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    Carbon hugger & mudguard

    Ok so it appears that my project is not finished like I first imagined!!!

    Ive just bought some carbon deflectors and infill panels so now I need a hugger and mudguard to finish this part off!!

    Seen a couple on Ebay but theyre not genuine ones and I am always a little uncertain when I cant see them in the flesh.

    Anyone know of a hugger and mudguard in good condition that may be available?

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    Quote Originally Posted by a15cro View Post
    Ok so it appears that my project is not finished like I first imagined!!!

    Ive just bought some carbon deflectors and infill panels so now I need a hugger and mudguard to finish this part off!!

    Seen a couple on Ebay but theyre not genuine ones and I am always a little uncertain when I cant see them in the flesh.

    Anyone know of a hugger and mudguard in good condition that may be available?
    Don't forget a carbon dash too

    Rob

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    Ive found one of those and the top cover!!! It just never ends

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    Carbon heelplates and swing arm covers too, don't forget those.

    I have carbon stuff dripping off my Mille including the swing arm covers but they were a complete bitch to fit properly.

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    Ive looked at the swing arm covers but would like to see a pic of them fitted.

    Im going to replace the rearsets at some point so heel plates are down the list.

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    I'll see if I can take a few closer snaps of the swing arm covers. The problem you have with them is they are done from moulds taken directly from the swing arm so they are an absolute exact fit. In short this means that anything, be it a bead of silicone adhesive or some fairly thin high strength trim tape ends up with the carbon cover sitting "proud" at one end or the other of the swing arm when its fitted. Kinda hard to explain. It's like you can get it to stick perfectly at one end but as a result, it will pop off slightly at the other. Try then to apply pressure to the end that has just popped off and eventually the other end that was previously sitting on ok, pops off. This was despite fitting them then taping them up tight with masking tape and leaving them overnight so pressure was applied to them for a fairly long period of time. In the morning about 10 mins after the masking tape was removed, one end of the cover started coming away from the swing arm. Frustrating isn't the word.

    What I ended up doing to my offside one was using number plate adhesive fixing blocks which are about 5-6mm thick. This means that the cover will stick on perfectly level and uniform along its entire length and only sits proud off the surface of the swing arm by a couple of mm. Looks much better. My nearside one is still stuck on using the first method I tried, I've still to remove it and do it properly with the 5-6mm fixers on that side. As I said, I'll try and get a few pics to explain it a bit better.

    There are swing arm covers which fit on not only with adhesive of your choosing but with one screw at the chain guard/shock end and a sort of metal retaining strap which goes around the inside of the swing arm. I had one of these a few years back manufactured by a company called CarboTek. It was a much better thought out solution and also incorporated a chain guard/sharks fin on the lower run. However, I removed it at one point to clean the swing arm during a pre-summer overhaul and when I refitted it I didn't for some unknown reason, use any silicone in conjunction with the small screw and retaining strap. As a result of some *ahem* over enthusiastic riding it blew off one day on my way home from work and shattered into a million bits, what was left of it ended up on the central reservation.

    The only pics I have of the bike with the offside carbon guard fitted, I'll grab some closer ones :-





    The older CarboTek one from a few years ago :-



    The other downside that was quite surprising given that carbon fibre is supposedly fairly resistant to heat was that the temp from my Renegades has wrecked the surface laquer where the exhaust pipes run closest to the swing arm. It's done the same to the leading edges nearest the shock on my carbon rear hugger. The damage is fairly hidden away from the eyes as it is sat under the exhaust but its still rather annoying.
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    acro i have a carbon hugger spare

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    My mille has a full carbon fibre fairing , rear hugger, chain guard, foot protector , swing arm and frame covers , and engine casing protectors oh and dash , front mudguard its never ending

    Eddie

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    Hugger now fitted and off the list!

    Mudguard and swing arm next I think lol

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    Be careful, If you get it from different sources it may be a different weave. If it's then near some other carbon part it will look different to it. Well annoying. I had a hugger and chainguard that were different weaves. Fortunately the hugger got smashed when a bolt got stuck in my tyre, so I then got a new hugger same place as I got the chain guard. Griff's. He has some great stuff, not sure if he still gets it but if he has any in stock the guy who made it was a carbon genius, used to work for exhaust companies and aircraft companies, all sorts. Proper real deal carbon, not just a self taught half arse- like the person who made my first hugger.

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