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post #1 of 21 Old 12-04-2013, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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DIY OEM handguard extensions for cold fingers

My fingers are cold!

I saw hikrynut's DIY extended handguards here and think they look great.

https://www.stromtrooper.com/275187-post12.html

Unfortunately it looks like hikrynut hasn't been active in about 18months --hikrynut, are you there? :-)

I sent him a PM, but just in case he isn't active anymore, I figured I'd ask the community.

I want to do the same thing. I bought a $5 black wastebasket with plenty of flat sections to scavenge (Rubbermaid #4 plastic from Home Depot). And I bought a pack of 15 small black plastic pop rivets for $5 from the Auto parts store. So my total cost will be $10 for the upgrade. I'm trying pop rivets, since I like the look and I'd like to take them on/off depending on the weather.

I think I can make a prototype out of paper and use it as a template to cut my plastic.

My big question is about forming the guards. There are several long bends to make. I'm not sure if I must heat it or if there is anything I need to do to keep it from discoloring at the bend. Has anyone done this before?

Also, I can't tell from the picture if there is a seam where the side panels meet. It seems like there should be. I guess I could try to tastefully hide it glue it together the side pieces unless there's a better way.

Anyway, I have some ideas for the project but wanted to see if anyone else has some experience here and can improve on my plan. Thanks!
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Heat gun

I made my own fenda extenda using some plastic from TAP plastics. I used a heat gun to gently heat and then formed by hand. Wear leather gloves and use the minimum amount of heat required. Hold the shape until cooled. Use a straight edge for the straight bends. I clamped my piece in a vice. The black plastic won't discolour.

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I know about DIY and projects but I saw a friends GS the other day with Wonderlich hippo hand like covers on the handle bars. Beautiful! has little windows to see the switches. Cost about the same as the Hippo Hand product at $85, plus 10 buck shipping of course.
Benefit would be the easy removal and storage when the weather gets hot and pleasant again.
I'd imagine a propane torch could suffice as a heat source for making bends though.
There are some thermo plastics available in sheets that fellers have used for projects like this.
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Thanks guys. Yes I'd love to buy something pre-made but feel like I've gone overboard recently with my new toy and I should save a few bucks somewhere.

I'm sure the plastic sheets are great. I wish I had that. The rubbermaid wastebasket feels really sturdy and has a nice matte black color, so I feel like *IF* I can make it work it should give the desired effect.

I think I have a propane torch to heat it like you guys recommended. Thanks!
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Heat guns work great and will not discolour the plastic, I use a heat gun to put the colour back, if you crease a plastic guard and it goes white just heat it up and the colour will return.

Another way to bend plastic is to hold it over a boiling kettle, the steam will soften the plastic, bend and hold till cool.

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Heat guns work great and will not discolour the plastic, I use a heat gun to put the colour back, if you crease a plastic guard and it goes white just heat it up and the colour will return.

Another way to bend plastic is to hold it over a boiling kettle, the steam will soften the plastic, bend and hold till cool.

I make plastic for a living so I get to play with it more than I would like

Awesome tips. I didn't know that, thanks!
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Those look awesome. I bought some thin lexan sheets at Home Depot. I was going to make some but didn't know where to start with it. Thanks for posting this.


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I could have sworn that someone on this site cut up a couple gallon-sized plastic bottles and riveted the flat spot on the guard while using the curvature near the neck of the bottle on the bottom.....

He used those plastic pop rivets to remove them during the summer season.

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I found that the hand guards are good in the summer too. Seems peak temps from sun and bounce back from the road are about at handle bar level and it keeps my hands from cooking. Nice protection in those summer down pours too!
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I could have sworn that someone on this site cut up a couple gallon-sized plastic bottles and riveted the flat spot on the guard while using the curvature near the neck of the bottle on the bottom.....

He used those plastic pop rivets to remove them during the summer season.
Interesting. I didn't see that but was wondering if an old black antifreeze bottle would work.

From the pictures, it looks like the outside corner was preformed, meaning it was cut off of something that already had a nice 3-sided corner with some cool contours.

Kind of makes me want to look a little harder for something like that before I resort to doing origami to my wastebasket.
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