Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Galesburg, Illinois, USA
My 83I had a shaky fairing and as it turned out the whole right side where the studs come through had broken. I had a literal jig saw puzzle of broken plastic pieces to deal with. Plus, there was a crack coming up from the bottom on the inside part of the fairing.Fudge meI said,(or something like that). I debated taking it to a car body shop but the cost was a factor at that time.I removed the fairing,and BTW the screws that stick outof the bottom of the fairing also attach the amp inside the fairing. You'vegot to be careful when you take fairing off as that amp is now not attached to anything and it weighs a bit. Good potential for it falling and breaking something inside.
So, I got some ABS epoxy and some fiberglass cloth and went to work. First, I took all of the pieces that remained(surprisingly I didn't loose any pieces) and put them together dry to see what was going to be involved in the re-assembly since once you mix the epoxy you only have a few minutes to stick things together. Then I mixed up a small amount and started gluing things back together. I had one piece that the only way it would fit was pushing onit from inside the fairing as when it broke, the edges were beveled in such a way that it wouldn't fit in from the outside. I pondered this and came across a solution: I drilled a small hole in it and screwed in a long sheet metal screw as a handle. This way I didn't have to figure out how to get my arm inside the fairing to push the piece in. Once all the pieces were in place and set up I then used the fiberglass cloth and massaged the epoxy into the cloth to attach it to the re-assembled parts. I also did this to the inside(what a bitch for someone who has large hands)of the fairing working through the pocket. When this mess all cured, I trimed the cloth fuzzies offwith a razor blade and put the fairing back on the bike. After putting the nuts back on the left and front side of the brackets, I then drilled the new holes for the amp/studs using the holes in the right bracket to make sure every thing was aligned properly. Presto, she is feexed!! This repair has held up for the last year and a half with no more shaky fairing.
Sorry this is so long but I thought you might like to know what's involved.
Wineberry 1983 Interstate