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post #1 of 10 Old 08-07-2016, 04:32 AM Thread Starter
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5 Second Fix?

The skinny nosepiece on my 2002 DL1000 broke at the base again today. I was investigating an interesting side road along the Kankakee River. Jacked-up 4wheel drive(camo wheel covers)country. A washboard gravel section was the cause just like the two times before.

First time was in 2009 riding the "badlands" at the Rapid City Gathering. I purchased some plastic cement at a NAPA autoparts store and that fix lasted until a similar washboard gravel section during the 2010 Gathering in Colorado. I repaired it using the Y-shaped piece of coat hanger imbedded in JB Weld (hidden, inside fix) described by John Weldon at VSRI. It's lasted despite my machinations until now.

Taking everything apart, somehow removing the JB Weld etal without destroying the skinny plastic bit and then re-doing that nosepiece fix on the inside is a daunting prospect. I was toying with the idea of slapping something on the outside to hold it together and to h*ll with how it looks.

And then I see this commercial for "The 5 Second Fix". Some kind of plastic glue/fill that hardens using UV light! Anybody tried this stuff? Does it work, that is, with the greasy feeling plastic on our Vee's?

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-07-2016, 11:03 PM
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Isn't some of the plastic ABS? If so a container of the glue from Home Depot may work.
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-08-2016, 05:13 AM
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I've had great luck fixing fairings with "West Coast Epoxy".
Find it at boat dealers.

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post #4 of 10 Old 08-08-2016, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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My thought exactly when I tried the equivalent product I bought at a NAPA store. It didn't stand up to subsequent vibration.

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Right. I agree West System epoxy is one of the Best and easiest to use. That could be my visible, outside fix choice. I'm just hoping for a miracle, invisible fix where that skinny little nosepiece of plastic meets the fairing at it's base. I'm not a fan of the "Beak Look".

My neighbor tells me I can get a single tube of "5 Minute Fix" at a local, independent hardware store for $10. Instead of the call-in TV offer and the inevitable emails and sales calls that probably result. Just have to buy it and try it I suppose.

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On something that broke, I used a reinforcing bit of stiff wire in the epoxy. Not relying on the epoxy itself to hold the two sides together.
Like a weld the seam is subject to vibration and breaking.
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You are right again. My second fix using JB Weld and a wishbone (upside down Y) shaped piece of coathanger wire is still in place. Sticking real good inside to the lower fairing where the skinny nosepiece meets it. The leg of the upside down Y w/ JB on it broke free of the skinny plastic nosepiece.

I bought the single tube of "5 Minute Fix" at my local hdwe. Very carefully built up a layer of liquid plastic on the JB and backside of the nosepiece. Hardened up using the UV light on the tube in 5 minutes as advertised. Hardish, not very flexible. I grabbed the top of the windshield and rocked it...IT HELD!

20 minutes later it was broke again. I didn't make it out of my pot holed alley to pavement before the dreaded snap/crack was back in the windshield. 5 minute plastic seems to be adhereing to both sides of the break. Probably good for fixing a crack, but not a break.

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post #7 of 10 Old 08-09-2016, 10:00 AM
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Super glue and baking powder(soda) works well for out of sight plastic fixes. I've used it on side panel bosses that broke off. They never broke again. The process is to apply a generous coat of super glue then sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda around the joint. Then apply more supper glue until the baking soda absorbs the glue. It dries pretty quickly and once cured it's tough as nails. Laying a piece coat hanger reinforcement in there like you did previously and then the super glue baking soda should make a permanent fix.

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-09-2016, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks very much for that info. I'd never heard of baking soda + super glue for repairs. Very good to know. I will use it.

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Thanks very much for that info. I'd never heard of baking soda + super glue for repairs. Very good to know. I will use it.

My pleasure. It forms up hard as a brick. Practice on some scrap plastic so you have a feel for how it works. It's really easy.
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One of the caveats is that the parent material has to be super clean for any epoxy, super glue to adhere properly.
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