What are replacement side covers going for these days?
A coworker and I have embarked on a project to print replacement side covers using a large 3D printer we have. So far we've scanned a left side cover from a KZ 900. We're going to print this one this week. Check out these scans.
We will be able to remove the model tag digitally so the sample side cover is not damaged in any way.
An original Z1 sidecover would have the "line" around the press-on buttons, just as your scanned KZ900 model does. This was re-inforcing put into them during manufacture. Repro ones don't have the line, which makes them easy to spot when a seller lies says it's an original. The side covers in the link provided by Texas don't have the line.
As for price....a few minutes on ebay will give you a good idea. Some have the reinforcing lines, which probably means they are made the same way you plan to make them.
Edited to add that I tried to provide an ebay link but for some reason it won't let me.
I have a couple of Z1B's restored, an '80 KZ1000LTD restored, a 1981 KZ550 restored and a 2008 KLR 650 for off road fun. My wife has a 2019 Suzuki DR 650 for on and off road.
What orientation are you planning on printing it? Either way seems to have its pro's/con's.
The layer thickness tends to give it a certain "texture" if you will. Can easily be removed by sanding a little or I've been told you can use acetone (I think) and a rag to melt the surface and give it a smoother finish. If you've used a 3d printer before you will know what I am talking about.
hardrockminer wrote: An original Z1 sidecover would have the "line" around the press-on buttons, just as your scanned KZ900 model does. This was re-inforcing put into them during manufacture. Repro ones don't have the line, which makes them easy to spot when a seller lies says it's an original.
Think hardrockminer is referring to the triangular reinforcing rib molded behind each tab? They're present for stiffening the tabs, to help prevent the them from flexing where the tab meets the body of the cover.
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