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Replacement Side Covers 14 Sep 2020 12:28 #835002

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Hi Folks,
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.
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Replacement Side Covers 14 Sep 2020 12:34 #835003

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That’s awesome. I’d be interested in that same left cover without the badge and “made in USA”
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Replacement Side Covers 14 Sep 2020 15:23 #835022

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These folks get $90 each except for z1 covers which are surprisingly priced at $30.

americanclassix.com/kawa_plastic_covers.html
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Replacement Side Covers 14 Sep 2020 16:24 #835028

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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.
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Replacement Side Covers 17 Sep 2020 11:39 #835227

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You might want be concerned about the printing material's compatibility with paint...I have no real knowledge except that some types of plastic can be difficult to paint.

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Replacement Side Covers 17 Sep 2020 17:37 #835243

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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.

Good luck with it.
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Replacement Side Covers 18 Sep 2020 08:16 #835269

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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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