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Offline jwh20

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Re: Strange cracks...
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2018, 10:35:07 am »
A new one is only about $65.  So before spending a lot of money with plastic welding services or making something out of epoxy, you might just want to order a new one.  It does, however, appear to me that this piece is under-engineered.  The way it cracks looks like the stress of the openings and the inserts is just too much for that thickness and grade of plastic.

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Re: Strange cracks...
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2018, 12:26:39 pm »
A new one is only about $65.  So before spending a lot of money with plastic welding services or making something out of epoxy, you might just want to order a new one.  It does, however, appear to me that this piece is under-engineered.  The way it cracks looks like the stress of the openings and the inserts is just too much for that thickness and grade of plastic.

Yeah, it always seemed to me to be "too thin", from the first time I disassembled it.  I thought "surely this is going to break, especially over time when it is bound to get more brittle".  Interestingly, I found the part on one major site- it is the only one of all those shown in the explosion diagram that is "not available".  $7 for some epoxy might do the trick.  It isn't structural and I don't think it is like to get worse, and I am in no rush to fix it.  Might be quite a while before I take that panel off for some other purpose.
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Re: Strange cracks...
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2018, 07:02:42 am »
You might want to add an Easy Boys! after the 'screw problem' part of that second sentence.

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Re: Strange cracks...
« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2018, 10:47:12 am »
Screw problems in a thread titled 'Strange Cracks'. Yeah, we're gonna need a few 'easy boys' here and there.

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Re: Strange cracks...
« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2018, 10:54:24 am »
Word of the day is incorrigible.
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Re: Strange cracks...
« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2018, 01:29:33 pm »
"Strange cracks" ... this is what many males seek, especially in younger years.

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Re: Strange cracks...
« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2018, 01:32:06 pm »
Incorrigible: a state of being meaning one is able to be encouraged.

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Re: Strange cracks...
« Reply #22 on: July 06, 2018, 01:10:53 pm »
To much torque


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Re: Strange cracks...
« Reply #23 on: July 14, 2018, 10:02:56 am »
Well, now mine is cracked too (below glovebox trim near the heater control).

Finally have a photo of it.  I pressed on the right side a bit to help let it show.
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Re: Strange cracks...
« Reply #24 on: July 14, 2018, 10:16:24 am »
At least the split is so straight, it almost looks like a seam. 

An easy way to repair/limit more damage:

On the underside, use fiber tape and E6000 glue.  Rough up the plastic with sandpaper for bite.  I used this method on my R2D2 scooter’s front fender and it worked well.  The E6000 glue is flexible, but strong enough to keep it together. 

The attached pic is the fibertape before adding the glue.  Yours would be on a much smaller scale, of course.  That whole fender was split pretty badly, but is holding up nicely. 

You could always try some sort of epoxy, as well.
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Re: Strange cracks...
« Reply #25 on: July 14, 2018, 12:24:22 pm »
At least the split is so straight, it almost looks like a seam. 

An easy way to repair/limit more damage:

On the underside, use fiber tape and E6000 glue.  Rough up the plastic with sandpaper for bite.  I used this method on my R2D2 scooter’s front fender and it worked well.  The E6000 glue is flexible, but strong enough to keep it together. 

The attached pic is the fibertape before adding the glue.  Yours would be on a much smaller scale, of course.  That whole fender was split pretty badly, but is holding up nicely. 

You could always try some sort of epoxy, as well.

That is exactly my plan.  My amazon order came in, I have JB Weld plastic epoxy, black.  I planned on using some fiberglass mesh tape and the epoxy, after roughing the underside.  Have no idea when next that panel will come off, but when it does, I should be ready.
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