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Mutazu Trunk fiberglass reinforcement (UPDATED) 5 Years, 2 Months ago  
Hey folks,

Last night thought I would try reinforcing my Mutazu DMY trunk.

Talk about easy! Checked it this morning and the improvement in rigidity is nothing short of astounding, and that's only with one layer of fiberglass in each of the corners and a sheet at the top and bottom. I ran out of material, so I'm off to the store this morning to buy another sheet of cloth and another can of ABS solvent so I can finish it up, then smooth it out and paint it.

Process is simple, all you need is

- fiberglass cloth
- ABS solvent cement (Black is preferable, but in Ontario you can only buy the yellow due to plumbing code)

First thing I did was remove all the hardware, seat and luggage rack from the trunk.

Then I gave it a light sanding with 100 grit paper, then wiped it down with acetone.

I took a metal parts tray and used it as a place to soak the cloth with ABS cement.

Cut strips of cloth 3-4 inches wide and long enough to fit the area you are reinforcing.

Put the cloth in the tray, then daub and spread cement on it.

Once it's coated, place it on the trunk and press it in (wear gloves!)

Repeat until finished.

This photo was taken as I was just about finished my first night's work. This morning I took a razor and cleaned up some of the scraps and bumps.

Tonight I'll cut another full sheet to reinforce sides completely, as well as add another full layer to the bottom and top.

Then all I need to do is re-drill the holes, paint the inside to look pretty, mount the hardware and it's ready to rock.

I think this is a "must do" with these trunks - even what you see in the photo has increased the rigidity remarkably.

Cheers

George
 
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Re:Mutazu Trunk fiberglass reinforcement 5 Years, 2 Months ago  
Pictures????

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Re:Mutazu Trunk fiberglass reinforcement 5 Years, 2 Months ago  
That is a good idea using ABS cement. I've thought about reinforcing mine but didn't like the idea of fiberglass resin. I never thought about using the cement. I might use you idea Thanks.
 
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Re:Mutazu Trunk fiberglass reinforcement 5 Years, 2 Months ago  
I have a can of bed liner paint I was going to paint the inside of mine with. I would think it would have a similar effect. But mine is stiff and rigid, only seems to not be when opening, because of cheap hinges.
 
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Re:Mutazu Trunk fiberglass reinforcement 5 Years, 2 Months ago  
davej wrote:
That is a good idea using ABS cement. I've thought about reinforcing mine but didn't like the idea of fiberglass resin. I never thought about using the cement. I might use you idea Thanks.

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Re:Mutazu Trunk fiberglass reinforcement 5 Years, 2 Months ago  
Just picked up another jar of ABS solvent and more fiberglass cloth...and also a can of black textured Krylon paint that is meant for plastic so I can finish off the interior prior to putting down some nice matting.

Once I get this 100% completed I'll post pics of the finished product. I believe it's going to look fantastic and be strong as a bull - just in time for my ride to Boston this weekend.

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Re:Mutazu Trunk fiberglass reinforcement 5 Years, 2 Months ago  
George now thats using your head great job
 
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Re:Mutazu Trunk fiberglass reinforcement 5 Years, 2 Months ago  
Looking at getting a trunk w/ backrest also. Any recommendations short of a HD unit?

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Re:Mutazu Trunk fiberglass reinforcement 5 Years, 2 Months ago  
I bought mine on ebay for not much mulla. It is like a matuza. I like the reinforcing idea. Mine is stff and secure on the custom rack I mounted. The weekness in the hinge is noticed when opened.
 
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