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My latest little DIY project..

Postby morepower » Tue Oct 08, 2013 21:13 pm

I made a pre-preg carbon chain stay protector for my Orange. I wanted something that would stop any chips and as there were one or two even though it has a Lizard Skin on there I wanted to give it total protection...
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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby The Real Radioactiveman » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:58 am

awesome, how did you do it ?

could do with one on my cross bike
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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby morepower » Wed Oct 09, 2013 13:30 pm

I make parts in carbon fibre anyway so had some pre-preg carbon sitting here. I dont want it to bond to the bike fully so if it does get damaged I can remove it. I wrapped the frame with some electrical tape. I put one layer of pre-preg carbon over the tape and then a layer of what is called release film then used more electrical tape wrapped very tightly round the carbon. I would have used shrink tape but dont have any so I had to use the release film so the electrical tape wouldnt stick to the carbon too. I made a simple tent round the tube with a domestic fan heater blowing hot air over the carbon to cure it.. It took about 18 hours to cure fully with the fan heater blowing in it all the time (I may have been ok at 14 hours but didnt want to risk it). You can get small amounts of pre-preg material from a company called Easy Composites with their "easy preg" carbon. It is simple to do.. Just dont remove the heat too soon... better to keep it warm and cook it for too long.

I usually make stuff like this...
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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby The Real Radioactiveman » Wed Oct 09, 2013 15:46 pm

nice one cheers , got all sorts of ideas running through my head now !!
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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby morepower » Wed Oct 09, 2013 19:20 pm

The Real Radioactiveman wrote:nice one cheers , got all sorts of ideas running through my head now !!


I started with an idea for my Aprilia and in the end no one would do it or the guy that took it on let me down... Now I am making stuff full time... be careful it gets addictive... haha...

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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby DanDax1990 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:23 am

Morepower, Fancy making me a Mucky Nutz style front mudguard? ;)

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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby morepower » Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:30 am

DanDax1990 wrote:Morepower, Fancy making me a Mucky Nutz style front mudguard? ;)


I could but it seems they are very flexible and come as a flat sheet.. I need it to be set in shape and quite solidly in shape too... the heat from making the mould will soften it but if you can find a way to make it rigid then I could... The mould making is actually the hardest part...

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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby DanDax1990 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:33 am

I was thinking of doing it myself but would be fairly costly for me but was guessing wouldn't be too bad for you due to having left over material?

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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby morepower » Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:08 pm

Making it from odds of scraps is not hard it is just making the mould as the heat needed to cure the carbon may melt the guard. Even the heat from the mould when it exotherms may soften it and make it distort.. It needs to be rigid to start off with... you can use car body filler behind it or anything to make it stiffer.... But you need a mould.

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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby morepower » Wed Oct 16, 2013 17:20 pm

Next little part... Again carbon fibre but then again why not???

The LED light unit has a little battery pack which I want to put somewhere accessible and will not roll round the frame on its velcro straps... So I have made a carbon plate which is attached to one of the water bottle locations.

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Just need a velcro strap to hold the loose cable onto the frame now.. evilBay order made.... lol.
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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby ej2320 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 19:31 pm

Ever thought about selling your little inventions?

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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby morepower » Wed Oct 16, 2013 19:41 pm

ej2320 wrote:Ever thought about selling your little inventions?


IF I could find something that is worth doing I would.... wrapping frame tubes is OK but you need a bike or frame on site to do it so it is not cheap due to that.. The flat plate is easy but limited use for most people... lol... I wanted to find a way to make a pre-preg Carbon rear mech protector that is universal... Not easy to find a way of doing that though....

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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby ej2320 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 19:55 pm

I know to little about the complications haha, But your DIY inventions have impressed my so far anyway

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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby DanDax1990 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 20:00 pm

I reckon a front mudguard like a crud catcher would be a fairly universal fit? Or even a read crud catcher style mudguard?

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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby morepower » Wed Oct 16, 2013 20:47 pm

DanDax1990 wrote:I reckon a front mudguard like a crud catcher would be a fairly universal fit? Or even a read crud catcher style mudguard?


Been looking at a front mudguard possibility..lol. Rear ones usually need parts made up to fit them... I am only looking at the carbon side...lol..

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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby morepower » Wed Oct 16, 2013 20:56 pm

ej2320 wrote:I know to little about the complications haha, But your DIY inventions have impressed my so far anyway


Cheers.... I just cut up a Bimota frame protector for the battery bracket....

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It was quite simple....lol..

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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby emseens » Wed Oct 16, 2013 21:15 pm

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nothing is impossible ;)

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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby ej2320 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 21:21 pm

emseens wrote:Image
nothing is impossible ;)


Now that... That's impressive

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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby Kowalski675 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 21:27 pm

morepower wrote:
ej2320 wrote:I know to little about the complications haha, But your DIY inventions have impressed my so far anyway


Cheers.... I just cut up a Bimota frame protector for the battery bracket....




SB6?

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Re: My latest little DIY project..

Postby morepower » Wed Oct 16, 2013 23:16 pm

Kowalski675 wrote:
morepower wrote:
ej2320 wrote:I know to little about the complications haha, But your DIY inventions have impressed my so far anyway


Cheers.... I just cut up a Bimota frame protector for the battery bracket....




SB6?


Yes... I made a batch of them for a mate... I have a few seconds here I use for other things and cut them up for brackets or to make odd parts and covers...


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