After years of watching graphics shrivel up like my sack on a cold winter morning, I finally deceided to do something about it!! A few months ago I was looking at getting an aluminum tank. This would have done the trick, but at $500, I just couldn't pull the trigger. Then I searched in vein for some of those Hot Tops tank covers. None were to be found. Then someone suggested making a shell out of fiberglass cloth and painting it. Well I took it one step further and made a shell out of carbon fiber. The theory being that the gas vapors will come throught the tanks, and escape between the two layers, keeping your graphics on the carbon fiber unharmed! At this point, many of you probably think I'm retarded for doing all of this on a dirtbike, but this bike has seen it's last days in the dirt and is now my street legal supermoto. If I go down on the street, the LAST thing I'm gonna worry about is my carbon fiber tank shell and my graphics!! I got the black and blue carbon fiber/kevlar off ebay. I bought 3 times what I needed, so I'd have some left over to make other bling bling parts with, and in case I screwed up. Cost $90. I bought some resin (ebay $40), and some plastic squegees and brushes at the local Lowes. First, attempt was to vaccum bag it READ ABOUT THAT HERE. That didn't work as the bad got a small hole in it, and leaked slowly...glad I bought extra!! I decieded to lay it up by hand. First, I used an old bed sheet to figure out the shape I wanted. Reinforcing with tape on the cut lines, I cut out my carbon fiber with a good sharp rotary cutter. Then I layed that on the tank. I mixed up about 4 oz of resin, and wet down the top and down the sides using a paintbrush. Be sure to push into the CF so the resin soaks through. I didn't do it all at this point. Just the parts that I could get to lay flat on the original tank. After that area hardened, I wraped the CF around a few more of the curves and applied more resin to those parts. And so on and so forth until the shell was made. It took me about 4 steps to get it all done. Now, with one coat of resin on, I carefully trimmed the excess carbon fiber I had, and around the holes for the shrouds. Be sure when your wetting out the CF to go a little past where you want to trim. CF with a little resin in it cuts a lot better than just plain CF. It will pull and distort otherwise. At this point it's tme to start applying a few more coats of resin, for strength. If you are using a laminating resin, you can recoat at will. A normal resin will require a light sanding before the next coat. Be careful not to nick the fibers! After all the coats are done (I did 5), it's time to sand, wet sand, and rub out like you would if your were doing body work. Then, a few coats of glossy enamel, a quick rub down and your done!! Some of these pics are before I was completely done rubbing everything out...I just got so damn excited!!! Now I'm wondering if I want to cover all that up with graphics or just leave it be....hummmmm.