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post #21 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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Your right but I don't think im gonna go this route anymore, for a racebike it might be worthit to save weight but since my bike is for road commuting id rather had a tank that can "give" God forbit if anything does happen like of I get hit or go down, or if some knuklehead knocks by bike over while its parked; I dont want a fuel tank that will crack and leak fuel all over the engine and bodywork tgat doesnt need it. so imma stick with the stock tank, get a lighter battery and be happy :-)

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Your right but I don't think im gonna go this route anymore,
If you still want the carbon fiber look don't forget the hydrographics carbon fiber film dip option.

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Speaking of carbon fiber I seriously day dream about building a STOCK looking frame out of carbon fiber and a lot of other bits and pieces for the Bonneville/Thruxton. These bikes need to loose about 100 pounds...I know it would not work for the engine, head and center cases, but side cases, frame, wheels and such might be worth the effort in CF. I will work on this next summer and see how it goes and how much weight can be lost with out loosing too much $$.
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Joining the carbon fiber tubing will give you all kinds of hell, and cost a fortune. If you are willing to put up with that, I’ll love to watch.
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That's pretty interesting considering th Bonnie is so old school but has some super modern touches.. Maybe don't go so far as to put a gp exhaust maybe??
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I replaced a fiberglass tank on my 73 ducati that had started to soften in spots. I cut out the soft spots, filled the old tank with urethane foam and then finished with fiberglass and epoxy resin to get my plug mold. I then made two female molds from the plug, a top and a bottom.

I then used a fiberglass veil for the surface next to the mold and then coarse yarn carbon fiber cloth with West Systems epoxy resin to make the upper and lower pieces of the tank. I used a vacuum pump and bag to create the consolidation pressure that I needed.

At this point I simply epoxied in the hardware necessary for the fuel cap, attach points, and fuel petcocks. I then glued the upper and lower pieces together with filled epoxy adhesive, trimmed, and then used POR15 tank sealing system. At that point, it was time to paint.

Turned out great. Lots of work and a certain amount of expense. However, I wasn't able to find a replacement tank; so, it became a DIY project.
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