Hello! Does anyone have any experience with repairing carbon fibre? The end cap on my Akropovic exhaust has split, there isn't a hole, it just appears to be where the layers of carbon overlap. I am wanting to fix it myself rather than buy a new one. I have watched you tube videos but I am unsure whether to apply some more matting to the under side of just gel coat and polish the top. Can anyone offer any advice please? TIA
Thanks for the replies!
I have bought a kit already so have the matting and gel coat. I was thinking of either patching from underneath or just gel coating the top and sticking the layers back down. Either way, I was hoping to avoid removing the cap itself with the patching being done by removal of the baffle. I know access would be tight but the patch required is relatively small. The cost to replace, after ordering the parts from the US and paying customs charges, would be in excess of $200 I think. If this doesn't work, then I may remove the end cap and get a stainless one fabricated instead. A quick question about the rivets, can you not use normal alloy ones? They don't seem structural really and as long as I keep my bike clean, which I do anyway, they shouldn't corrode, so would they be ok?
Usually you want to make the repair patch as large as possible to spread any stress. A very small patch around the crack may well crack again at the edges of the patch. I presume the cap may get more vibration than you might expect.
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