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Does/Can Carbon Fiber Melt?

This is a discussion on Does/Can Carbon Fiber Melt? within the Motorcycle Talk forums, part of the ZX6R Forum category; So, I was really bored today and I decided to go out and gut my slip-on. Yes yes, I know....it's stupid loud, and I'm single ...

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Old 05-15-2012, 07:06 PM   #1
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Does/Can Carbon Fiber Melt?

So, I was really bored today and I decided to go out and gut my slip-on.

Yes yes, I know....it's stupid loud, and I'm single handedly bringing a bad name to sportbike enthusiasts, and I'm such a squid, it sounds like shit, and anything else you could bitch at me about.

Now that,that, is oout of the way. I've been wanting to mod my exhaust since I got the bike a couple months ago. I was kickin around doi the gp style and a couple other options.

I just decided to go with gutting my slip on for 2 reasons.
1) it's not permanent...if I don't like it, I can re pack it
2) I like the way the undertail exhaust looks over side exhaust or gp

Anyway, The sound is exactly what I wanted but I have one fear.
I dont know if carbon fiber melts or burns. Went out for a cruise after the work was done and it felt pretty hot...not super hot but hot enough to put the doubt in my head.
So, can anyone answer that question? If it can, what could I use as a heat insulator to protect it?
Thanks guys
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:13 PM   #2
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My muzzly slip on has carbon fiber (I believe it is carbon fiber) around the pipe and it doesn't melt. Hell it is there so you don't burn yourself (what I like to believe) because it doesn't get super hot.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:14 PM   #3
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The packing material that you took out of it IS the insulation, and the carbon fiber & epoxy matrix will be damaged by excessive heat.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:16 PM   #4
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The packing material that you took out of it IS the insulation, and the carbon fiber & epoxy matrix will be damaged by excessive heat.
Understood....
I may throw just one layer back in for a lil protection.

Thank you sir
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:16 PM   #5
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the epoxy will break down and melt but the carbon it's self im pretty sure is good for 3-5k degrees. I mean it's carbon. It's what you get when you burn stuff.
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Dunno after hours of riding I can put my hand on the carbon of my akro and its lukewarm at best the titanium is another subject ...
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Dunno after hours of riding I can put my hand on my akro and its lukewarm at best the titanium is another subject ...
but thats with the packing still inside the can right?
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but thats with the packing still inside the can right?
Oh God thread fail. What I get for skipping around to the bottom. Sorry.
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Oh God thread fail. What I get for skipping around to the bottom. Sorry.
no problem.....we all do it.
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This is a much cheaper exhaust, but i recently had an issue with my new danmoto carbon slip on where the carbon fiber around the baffle began to discolor severely. After a while, it literally became black, and started to warp and wrinkle under the clear coat. Danmoto blamed it on "bad packing" and replaced it promptly.



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holy hell....

well, I guess I will see how long it lasts before I have to order the d&d undertail then.
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holy hell....

well, I guess I will see how long it lasts before I have to order the d&d undertail then.
Haha, is sabotaging your existing exhaust your way of justifying a new one? I like your style.
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holy hell....

well, I guess I will see how long it lasts before I have to order the d&d undertail then.
+1

that, pinebox or jardine. actually anything with dual outlets
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holy shit... first time i've ever seen carbon melt... i didn't think that was possible. are you sure it's actual carbon??
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Haha, is sabotaging your existing exhaust your way of justifying a new one? I like your style.
shhhhhhhhhhh.......Don't want my wife to see comments like that!!
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