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Fiberglass fairings...

Is there any benefit of fiberglass over ABS???


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Short answer: No

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Fiberglass fairings...

Why is it not better? Less flexible? Crack prone?


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In my opinion..... The ABS is very prone to cracking under certain stresses, especially closer to bolt holes and other attachments.
The fiber glass front race nose cowl I had for my ZX7 was heavy duty.... thick, well made and when I crashed with it did not crack and had barely any rash scaring to show.... where as the abs stuff was a mess.

I just picked up a race glass kit off my friend Nobody's buddy in Vancouver..... It is very thin... distorts very easily but I would think it is lighter then OEM for sure. Most likely stronger then the OEM stuff as well.
But.... I have not crashed with it it.... yet.... so can not say for sure..... LOL

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Cheaper than OEM,very strong and (if from japan) usually as light or lighter and the fit and shape from the top makers(A-tech,Clever wolf Magical racing etc) looks sharper and more refined due to good mold work and material thickness(which is much thinner than OEM)
(shame its usually too large to export though..)

But anything is better than that chinese rubbish though..

who knows what kind of plastic it's skewed from(probably bottle caps and bones from executed political prisoners..) certainly aint the same as OEM stuff
and don't get me started on the paint schemes which look all so lovely cept the paint is also nasty cheap and will never harden(you can mark it just by looking at it)
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In my experience OEM ABS is better wear and crack resistant. But fibreglass stuff, if well made, is lighter (better for racing when saving weight matters).

Best aftermarket racing bodywork, in all the reviews I've seen, is armourbodies. Had a set and it was awesome. Super flexible and resistance to cracking. http://www.armourbodies.ca/
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Always a conflicting opinion from Kyle....... never fails, LOL !!!

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Lol. No biggie here. My experience has been different than yours is all.

From my experience my guess is OEM uses abs for durability, race aftermarket (fiberglass) for lightness.

I've had some nice but heavier fiberglass on my race bike too.
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Fiberglass fairings...

Well crap guys you have me on the fence now....I've always read that fiberglass fairings aren't as good as OEM ABS fairings for the street and are a pain to fix when they break and crack....so is it worth buying a full for $300


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OEM fairings are typically not abs plastic. If fiberglass was cheaper, lighter, and stronger then manufacturers would be using them. If you go down you will likely crack the fiberglass fairing and unless you or someone you know are amazing with fiberglass you might as well throw it away

Now granted there are folks making extremely high quality fiberglass fairings that are just as good as oem if not better. Just not for 300 bucks

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