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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-09-2006, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Shortening a carbon fiber can

Hey, I recently got a hindle cf slip on for my 04RR. It sticks out farther than I like, so I would like to cut it down a few inches. However, I dont know what the correct tools would be to cut/drill the carbon fiber. Would a dremel with a cutting disk work? If anyone has cut down a CF can that has any tips or lessons learned, they would be much appreciated.
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I don't think you'll have alot of luck trying to cut CF as it usually is very brittle. Maybe better off sending it back and getting a better fitting pipe/can. I'm sure if it's possible someone will post up a way to do it though.
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If i were you i would call thomas at he should be able to give you some tips on how to do it and everything.

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Searched google and got this...

How do I cut it?
For the thinner pieces (.020 and smaller), you can actually just use a good pair of scissors. Thicker material you may be able to use a tin-snips, but the optimal method is to use a band saw or scroll saw. Fast-cutting, as with a jigsaw or circular saw tends to make a lot of dust, and can leave a less-smooth cut, so slow-cutting is typically better. When using a saw, it is a good idea to protect the glossy finish from scratches, with some masking or similar tape. Finish up the edges with a 100 grit sandpaper to take the rough spots off, then detail with 400 grit. If you're really fancy, you can use a Waterjet or Laser-cutting service. (Although laser-cutting carbon fiber tends to really stink as the material burns!)
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Cutting Carbon Fiber
Avoid side cutters, as this can crush it and separate fibers! These fibers can explode into the air as very fine particles that can enter the skin and eyes. ALWAYS wear safety goggles AND gloves! Do not inhale the dust created when sawing and filing. ALWAYS use a face mask!

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a very fine toothed band saw would work - basically, anything that cuts perspex
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