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PostSubject: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:55 pm

Just a little side project I decided to do a few weeks ago. I think it turned out pretty nice.


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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:04 pm

tracab wrote:
Just a little side project I decided to do a few weeks ago. I think it turned out pretty nice.

cheers

Are there any details that you would like to share with the other members??
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:14 pm

Very nice!
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:40 pm

Care to produce a few of these for sale to fellow inmates?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:07 pm

Did you use Carbon Fibre Wrap to cover it?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:57 pm

I used a 3M Scotchprint 3D Carbon Fiber Vinyl. Part number 1080-CF12. ($15.00 for a 12" x 5 foot roll) You can heat mold it, but at room temp it is plenty pliable. It took about 1 1/2-2 hours to do. It was a cheap and fun project. I mainly did it because there were a couple of scratches on the cover that I did not care for. I am thinking about doing the glove box covers next.


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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:22 pm

Can you send me a pic of how it looks to me? mrpegleg1952@gmail.com
I would really like to see how it turned out as I to have some scratches and do not want to put the same thing on.

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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:24 pm

Nevermind. the pic just came up for me. SLOW FRIGGIN' Computer I have.

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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:27 pm

I have the 2006 SWing and I might just try to do the entire dash area. I am going to get this stuff and see what I can do with it. I have the Blue bike with the blue dash. Should look sharp with the CF finish.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:38 pm

tracab wrote:
Just a little side project I decided to do a few weeks ago. I think it turned out pretty nice.


I think you're right! applause applause
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:45 pm

For anyone that has a LeoVince Exhaust on their wing, they produce a carbon fiber heat shield for it.

http://www.scootertronics.com/hosi600leovi.html

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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:08 am

Tracab,
Where did you get the CF roll? Walmart wants $45.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:20 pm

I bought it on Ebay from AVS (Auto Vinyl Solutions). Here is a link for the same thing. Right now it is $17.05 plus $1.99 shipping. Great Company to deal with.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3M-1080-Gloss-Black-Carbon-Fiber-Vinyl-Vehicle-Wrap-Sheet-Roll-60-x12-CF12-/121049947129?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item1c2f239bf9
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:59 pm

Tracab.
Aloha my fellow rider. I just placed an order. Was it difficult to do the wrap around the bolt holes?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:52 pm

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Tracab.
Aloha my fellow rider. I just placed an order. Was it difficult to do the wrap around the bolt holes?

This was the most time consuming part. The flat and edge sections are smooth sailing. You will be able to push the vinyl into the bolt holes. Cut a hole in the center and you can stretch it a little bit. It will not cover everything. I actually made 2 donut shaped pieces, matched up the pattern and covered up the little area that was left.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:07 am

Nice job Tracab! Looks nice. Life is funny, if the swing came stock with the carbon fiber muffler cover and someone did one in chrome everyone would be in awe and lining up to get the chrome one ordered. I guess we all like to be different. That being said you got my mind turning as to what i can cover with that CF. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:25 pm

Tracab,
Thanks for getting back to me. I'll post a picture when I get it done.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:44 pm

anyone know the temp limit of the vinyl?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:32 pm

Thebreen wrote:
anyone know the temp limit of the vinyl?

From 3M: Temperature range after application -65 to +225F (-60 to +107C )

All of the stats on the film can be found here:

http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/mediawebserver?6666660Zjcf6lVs6EVs66sgsGCOrrrrQ-

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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:21 am

i bought the Carbon Fiber Vinyl wrap film in 60. in from Metro Restyling and it only cost a total of $ 15.09. I finished the job in about 1/2 hr. but I am sure the finish could have been even better if it had been attached to the bike giving it more support. Going for a 140 mile ride and hope it holds up the heat from the muffler.
Next I am going to do the mirrors. affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:01 pm

I got three rolls 12"x50" for $5.99 per roll on ebay. I covered the exhaust cover, mirrors and the underskirt with it. I got a pic of half the skirt in my album. Was gonna put pics on a post here but my laptop crashed so i gotta wait till its repaired. The CF projects were fun but time consuming. The complex curves of the underskirt were a challenge to say the least. The secret to installing the CF is to have a hair dryer to heat the product while carefully and SLOWLY pressing and molding it to the piece. However some cutting will be needed to get it to mold around some curves to eliminate wrinkles. I was happy with the final results.
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PostSubject: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover    Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:36 pm

My ride was FANTASTIC today.

Great weather and as always fun to be with your riding buddies.
195 miles and the Carbon Fiber held up like when I first put it on in the morning. GREAT!
And for the price I paid, I will be able to do maybe, three more exhaust covers and learn along the way on how to make the application perfect.
I would highly recommend the product to anyone wanting to renew their old exhaust cover.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:35 pm

I am glad that you guys (johnd, hotwings) had a good time with the project. It is still snowing here in MN so I have only ridden about 100 miles this year.

hotwings,

The curves are a bitch to be sure. That is one of the reasons why I will not do the dash or anything else with complex curves or, recesses. I am happy with my glove boxes and exhaust cover.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:12 pm

tracab wrote:
I am glad that you guys (johnd, hotwings) had a good time with the project. It is still snowing here in MN so I have only ridden about 100 miles this year.

hotwings,

The curves are a bitch to be sure. That is one of the reasons why I will not do the dash or anything else with complex curves or, recesses. I am happy with my glove boxes and exhaust cover.
A challenge is good every now and then. I even did the end cap of the exhaust cover, the piece with all the holes. To accomplish this some light to moderate swearing will be required!
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:07 pm

hotwings wrote:

A challenge is good every now and then. I even did the end cap of the exhaust cover, the piece with all the holes. To accomplish this some light to moderate swearing will be required!

Wow, good for you!! I thought about that, but did not have the time to undertake it. Would love to see some pics.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:13 pm

here are a few pics of the carbon fiber project i mentioned above;

the muffler


the underskirt (the difficult part)


one of the mirrors
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:59 pm

hotwings wrote:
here are a few pics of the carbon fiber project i mentioned above;

Looks great!! Nice work. I actually removed the guard bar from my muffler. Think it looks a little cleaner without it.

Did you wrap the mirrors all the way around to the glass then trim?

Love the temp gauge you did as well. Not a bad idea. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:41 am

Yes the mirrors are wrapped around to the glass. Im not sure what you mean by temp gauge!?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:48 am

hotwings wrote:
Yes the mirrors are wrapped around to the glass. Im not sure what you mean by temp gauge!?

The digital thermometer you installed from your other post, sorry. I figured I could kill a few birds with one stone. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:04 am

Nice job. I was going to do my mirrors yesterday but was affraid because of the difficulty of the round surface and the creases it would leave on the surface, but I see you were able to do a great job with only very minor blemishes or is that just my eyes.
I also like the lower part. Did you have the bike up on a lift when you were doing the work or work laying down?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:30 am

johnd wrote:
Nice job. I was going to do my mirrors yesterday but was affraid because of the difficulty of the round surface and the creases it would leave on the surface, but I see you were able to do a great job with only very minor blemishes or is that just my eyes.
I also like the lower part. Did you have the bike up on a lift when you were doing the work or work laying down?
I removed the underskirts- a 2 minute job. Just be bit careful there are a couple tabs on the front. The mirrors are relatively easy to do with the assistance of a hairdryer. Dont attempt to do any CF without using a little heat from a hairdryer. When i did the underskirts i clamped the hairdryer in my work bench vise when i was doing around the edges. After heating, the CF can stretch and mold very easily.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cover   Sat Aug 08, 2015 1:20 pm



Just a bump of an earlier topic by tracab to see what an awesome member he is and to see some of the upgrades on the Silver Wing he has for sale.
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