Fiberglass Experts-I Need help ??

Fiberglass Experts-I Need help ??

Post by Fedork » Thu, 18 Jan 2001 21:52:17


I have a 99 AC ZL600EFI with cracked hood brackets.  Does anyone know if
traditional fiberglass resin & fiberglass mat/mesh is compatible for a
bracket repair ?  The brackets are the main brackets that secure the
hood on.  It seems to me that the brackets need to have some flexibility
to not crack ?

Any suggestions would be helpful.  I don't want to end up fixing the
brackets after every couple rides and have a bouncing around.

 
 
 

Fiberglass Experts-I Need help ??

Post by LBZ35 » Thu, 18 Jan 2001 23:39:26

Good post, I would like to know too... my ZL600 hood is cracked as well.

...it is because I went bouncing off the hood and was consequantly run over
by my own sled but thats another story! :- )

--
Jere
2001 KX250      2000 ZR600
1994 KX250      1999 ZL600


Quote:
> I have a 99 AC ZL600EFI with cracked hood brackets.  Does anyone know if
> traditional fiberglass resin & fiberglass mat/mesh is compatible for a
> bracket repair ?  The brackets are the main brackets that secure the
> hood on.  It seems to me that the brackets need to have some flexibility
> to not crack ?

> Any suggestions would be helpful.  I don't want to end up fixing the
> brackets after every couple rides and have a bouncing around.


 
 
 

Fiberglass Experts-I Need help ??

Post by Thomas Kran » Fri, 19 Jan 2001 02:14:29

I have successfully repaired older Cat hoods that were cracked with Epoxy
based fiberglass repair kits.  have not tried polyester based - usually
(from my boat experience)  Epoxy is the resin of choice.  Don't know if all
the newer hoods have the same characteristics.
- Tom


Quote:
> I have a 99 AC ZL600EFI with cracked hood brackets.  Does anyone know if
> traditional fiberglass resin & fiberglass mat/mesh is compatible for a
> bracket repair ?  The brackets are the main brackets that secure the
> hood on.  It seems to me that the brackets need to have some flexibility
> to not crack ?

> Any suggestions would be helpful.  I don't want to end up fixing the
> brackets after every couple rides and have a bouncing around.


 
 
 

Fiberglass Experts-I Need help ??

Post by Ed Harri » Fri, 19 Jan 2001 09:31:41

Stay with epoxy resin systems when repairing AC hoods or even others.
Preparation is the key ingredient to success.  When mixing epoxies correct
ratios are more important then with polyesters.  Use 1800 style tooling
fiberglass cloth or a 120 C Glass for flexibility.  Epoxies like the
temperature just right. The colder it is, the slower they cure.

3 Plys each side of brackets should make them brackets right.  Try using a
little MA310 Plexus to set the brackets in place before glassing them in.
MA310 is a product mfg by ITW or Devcon in Danbury, MA.  These are proven
products use in our composites manufacturing facility.

My ZL hood looks like it is made using resin transfer technology.  So using
epoxies will be more compatible then polyesters.  Rule of thumb:

Use epoxy on epoxy systems
You can use epoxy on polyester systems
Do not use polyester on epoxy systems

Ed in Texas

ZL580

 
 
 

Fiberglass Experts-I Need help ??

Post by Pro1g » Fri, 19 Jan 2001 09:36:17

you have to identify what the material is , usually you will see initials like
tpo , ppo something of that nature .....then go to your local body supply store
and get the correct material to repair it . if its done right the first time
you have a long lasting repair . if you mouse it youll have a headache !  when
at the supply store ask for the brand FUSOR , OR DURA-MIX , each of those
companies make great products for repairing plastics .....good luck !    p.s.
first and formost you need to identify it correctly though !

                        "damn,the snowblower is where the boat used to be"
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Fiberglass Experts-I Need help ??

Post by Keith Osma » Fri, 19 Jan 2001 11:30:59

I cracked the hood on my 94 Polaris, not a fiberglass hood, and first  used
epoxy for the repair.  It didn't 10 miles before it too cracked.  I used a
dremel tool to cleaned off all the epoxy and then tried the plastic repair
kit from Three Bond.  It worked great and continues to hold to this day.  I
also found it very useful around the house too.  I ordered the kit from
Dennis Kirk, page 274 in the 2001 catalog, and it is priced at $29.99.  Good
luck!


Quote:
> I have a 99 AC ZL600EFI with cracked hood brackets.  Does anyone know if
> traditional fiberglass resin & fiberglass mat/mesh is compatible for a
> bracket repair ?  The brackets are the main brackets that secure the
> hood on.  It seems to me that the brackets need to have some flexibility
> to not crack ?

> Any suggestions would be helpful.  I don't want to end up fixing the
> brackets after every couple rides and have a bouncing around.

 
 
 

Fiberglass Experts-I Need help ??

Post by Zoom » Fri, 19 Jan 2001 16:18:33

we have tried fiberglass on 98 artic cat hoods and have not had very good
luck. it holds a little but not real reliable.  i think most of the post
about the autobody (dura mix) plastic repair is the answer.
either that or find a person with a professional plastic welder, they work
awesome.

--
Thank You,
Zoom Motorsports


Quote:
> I have a 99 AC ZL600EFI with cracked hood brackets.  Does anyone know if
> traditional fiberglass resin & fiberglass mat/mesh is compatible for a
> bracket repair ?  The brackets are the main brackets that secure the
> hood on.  It seems to me that the brackets need to have some flexibility
> to not crack ?

> Any suggestions would be helpful.  I don't want to end up fixing the
> brackets after every couple rides and have a bouncing around.