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Old 07-20-2013, 07:08 AM   #16
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I thought you just wanted to change the looks.

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LOL..... Not this time. Ironically, i don't do the CF for the looks. I actually believes that the looks is a benefit, that comes second to the usability..... Not kidding either. I have had many people mocking me over the years, but it is the truth. For me to make anything, it has to be practical, other why it is a no go. Remember the first piece I did on the GS.... the airbox cover. It was not done for looks, as many thought, but to pave the way for the dashboard/usb charger.... I was testing the fender'less setup for a few thousand miles, and was astonished about how little gunk that was thrown up into the rad, until I saw the fan siezed more than once. Then it became a priority. I guess, I am old and stubborn... No wait... just stubborn.....
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:33 PM   #17
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Done.......
As the PB unlocks on July 22 I will post the pictures here.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:32 PM   #18
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so there is room under the airbox cover right, i was thinkin what if you made an airbox cover that has a little door on it that you could press to open and keys and maybe some folded up gloves or a cell phone could go in there? kind of like where the ktm adv's fuses are. just thinking out loud..
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:49 PM   #19
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so there is room under the airbox cover right, i was thinkin what if you made an airbox cover that has a little door on it that you could press to open and keys and maybe some folded up gloves or a cell phone could go in there? kind of like where the ktm adv's fuses are. just thinking out loud..
Yeppers.
That is an option, that I have toy'ed with. I do believe I mentioned that in the build thread. I just have not prioritized digging yet. But that was the final idea. A quite nice on, so as to have access to fuses, as you mentioned, as it is a pain to have to remove the cover, because your trail compressor busted the 3 amp fuse, and you had to install a 5 amp unit...... Dont ask how I know this, and I wasn't even airing up my own bike....LOL.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:55 PM   #20
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It's the 22nd....
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:26 PM   #21
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It's the 22nd....
Sorry.....I am in colorado for a week. Did it not reset.????????
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:37 PM   #22
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I am in colorado until tuesday of next week. As soon as I get back, I will post the pictures. In the mean time, you are stuck with FB.... sorry.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:42 PM   #23
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Just messing with ya. I just figured you'd be reining down photos today. Ha
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:31 PM   #24
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Just messing with ya. I just figured you'd be reining down photos today. Ha
Sorry..... If I could, I would. Instead I will be tortured sitting at 9200 feet, surrounded by 14 thousand footers, as far as the eye can see. Life is rough.....
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:05 PM   #25
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Why don't you go up one? I like Mt. Elbert, it isn't a technical hike and the tallest there.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:00 PM   #26
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Why don't you go up one? I like Mt. Elbert, it isn't a technical hike and the tallest there.
I will...... but on two wheels. Lol. I am not setup for climbing/hiking on this trip.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:36 AM   #27
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Just got back home.

I am sorry for the reverse order here, but I just got back from 8 days of riding in Silverton,CO. As promished, here is how to build it, now when the Photobucket has been reset.

First, as you make anything, it helps out making a proof of concept. It is the first step, where you sort of get your thoughts materialized, and seeing if the idea will work. That is what I did, and in a matter of two hrs work this one was created. There are several ways to do this, but I chose an 8x18 aluminum plate from Home Depot, as a blank. I bend it into shape, with whatever tools I could find, including a ball point hammer. each about 10 minutes, held it up where I wanted to mount it. Here it is with release agent , and ready for CF application.



I used the 1618 epoxy, as it does not require any post heat cure, and stays very flexible, as I knew that "stuff" was going to beat the snot out of it. Last thing I want is a stiff non pliable shield. 3 layers of 6oz 2x2 twill.....



Then next day broke it of the blank.....



Trimmed it.....



Had to trim the plastic just a little to simplify the mount......



Check the alignment.....




Then as this was a proof on concept, just a little sanding, as I never put too much time into those, in case they don't work....



Then I rubbed a few drops of 1618 epoxy on the sanded out side, and cured it in the sun, and mounted it up.....





It worked fantastically. I rode through rain.....hail.....several about 13000 feet dirt mountain passes, and fan never seized, and interestingly one ride in the rain was on hwy 550 at 50 mph in a deluge, and there were no spray out front with out the hugger, thus no need for a longer beak. Perhaps this is not the case at 80 mph, but at 50-60 mph, there were none.
At Engineer pass......



This was the first step. I have now proofed that it will work. I was mostly curious about the mounting, but light weight as it is it held up fine, and after several hundred miles in some very rough terrain, it is still there.

Next is a bit snazzier looking unit as this one does look a little bland...... Stay tuned.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:37 AM   #28
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One of three video's from the rides......
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:03 AM   #29
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Brilliant!
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:41 AM   #30
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Brilliant!
Thank you sir.....
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