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Cracked Fairing Help!


eljazz
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Hi everybody - I hope this isn't a stupid question!


I have recently purchased a 1988 Honda Bros 400 as my first 'big bike' after riding a 125 cruiser for a year. I'm absolutely in love with it but it seems to have been rather unloved by the former owner and incurred some damage which has resulted in the rear fairing (is it called a cowl?) being badly scratched and cracked.


Being a twenty year old import I realise that getting a like for like replacement will be extremely unlikely but does anybody know if the fairing can simply be removed and a replacement from a similar sized bike be put on instead (and if so what would be the best fit)?


Again I apologise if this is a stupid question but I'm very new to all this and am a regular secret trawler in your archives here!


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(And here, for those like me that had never heard of such a machine before, is MCN's review: http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/bikereviews/searchresults/Bike-Reviews/Honda/Honda-Bros-NT400-1988-1992/Honda/BROS-400/_/R-EPI-119781)

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I don't know about replacements from other bikes.

I'd try david silver spares ( all things honda)

or D and K ( import specialists)

they may well have them!


There is also the possibility that it

could be plastic welded !

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What about plastic welding? Failing that taking it to be professionally fixed and repainted? They did my SV's fairings bloody well I have to say, just need all the plastic parts or they can't do nowt.

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What about plastic welding? Failing that taking it to be professionally fixed and repainted? They did my SV's fairings bloody well I have to say, just need all the plastic parts or they can't do nowt.

 


Oh that's interesting. I tried the sites Rennie suggested and I'm afraid I had no luck. Also spoke to some enthusiasts over in America (where it's known as the Honda Hawk) and apparently unspoilt fairing for these bikes are liek the holy grail so I'll look into maybe getting it fixed instead!


Any idea what kind of prices I should be looking at Chris?

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Well my lower fairings, (pretty much two of these http://images.marketplaceadvisor.channe ... ower02.jpg) where sanded down and painted etc for £100 quid for the pair.


I think that was a little high, but the quality is amazing, just like new. All they needed was another piece of the bike for colour reference, but they said sv fairings are very common there (he instantly recognised them lol)


So depending on the size and the work needed probably looking for around the same price maybe? Your better off getting a quote your self :)

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Well my lower fairings, (pretty much two of these http://images.marketplaceadvisor.channe ... ower02.jpg) where sanded down and painted etc for £100 quid for the pair.


I think that was a little high, but the quality is amazing, just like new. All they needed was another piece of the bike for colour reference, but they said sv fairings are very common there (he instantly recognised them lol)


So depending on the size and the work needed probably looking for around the same price maybe? Your better off getting a quote your self :)

 

No man that's awesome - I just wanted to know what kind of ball park. I'll start phoning around :)


Thanks again!

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Tbh a rear end of almost any bike can be fitted and made to match but normally involves alot of work and cutting and modifying the subframe.


All my mates plastic weld their panels.


So if you can get hold of some plastic welding rods, and use a soldering iron to melt them onto the panels, and then rub it down and respray it, probably cheapest way

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Okay well as a short term fix I super glued the the cracks (which worked surprisingly well) and then sprayed the damaged section with a few coats of Halfords spray paint. I'd separated the damage with masking tape so that any change in tone would look intentional... then put a cool silver decal over the top of it - bwahahaha!


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