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Found this during my pre-race inspection the other night. New Shrouds were supposed to be here today but have been delayed until after my next race this Sunday. It might hold up but I think I'd like to add a little insurance if I can...

Thanks in advance....

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Bonzai :)

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Duct tape (cloth reinforced) for sure - better known in mechanical circles as 100 mile an hour tape. Fixes anything - I keep a few strips taped to the top of the back part of my front mudguard all the time. :)

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drill a hole on each side of the crack and zip ty them together, do this in 1-3 locations. I have done this a few time with rear fenders and it works well (you need to wire it when it gets muddy) Later,

Garrett

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Originally posted by banffboy:

zip ties

I like to call it the frankenstein fix :)

Yamakaze - that is your right shroud that is broken right? Too bad it wasnt your left. I have a left OEM shroud sitting right here next to my computer that is in perfectly good shape. The right one is cracked in the identical same place as yours.

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drill small holes around the crack and safety wire it. Some mig welding wire also works well. Twist it on the inside and it will barely even be noticable.

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Try to epoxy (rough the plastic up first) a large, thin fender washer on the outside. You may need a longer bolt since that one is recessed. It will help spread the load while "holding things together".

I've gone so far as to actually drill 3 holes around the perimeter of the washer and rivet (use rivet washers on the back side) the plastic and washer together. Surprisingly tough. A good tough piece of plastic also works (like a 'free' semi mudflap found along roads everywhere).

Zip-ties work sorta, but act like a "hinge" and allow flop. I used the plastic piece of mudflap and a hot melt glue gun to fix my kid's broke-in-half rear fender from underneath. Worked so good for so long that I did it to the new fender to reinforce it.

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I hate to give away my BIG secret on how to fix plastic but here goes. (I was hoping to get in Trail Tips someday)

Go to WalMart and get a fiberglass repair kit. Trust me, the best plastic fix you will ever find.

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Thanks Guys....I think I got a good temporary fix for this race...I am taking the duct tape with me just in case.

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Bonzai :)

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Wow! My doctor doesn't do stitches that nice! Should still leave a really "butch" scar, though! :)

Nice job, Dr. Yamakaze

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That is a nice repair. Whenever you have a crack in anything, it's a good idea to drill a small hole at the end of the crack to keep it from growing.

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Love the sew job!

What kind of digital camera do you have Yama?

I've just been using the digital camera that is part of my camcorder. It works ok, but I like the clarity of your pics.

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