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Author Topic: Aircraft wheel pant/fairings for use as a cool Cafe/race tail section?  (Read 2995 times)

Offline coolatula

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Every now and then when I'm out at an auction,at Goodwill,a local salvage/scrap yard or just looking through some old magazines/books I try to look for neat,unique or odd stuff that i could maybe use for something else so...that brings me to Aircraft wheel pants.

I have thought of modifying/cutting and using these before,but haven't tried it before.
Anyone here ever use them? I would think you could pick up used/old one or two nobody wanted pretty cheap.

These are on e-bay and not cheap(they are though as far as wheel pants go),but they are hand-made,very high quality composite with molded-in clear coat etc.
Man,what a shape the front would make for a tail section for a bike!
 Maybe someone here could even photo shop a seat shape out of the pics?
I would ,but I can barely navigate the net let alone do something useful! ;D
I guess the rear could even be used if you were into the Art-Deco,Rocket Ranger look or you are just weird! ;)
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Ultralight-Aircraft-Wheel-pants-fairings-PPC-Trike-NEW_W0QQitemZ130183490855QQihZ003QQcategoryZ26437QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Here's a couple more and I'm sure some,especially if they only have ONE could be bought cheap and save some of us fab work to boot!
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Wheel-Pants-for-Rans-S-6-Coyote-II_W0QQitemZ330198604162QQihZ014QQcategoryZ26439QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

New ones:
http://www.aircraftspruce.com/menus/ap/wheelfairings.html
One from the same e-bay guy. Just block out the big ass tail fin!
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/High-Fin-Ultralight-Trike-Wheelpants-New-cool-design_W0QQitemZ130184747279QQihZ003QQcategoryZ26439QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Used ones from a salvage dealer.
http://www.aircraftpartsandsalvage.com/index.php?cPath=303_80_73&osCsid=8d9216829d18659361d3ebc8ef97c400

For those that want to bang out your own cool wheel pant shapes/bum-stop out of aluminum this could be a useful video.
http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/bvpages/tmWheelDVD.php
« Last Edit: Dec 21, 2007, 12:16:35 by coolatula »

Offline Ease

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Cool, I can see doin somethin cool with those... but the cost isn't necessarily any better than buying a fiberglass seat off e-bay.

Offline coolatula

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Cool, I can see doin somethin cool with those... but the cost isn't necessarily any better than buying a fiberglass seat off e-bay.

Agreed,the cost would not be much different,but I actually prefer the shape of the Aero ones like the blue ones compared to most of the after market fiberglass motorcycle seat available. So,even if it's a wash cost wise you would have a more unique tail piece for your custom built bike.
If you modify one of those it's a pretty sure bet that not too many other cafe/race bikes would have the same type of tail piece.
« Last Edit: Dec 21, 2007, 12:19:19 by coolatula »

Offline Mortikan

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if you get something with a fin you could run a cadillac tail light real well
ride what you own