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Coming back from NASSIR 4 I must have damaged the front fender somehow. The fender panels will not stay on. Onawingandaprayer and I rebuilt the front forks a couple of weeks ago and put new Progressive springs in. We found that the plasticsupport under the fender was all cracked and broken. We got some special ABS glue and attempted a repair.



The fender support is again broken and the side covers will not stay in place.The glue obviously did not work.( Thank God for Rudy's panel keepers)



The main question is..Do I spend almost $ 300.00 plus the price of a new emblem for a painted new OEM fender or do we attempt a repair with fiberglass?



Anyone having similiar stories please share. Both Longboater and Onawingandaprayer have offered to help out with this project while we are down here in Florida.
 

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Did you replace the rubber grommets the panel goes into?
 

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Yep..Grommets replaced..It is under the fender...all cracked and broken..need to know if fiberglass will work.
 

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Is the fender hitting something causing it to crack?
Fiberglass might work?
 

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i have repaired my fairing cracks 10" long with a plastic weld from habor frieght they also have a small supply of rod that include abs. it is basicly i curling iron with a air fitting and the welds on the faring are holding.
 

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I haven't heard of any success using fibreglass and their associated resin hardeners applied directly to ABS .....
just thinking out loud here .... I wonder if a couple of thin layers of thin glass matt, soaked in resin and then embedded in a layer of ABS cement, spread over the cracked pieces on the underside would work ??? You'd have to keep overall thickness down so as to not cause any clearance issues with the wheel. :?
 

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:doh: good idea Doc!

I repaired those rear pockets and the front wall of my trunk using a soldering iron run along the cracks. Even gave this advice recently to another member who had a cracked/broken fuse box cover. He said it worked great.

I'll dig up that thread as it has all the 'instructions' :doh:




Okay ... read on - http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum6/127700.html
 

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Bob , i have picked up some ABS glue and a couple ABS fittings here in Gawga. I need to reread some Stevefl s posting on his reapirs .



oh this is not the hybrid glue that already tried .
 

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Hawggy wrote:
Coming back from NASSIR 4 I must have damaged the front fender somehow. The fender panels will not stay on. Onawingandaprayer and I rebuilt the front forks a couple of weeks ago and put new Progressive springs in. We found that the plasticsupport under the fender was all cracked and broken. We got some special ABS glue and attempted a repair.



The fender support is again broken and the side covers will not stay in place.The glue obviously did not work. ( Thank God for Rudy's panel keepers)



The main question is..Do I spend almost $ 300.00 plus the price of a new emblem for a painted new OEM fender or do we attempt a repair with fiberglass?



Anyone having similiar stories please share. Both Longboater and Onawingandaprayer have offered to help out with this project while we are down here in Florida.
How about this idea? It's only $25,- and may or may not require paint.....
 

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That's the rear half, Kim ..... he doesn't mention ithere, but in a Ad on the for sale/wanted forum, he states he needs the front half.

Not sure what he means buy " the plasticsupport under the fender" though ????
 

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That's the rear half, Kim  .....  he doesn't mention it here, but in a Ad on the for sale/wanted forum, he states he needs the front half.

Not sure what he means buy " the plastic support under the fender" though ????
On the inside of the front part there are several walls for support and that might be it. They are also for sale there for around $20,-... I just figured it must be cheaper and better than a repair.
 

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Thanks Guys for the info...we will try some stuff up at Mikes place and see if we can get it to work..If not..I will just buy a new front portion of the fender..
 

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This is the front half of the 1500 front fender . Externally all looks fine . it is the support ribs on the underside and the uprights which bolt to the fork which fave cracked .

First attempt was using hybrid ABS/PVC/CPCVC glue . I will get that removed and go with the black ABS glue . Most likely I'll gind up some ABS and make the paste for extra support .

It seems I read that yoou can use fiberglass matting and work the ABS glue intop it . More reading on that subject to come .
 

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Mike, why not just buy him a used fender off eBay and paint it to match? Maybe I am missing something here but it just seems like a better idea to spend $25,- on a used fender and match the paint and get it right the first time....:?
 

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Yeah, what you need is the one part, black, gooey ABS cement that comes in the screw top can with a dauber lid. The multi PVC/ABS etc. glue isn't good repairs that have stress on them, okay for plumbing but not for bike repairs. ABS cement also has the advantage of being cheap besides the fact that it yields a chemical weld rather than just a glue stuck to the surface. I've repaired some pretty bad looking saddlebags, trunks and fairing parts on various 'Wings in my old shop using the stuff.

One thing to watch out for is to build up thin coats. Even if you make some putty by using ABS sanding dust mixed with the cement go fairly thin coats. The problem is that a thick coat will skin over and prevent the solvents underneath froms escaping which will soften the whole area and take weeks to harden fully. A thin coat let dry overnight before the next one will do he job. Done right the joint will be strong or stronger than the adjacent plastic.
 

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Kimswang wrote:
Mike, why not just buy him a used fender off eBay and paint it to match? Maybe I am missing something here but it just seems like a better idea to spend $25,- on a used fender and match the paint and get it right the first time....:?

Not for 25 Bucks will you get a front fender...new almost 300.00 and used 150.00 plus in black,if you can locate one...Nice thought though...



Was it you from Apollo Beach that had the white one on ebay? That would work painted black..Can't find it now...is it over?
 

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Kimswang wrote:
Here you go:



$35,-



$110,-



$12,50



Add to that your local Craigslist andI am sure you will find an old fender laying around with your name on it.
Thanks...Have checked Craigslist down here in Florida..Found nothing..
 

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I'll put a bid in on the white one but it has already gone to 51.99 this morning...LOL..Gotta love ebay

Likely the paint will cost more than the fender, after all, it is Black I need,,and not any black will do,
 
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