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Created on: 04/05/10 08:54 AM

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loadedmind


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Carbon Fiber
04/05/10 8:54 AM

Does anyone have links for carbon fiber replacements on the ZX-14? Preferably U.S. if at all possible since I'm going to be paying enough for the carbon fiber alone. My plan is to carbon fiber every visible plastic piece (cept for the lights and windscreen and stuff, obviously) on the bike eventually.



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privateer


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RE: Carbon Fiber
04/06/10 4:18 AM

search carbon fiber on the forum, the links are everywhere.

I personally have replaced all my cowling (including tank cover and tail) with cf and have posted links to the supplier as have others. Beware though, it doesn't often fit right, so a dremel tool and a drill and a few small files come to mind as often used thus far. As soon as it get it buttoned back up I'll post a picture.



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unclephil702


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RE: Carbon Fiber
04/07/10 11:07 PM

I have seen a few suppliers on E-Bay and I am wanting to start buying pieces. Who has the best product?

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RE: Carbon Fiber
04/08/10 4:43 AM

MDI CarbonFiber provided most of my cf, they have an eBay store. I don't have time this morning to mess trying to get links to format properly on this website.

MDI's cf is vacuum pressed and very high quality. You have to watch them though, they do a terrible packing job and I have had to send back an upper cowl and two main side cowls and the tail cowls for replacement because they didn't pack them well enough and they got marred and even a few cracks from package damage. But they provided good replacements, and the cf is gorgeous thin.

Warning on MDI CarbonFiber, somewhat on others, don't expect it to go on like OEM plastic. The belly cowls don't meet at the bottom front right, due to mold distortion. You'll need a rat-tail file and probably a dremel, and any hole a wellnut has to go in, you'll need to drill out slightly. They make the holes in the mold smaller expecting cure shrinkage, but they err on too small because it can always be drilled.

My tail pieces (2, holds the turn signals each side) don't have proper staunchions to hold the wellnuts to which the turn signals are bolted. I had to drill them out *carefully* to get the wellnuts to push down in them.

Above all, cf is NOT like OEM plastic. You will have to modify it to get it to work quite often.

Powerbronze has some good pieces, but limited, and expensive.

Bestem is also on eBay, I got my belly cowl (left, right) from them because everyone else wants you to buy the rear belly cowl (1 piece, have to remove for center stand) as a 3-piece package. No thanks, and eventually I'll put a center stand on anyway.



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RE: Carbon Fiber
04/10/10 3:01 PM

Hi guys
A definate place to check out is Geelong Carbon Craft They are in Australia just down the road from my house as a matter of fact but the do fantastic stuff way better quality than powerbronze and most others that I have come across. They ship all over the world so no probs there and the fit up was very impressive I have never had to re-drill or re-bend any parts I have fitted. I have the rear hugger, large carbon tank protector and the dash inserts.

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RE: Carbon Fiber
04/10/10 6:57 PM

Hey Benny, can you post some photos of your bike with the carbon fibre on please?



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RE: Carbon Fiber
04/11/10 2:20 AM

try these pics out redboot the huggers is a tad dirty in one of the shots but you get the idea


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russty



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RE: Carbon Fiber
04/15/10 5:47 PM

Hey Benny,

Really nice looking bike, Looks identical to mine... except the pipes. Are they slipons or is that teh full system? If its the full CT system, can you tell me about the sound level and below 3k rpm performance? I'm thinking of buying these but am concerned about poor tuning below 3k and the noise. I don't imagine that either of these concerns rate highly in the Brock design process being a drag racer :)

Only one other concern, I have givi panniers fitted, and am wondering if these fit together on the same bike. Could you post a photo from side on? I'd like to compare the position of the mufflers with the standard to see if they will fit under my panniers.

thanks
Russ



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bennythejet


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RE: Carbon Fiber
04/19/10 12:28 AM

Hi Russ Yeah its the full system titanium head to tail bloody nice indeed saved so much weight and also a big thing was getting rid of those shitty cats in the collector before the system splits back to two it gets out so much more heat from the bike noticably big difference. As for performance I have a k&N filter fitted and a PC111 fitted with the street map supplied from Brocks and there is no performance level issues below 3k the system picks it up all along the revs as for sound yeah a bit noisey very grumbly sounds like a v8 supercar deep and throaty but also not offensive I do have a youtube clip of it but I cant remember what its called anyhow I will get a side pic up for you shortly putting on my new pazzo leavers tonight

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RE: Carbon Fiber
07/22/10 8:32 PM

Hi Benny,
Are the dash inserts in your photo also from Geelong Carbon Craft? I had a look at their website, and they don't list them for the ZX14. Does it come with the tab at the front that slides into the groove like the original? I know some of the cheap carbon inserts don't have it.

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RE: Carbon Fiber
07/23/10 5:27 PM

MDI doesn't put a peg on theirs to hook into the prong beside the instrument cluster, either.

No need for it. They don't rattle, or move at all. Besides, as much trouble as the carbon fiber houses have getting pegs, holes, and pillars in the right place, the right height, etc., I was happy as shit to see mine didn't have a peg up there.

As I said, there is no need with carbon fiber to have that attachment on that piece.



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RE: Carbon Fiber
07/30/10 1:10 PM

Yeah mine came with the inserts ready to slide into those metal retainers up the top. They are not listed on his website because they were a one off from him some one ordered them and he made them but they never came to collect them. So when I went down to get the tank protector fitted he asked if I wanted them. I got them rather cheaply too as they were collecting dust so a win win all round

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RE: Carbon Fiber
08/04/10 12:53 AM

Loadedmind, you know I have a solid Black bike. You want to swap plastics, just give me a shout. The '06 bikes had raised Chrome Lettering, not just stickers. I love the Orange.



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low10s


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RE: Carbon Fiber
03/03/11 8:08 PM

i was lookin at the lockhart phillips carbon stuff...is it any good

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RE: Carbon Fiber
03/04/11 7:27 AM

links? please.



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RE: Carbon Fiber
03/04/11 7:33 AM

58Cycle.com has the ram-air covers and lower fairings. I recently purchased the ram-air covers and they match up and look great. Pics coming soon.

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privateer


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RE: Carbon Fiber
03/04/11 11:10 PM


The bike is quite different now, new seat, new handlebars, new windscreen, new pegs, etc. But all the cowling pieces are carbon fiber plus the hugger and ZX10 front fender. All from MDI.


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RE: Carbon Fiber
10/30/17 10:36 PM

Bestem.com make good carbon
this pic is LockHart & Phillips , when i got this, i forgot that i wanted to get a ZX 10 Front fender

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ominousone



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RE: Carbon Fiber
01/02/18 5:26 PM

Has anyone had experience with MotoComposites CF products? I'm looking at the main upper fairing.

Thanks,
ominousone


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