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    While trying to figure out how to relocate my Tach, I came across this link in Thingiverse:
    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2193905

    I only ran into troubles printing the Top Case. Reversed the drawing and printed backwards.

    https://goo.gl/photos/zreBApDjUn4Yeacm8

    Check out the album.

    I'll be posting more pics as I install it :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumblyPenguin View Post
    While trying to figure out how to relocate my Tach, I came across this link in Thingiverse:
    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2193905

    I only ran into troubles printing the Top Case. Reversed the drawing and printed backwards.

    https://goo.gl/photos/zreBApDjUn4Yeacm8

    Check out the album.

    I'll be posting more pics as I install it :)
    Very cool Mod my friend! I just love it!


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    Very nice!!! Are you taking orders?
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    Hi GrumblyPenguin,

    Thanks for the links and sharing your ideas.
    I've got a quote from an industrial 3d printer here in Aus and am considering having a go..

    The quote from came in at $125 Au including initial setup and express postage with tracking.
    Reckon I'll have a go after next months pay cycle comes around.

    Will follow your pics with interest
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    Not to be a downer .... but ... the quality of the surface is awful
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    Cut out some Lexan Plexiglass and tried caulking last night but ended up smearing it all over the glass. So I'm going to have to clean then polish the glass.

    I'm going to also sand down the case. To make it smoother for a better finish. Some people have suggested putting some Bondo...but I'm just going to test fit it for now. Fully finish it later.

    The print was printed out using MatX which is a prototyping material and is a bit rough on the outside. I may print with some finer material next time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asillito View Post
    Not to be a downer .... but ... the quality of the surface is awful
    I would sand it to half descent surface and edges,

    and then spray it with textured paint of the choice.

    It will cover any minor leftover imperfections. JMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by thevili View Post
    I would sand it to half descent surface and edges,

    and then spray it with textured paint of the choice.

    It will cover any minor leftover imperfections. JMHO
    Ya, and/or could use some type of a plastic armour-all continuing/sealant product. The type they may use on plastic parts on plastic grills or plastic door handles.


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    Its not a bad piece to start with but it does need work. I would sand to get rid of the very ruff parts then you will need to clean very very well with alcohol but do not SCRUB JUST WIPE THE PART a few times. You will probably need some type of adhesion promoter depending on that material (not fimiliar with it personally) then i would prime it with an expanding type primer (spray on with several coats- do not try to cover in one pass) Sand and repeat until you get a smooth paint able surface clean again then paint. You need to make sure that the primer is compatible with both the plastic, adhesive promoter and paint. You may need to use a regular primer that works with the plastic and then go over that with the expandable primer to make sure everything sticks or you may just get lucky and not need all of that but i would definitely use the expanding primer before i messed with the bondo as its much easier to work with and comes in a spray can off the shelf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latinrascal View Post
    Its not a bad piece to start with but it does need work. I would sand to get rid of the very ruff parts then you will need to clean very very well with alcohol but do not SCRUB JUST WIPE THE PART a few times. You will probably need some type of adhesion promoter depending on that material (not fimiliar with it personally) then i would prime it with an expanding type primer (spray on with several coats- do not try to cover in one pass) Sand and repeat until you get a smooth paint able surface clean again then paint. You need to make sure that the primer is compatible with both the plastic, adhesive promoter and paint. You may need to use a regular primer that works with the plastic and then go over that with the expandable primer to make sure everything sticks or you may just get lucky and not need all of that but i would definitely use the expanding primer before i messed with the bondo as its much easier to work with and comes in a spray can off the shelf.
    You've got the right idea.... a little body work and it's perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrg View Post
    You've got the right idea.... a little body work and it's perfect.
    lol from the length of my suggestion it sounds like a lot more then a "little" work but i agree with your description of it being a little bit of work

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    Sanding isn't even needed....just throw it in an acetone vapor bath. Awesome results!

    Here is a link to the process for anyone not familiar.

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Safe...-Acetone-bath/



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    Nice tip Aqwik69dart, that cleans that print material right up. If you wanted a certain color you should be able to get away with just some plastic Paint like that krylon or something similar. Ignore my last post, the video Aqwik posted is what i would look into doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aqwik69dart View Post
    Sanding isn't even needed....just throw it in an acetone vapor bath. Awesome results!

    Here is a link to the process for anyone not familiar.

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Safe...-Acetone-bath/

    Looks dangerous... i'm going to do it. Hope I don't gas myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumblyPenguin View Post
    Looks dangerous... i'm going to do it. Hope I don't gas myself.
    I suggest reading the comments below,

    namely the explosiveness of the vapour.

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    Just do it outside if at all possible and you should be fine as long as you dont do anything stupid like sticking your face over the container and inhaling the fumes while you try to light your cigarette! But if you ABSOLUTELY need to do it indoors be sure to open a few windows and put a fan blowing out in one of them to keep the air moving.
    My disclaimer- Do not try this at home unless you have the proper means and safety equipment to do it in a safe manner, do this at your own risk!

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    Pic of the box with stock
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    Pic of it mounted in thumbnail. I actually don't like it's placement and will be moving it a bit higher up. I didn't have to cut the plastic it fit with stock risers in the little nook. I used 2 sided tape to secure it.
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    It is only dangerous if you don't do it safely in my opinion. Many people have had excellent and safe results....by being cautious and following safe practices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aqwik69dart View Post
    It is only dangerous if you don't do it safely in my opinion. Many people have had excellent and safe results....by being cautious and following safe practices.
    I agree but i felt i had to put in that disclaimer so some nucklehead don't blow his house up with his family in it then want to blame me for my "advise"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latinrascal View Post
    I agree but i felt i had to put in that disclaimer so some nucklehead don't blow his house up with his family in it then want to blame me for my "advise"!

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    That's a lot better than my conversion
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    Hmm I'll have to print one of these out tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aqwik69dart View Post
    You know when you see a warning label on something like a baby stroller warning it's user to be sure to remove the child prior to folding the stroller up! That's only there because some idiot thought it would be a good idea to fold their kid up with the thing and then went back to try and sue the product maker as if it was their fault! Same situation here, lmao.....
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    Hey, I'm the author of the 3d printable tacho case. Glad you found it and like it.
    Been using it on my bike for almost 2yrs now, all good, just occasionally fogging up on colder mornings. I have an update for it, that includes a vent to solve this, just haven't uploaded it yet.
    Here's how it looks on my bike, printed in PLA plastic on an average 3d printer (quality not the best), with no additional surface finish. You can of course make it pretty using some filler, sanding and paint (or acetone vapour if you choose to print in ABS), but you don't see the case that much so I put it on as it came off the printer and been happily using it since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonas View Post
    Hey, I'm the author of the 3d printable tacho case. Glad you found it and like it.
    Been using it on my bike for almost 2yrs now, all good, just occasionally fogging up on colder mornings. I have an update for it, that includes a vent to solve this, just haven't uploaded it yet.
    Here's how it looks on my bike, printed in PLA plastic on an average 3d printer (quality not the best), with no additional surface finish. You can of course make it pretty using some filler, sanding and paint (or acetone vapour if you choose to print in ABS), but you don't see the case that much so I put it on as it came off the printer and been happily using it since.

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    Very nice, great job.

    Would you mind posting a link to your updated version print file once you upload it?

    I know someone with a 3D printer and would not mind giving this a go.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bering_C_Sparky View Post
    Would you mind posting a link to your updated version print file once you upload it?
    Hey,

    just letting you know that I updated the socket, it now has a vent, that should solve the fogging up.
    You don't need to reprint all the files - just the socket.
    You can find the updated version by the same link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2193905

    BTW I have printed it in PET-G filament since, using a decent 3D printer (Prusa MK3) - turned out really nice.

    Happy printing,
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