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Hi everyone,

I just purchased a fairly new 1999 GL 1500. It only has 20K miles on it and is in excellant condition. However I have notice there are cracks on the trunk where the luggage rack is connected. They are like spider cracks...I suspect from flag holders (just a guess) anyways how can I stop those cracks for getting worse. Will a fiberglass repair kit from the inside stop them?

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Fiberglass (polyester resin) and epoxy really doesn't bond all that well to ABS which is what the trunk is made of. You can use ABS cement, it's the black goop sold in hardware store plumbing sections for gluing ABS pipe. Not the PVC/ABS cement, but black ABS only cement. You can lay up a layer or two of fiber glass cloth with the stuff. Don't put a lot of heavy coats on at one time, a thin coat allowed to dry hard before the next one works best. The stuff does take a bit of time to fully harden but will result in a chemical weld to the original plastic. You can't pry it off like you can with fiberglass resin and epoxies. Just clean any paint off the underside of the trunk lid in the vicinity of the repair.

If you have a trunk rack it should have a good sized star washer (sold by online bike vendors) under the legs of the rack, a rubber washer under that and a rubber washer and fender washer underneath the trunk lid. This will help spread the load without causing as much of a localized stress rise.

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