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Hello All,
Going to be buying one of those Xtreme Fairings and wondered if the extra $$$ for the Fiberglass is worth it?

I'm thinking of getting Plastic, ported, with radio.

That should put it around $700 with out paint.


Ready to get some tunes on my ride :D

Thanks for any input,
VWDigger
 

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Hello All,
Going to be buying one of those Xtreme Fairings and wondered if the extra $$$ for the Fiberglass is worth it?

I'm thinking of getting Plastic, ported, with radio.

That should put it around $700 with out paint.


Ready to get some tunes on my ride :D

Thanks for any input,
VWDigger
I've read reports of warping (caused by sunlight?) on XR and other plastic fairings.
 

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Two seasons and no problems so far
 

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I have the WOC plastic fairing and haven't had any issues, well except when I dropped it in a parking lot and damaged it myself :lol:
 

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If your painter is smart enough to scuff up the surface of the
plastic fairing using 600 grit snadpaper and to use an
adhesion booster as a primer on the scuffed up plastic fairing,
you will have no problems with paint sticking to the fairing.

It would have to get mighty hot for the sun to warp the plastic!
I have had a plastic fairing on my VTX since 2006, and usually park
in the sun for many hours while I am at work. No problems.

Some paints will fade in sunlight though.

Plastic windows can yellow in sunlight over many seasons.
Don't know whether acrylic or the other stuff is worse in that
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When it comes to Fairings, Hard Bags, and Trunks I am all about FIBERGLASS!

Strength, Durability, Repairability

Yeah I know, they can paint plastics, with special prep work - but it still does not hold up as well in high use areas.

I know they can repair plastics, but the material is never the same and very few can get one surface perfect let alone both sides of the repair.

Another aspect, should you get 'artistic' and want to modify the fairing, fiberglass is easier to work with.
 

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I purchased the plastic inner/outer (13" clear windshield) with mounting brackets and their stereo. My total with shipping to Dallas was 859.00. The fairing is at the paint shop at this time. You may have to spend a little more than 700.
 

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Background on Fiberglass / ABS Plastic

Injection molded ABS Plastic properties
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrylonitrile_butadiene_styrene
http://www.polymerweb.com/_datash/abs1.html



Fiberglass properties
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiberglass
http://www.fiberglasssales.com/index.php/why_use_fiberglass/

All that is to say they are both excellent materials and are used in combination with one and other.
I didn't find the prep work or paint on my ABS fairing any more difficult than glass I've worked with. I think I acheived the result I was loooking for.

Ask your painter to wet sand before and after applying a plastic primer for best finish.

Glass or ABS will serve well in this application.

Good luck!

J
 

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I have the plastic Fairing. No problems with paint sticking or warping in Georgia Heat. Use a good painter. :thumbup:
 
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