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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-09-2010, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Need some input on body work..

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I recently removed my tail/brake light and turn signals, electing to replace them with a license plate frame which has all the lights built in. It really slims down the back of the bike and I really like the looks! However, I am now faced with 3 holes in the back of the fender where the old brake/tail light bolted on. Can anyone help me understand how to fill these so they can be primed and I can repaint? I've never done this before so any input, tips, or suggestions are welcome.

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1995 VN 750 (bought as 2nd owner 11/2008)
26,440 miles
MF Battery
Stator replaced (55 Days!)
V&H Cruisers
Relocate rear turn signals
Highwayman Saddlemen bags
Wingerline Highway bars
Ear Shave
Rejet carbs
R/R relocate
Coastered
Kuryakin ISO Duallys all around
HD Heritage seat
12" ape hangers

To Do:
Some sort of new grips
Mirrors
Paint Job- should I do it myself?
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Clean the paint off down to the metal, for an inch or so around the holes on both sides, top and bottom of the fender. Get a body shop to fill in the holes with a MIG or TIG welder. Smooth it out and prep for repainting.

I have never done it, just my DIY side thinking out loud.

Maybe more experienced bodymen will offer other methods.

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Repairing holes

You can do it yourself with any mig or fluxcore welder just clean off around the holes and set the welder on low and slowly build up weld around the edge of the holes... grind it smooth prime and you should not ever know the hole were there... it is easier then it sounds....Btw Thanks to those who suggested the fix trick on the auto adjusters.. it cleared up the knock i would of swore was a rod ready to make an appearance out the side of my engine...
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I would recommend mig or tig not flux core. the flux core leaves a lot of spatter around the weld.


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Keep the shiny side up
coastered
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jetted 42-150 2 shims
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inside of tank coated
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another idea if you aren't handy with a welder.. or one isn't accessible.. use fiberglass... glass the underside of the fender as well as the out side. Then use Filler (Bondo) to fill in the low spot if necessary. although I would go the welding rout myself.
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I would be afraid the fiberglass would crack


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Keep the shiny side up
coastered
de-goat and baffles removed
jetted 42-150 2 shims
Earshaved with unifilters
inside of tank coated
spline lube
long Beach Blue Pearl Paint 4/07
Shindengen FH012AA r/r
TPE stator
Exide sc30lfa Battery 28ah 445cca
Saddlemen saddlebags
2001 HD fatboy solo seat
Custom taillight & rear turn signals
Fergy's coil relay mod
Fiamm El-Grande high/low tone horns
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the fiberglass wont crack because you are making a sandwich with the glass an metal, and because the glass would be less than an 1/8 of an inch thick in most places.. we are only talking of making a patch about 1/4 inc in diameter, not a whole fender.. even then you can get a whole fiberglass fender for a motorcycle that doesn't crack. I have been using a fiberglass seat pan on my bike for 2 years now without any signs of stressing or cracking. If you know how to use "Glass" properly, you won't have an issue.
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makes sense I just prefer to burn metal i guess


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coastered
de-goat and baffles removed
jetted 42-150 2 shims
Earshaved with unifilters
inside of tank coated
spline lube
long Beach Blue Pearl Paint 4/07
Shindengen FH012AA r/r
TPE stator
Exide sc30lfa Battery 28ah 445cca
Saddlemen saddlebags
2001 HD fatboy solo seat
Custom taillight & rear turn signals
Fergy's coil relay mod
Fiamm El-Grande high/low tone horns
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makes sense I just prefer to burn metal i guess
I do too.. but not every one has access to a welder.. me included
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Ok, great input, thanks to everyone. But now to let me noob-ishness show through..

I borrowed a welder from a friend to fabricate my luggage rack/seat mount, I think it's a MIG welder- there is a metal alligator clip that connects to the metal and the wire fed from the gun. So I can use this to fill these holes in after clearing the paint down to the metal near the holes? I might strip the whole thing & paint another color. I've only tried to smooth one of the few welds I've made and that didn't go well. The weld was much harder than I'd expected. What is the ideal method for sanding this area smooth enough for primer?

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"Vanessa"
1995 VN 750 (bought as 2nd owner 11/2008)
26,440 miles
MF Battery
Stator replaced (55 Days!)
V&H Cruisers
Relocate rear turn signals
Highwayman Saddlemen bags
Wingerline Highway bars
Ear Shave
Rejet carbs
R/R relocate
Coastered
Kuryakin ISO Duallys all around
HD Heritage seat
12" ape hangers

To Do:
Some sort of new grips
Mirrors
Paint Job- should I do it myself?
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