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post #1 of 32 Old 06-15-2004, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Race plastic questions

Sharkskinz, Rennsport, or Hotbodies? Any opinions about quality, durability, and ease of fitment? Hotbodies has a special ~$590 shipped for all...Any and all opinions appreciated.


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Re: Race plastic questions

I just put RENNSPORT on mine and everyone at the track said "damn, that is much better and thicker than _____________" Insert sharkskinz, hotbodies & Cheetah. I'll post a pic of it tomorrow if I get it all back together.

BTW, you can get a better deal on the Rennsports, they are actually cheaper than the hotbodies special and 10 times more sturdy. As far as ease of fitment, I don't think there is such a thing when it comes to race plastic. It took me about 6 hours to get it right, being my 1st. install I took my time and it came out great. As for paint, I went for the "rattle" can look (blue/Yellow). Hey, it's a track bike...right? ; )
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Thanks Tank. I'll give Rennsport another looksee.


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Re: Race plastic questions

I've been in this hunt for a few months now, and everything I have seen, read, and heard leads me to believe that HotBodies is not on par with Sharkskinz, Cheetah, and Rennsport. I have also heard great things about Armour Bodies.
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I had MultiTech on the RC51 and was very happy with it. Not sure if they are still going though; I know they had a fire in their facility a while back. I have Hotbodies now, pretty much just because I can get a set extremely cheap with my racer discount at LP. Fitment was a real pain, but then the SV doesn't have full bodywork stock, so that might be part of it. I'd seriously consider the Rennsport. They seem to be making a real effort to constantly improve their product and make their customers happy.

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I have only tried sharkskinz but have to admitt they have held up well for 3 crashes...one at a buck twenty five. They are pretty cracked up but still functional. Hotbodies are cheaper and it shows on my bros 929.
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Have heard nothing good about the Hotbodies.
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Re: Race plastic questions

Cheetah is barely ok. Skinz is the way to go though I have no exp/ with the Renns.

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Re: Race plastic questions

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Cheetah is barely ok.
Though I have no firsthand experience, I've been told that Cheetah is owned by an original half-owner of Sharkskinz, and that the build process the two use is the same, resulting in very similar products.
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Re: Race plastic questions

I know it wasn't on your list, but don't rule out ARD racing in europe. I just bought a full set and the quality was top notch (and very easy to mount)
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Re: Race plastic questions

Or if you really want want some nice stuff......

http://www.oppracing.com/pricelists/...CBR_900_US.htm



Go for the Titanium Silver

http://www.oppracing.com/products.htm
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Though I have no firsthand experience, I've been told that Cheetah is owned by an original half-owner of Sharkskinz, and that the build process the two use is the same, resulting in very similar products.
I installed Cheetas on a friends bike. They are nothing like Skinz

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Re: Race plastic questions

Thanks all. Just ordered the OPP RACING Silver Titanium...NOT! Nice stuff but a bit out of my bike budget right now. Looks like I have some homework. Thanks for all the input and the new sources.

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Re: Race plastic questions

Any opinions on Flexi-glass? I might have an opportunity to get a decent deal on these... depending on experience with Flexi, I'm gonna go Rennsport...Thanks again for sharing your experience/opinions.



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Re: Race plastic questions

I can't answer your question directaly, but working in the boat buisness I know a bit about fiberglass and have hung a few 'glass bodyworks myself. Fit is purley the design of their mold and since building a mold is time consuming, alot of the cheaper stuff is harder to fit because the molds are not accurate. With the exception of tail sections that are relativly easy to make a plug (plug is the original product that the mold is made around), most race glass is either a copy of someones elses or the stock bodywork with mods. We call that "splashing" a mold off an existing product. You would be amazed at the number of boat builders that do this, especialy with the bottom molds that take time and money to get right, performance wise. How a 'glass bodies feels and performs is based on how it is layed up and with what materials. There are hundred, thousands acutaly, of different fiberglass cloths and mats. Different thicknesses, different weaves, bidirectional, tridirectional, mat of varying cut lengths, etc. Plus you have your other cloths like kevlar, carbon fiber, etc. Each with 100's of different styles. The resin they use mades a difference as well. Traditional fiberglass uses a polyester based resin, but like the cloths, there are many different styles, cure rates, flexabilities, etc. Then you also have your epoxy based resins as well. How nice and durable race glass ends up is based on dozens of factors from material choices to the lay up schedule (how many layers of what cloth), resin choice, to accuracy of the mold itself. So whats the point of all this, I guess that cheaper body work is cheaper because they either are using cheaper materials, fewer layers, or splashed a mold of someone elses bodyworkd and doesnt have to pay off the R&D costs. When talking to these different companies, ask them what materials they are using, how many layers, etc. That will give you domething tangable to compare each other too if you dont have the oppertunity to inspect each product first hand.

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