to the backsides of most body panels, regardless of their materials, stress fractures can be stopped from happenning in the first place, and stopped from getting worse if you go this route after a fracture has occured.
 

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Originally posted by GSXR1255JIMMY:
GET that stuff gelcoated that is the only way to get rid of the little cracks & dimples

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<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Sure Just Get Them Gel Coated!!!!

Right Down Da'Block!!
 

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The Gel Coat that AirTech uses is what causes the stress cracks. Sharkskins and some of the others don't use a gel coat so no stress cracks. Gel Coat is a layer of resin sprayed in prior to the mat being layed down, at a 1/16th of an inch and no mat to strengthen it just average flexing cracks it. Gel coating is great for boats and other galss that is heavy enough tat it does not flex much, just not on somthing as light as our bike parts.
 

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Your Right about That!

I hate Working with Their stuff!
 

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Well now you understand why i recommended not running airtech on street bikes.............

Mine are stressed cracked in areas on the GSXR race bike, TONS of time to get the pieces flat for paint..... Never again for me

On a side note the Blue bike uses custom FRP bodywork on the whole bike, and the tail on the GSXR is custom FRP, and thier quality is TOP NOTCH and NO stress cracks in either bike on those parts.....

[ 01-27-2003, 07:20 AM: Message edited by: gsxr12161216 ]
 

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Originally posted by GSXR1255JIMMY:
gsxr12161216 do you have a web address for FRP ??

thanks in advance
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<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Custom FRP is no longer around if i remember right. I beleive (may be wrong) that Beasly fiberglass bought them out???
 

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NO web site for BEASLEY but you can call them 1 800 745 5886.I did and the prices were cheaper than airtech.I plan on oredering my parts next month so if you do not buy any before than I will let you know what I think when I get them.
 

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I made the initial cuts, tonight. This is why I had to move the battery under the tank. This piece is definitely better than the others.




[ 01-31-2003, 07:31 PM: Message edited by: 771Doug ]
 
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