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Post by paceyman » 07:52 am May 02 2008

I busted up my front headlight shroud. Both upper supports are off and it ripped up the middle. It's $83 from the dealer and did not find an a/m replacement.

What would you suggest I use to get this back together for a few more rides before I caugh up the dough?

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Post by KarlP » 08:10 am May 02 2008

The most attractive "tough guy" repair uses small zip ties. I'd take a nail, hold it with vice grips, heat the nail with a propane torch and make holes either side of the split. Stitch it together with zip ties.

I think UFO makes an aftermarket replacement that is held on with rubber straps. The rubber straps do let the shroud move on impact rather than shatter.
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Post by Rod Smith » 09:25 am May 02 2008

There is a plastic Welder on the market and Rocky Mountain carries it. It works pretty good but you will still see the crack. $42 plus S &H but it will pay for itself if you use it a few times.




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Post by Mr. Wibbens » 08:47 pm May 02 2008

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KarlP wrote:The most attractive "tough guy" repair uses small zip ties. I'd take a nail, hold it with vice grips, heat the nail with a propane torch and make holes either side of the split. Stitch it together with zip ties.

I think UFO makes an aftermarket replacement that is held on with rubber straps. The rubber straps do let the shroud move on impact rather than shatter.
I like bailing wire and a dremel myself

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Post by 2001kdx » 09:41 pm May 02 2008

Zip-Ty is the way I go :)

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Post by Mr. Wibbens » 09:50 pm May 02 2008

gotta make BIGGER holes for zip ties
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Post by 2001kdx » 10:36 pm May 02 2008

Bigger holes? :shock:

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Post by Mr. Wibbens » 10:45 pm May 02 2008

unless ya got teensy lil zip tyes and those aint worth a crap for strength

bailin wire is way to go :supz:

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Post by paceyman » 05:37 am May 03 2008

I can see where wire or zip ties would work on the split, but not work on the mounts. Time was short since I have a race tomorrow and opted to try Plastic Epoxy. I'll snap some shots and post them after the race and report back.

Thanks for the ideas!!!! :supz:
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Post by skipro3 » 09:19 am May 03 2008

Try a piece of aluminum and pop rivet it to each half. Or, replace the broken off tab with a piece of metal you've shaped for yourself that includes a long enough overlap to pop rivet or bolt on to the main housing.
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Post by Green Hornet » 09:38 am May 03 2008

Look for "Permanent Patch"made by "The Original Super Glue"
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It's a Soft Fiberglass Patch Kit, that you cut, shape & Stick in place. It then hardens. Check Home Depot, Lowes or your Hardware Strore..
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