Introduction: ZIP Tie Quad Repair

I purchased a 1986 Honda TRX 240 ATV.  It was in good shape for the age and ran well but the plastic body parts were less than optimal.  My plan was to find some body parts on eBay and replace the sections.  Needless to say after I started looking around, I either could not find much that looked better than mine or was unrealistically priced.

I decided to use red zip ties to hold the body parts together to keep things from getting any worse until I can find an inexpensive replacement.

The steps are very simple and can be used to keep almost any break in a plastic body part from getting worse.

1.  The first step it to drill a hole on either end of the break.   You need drill at the point on either side of the split to keep the split from spreading.

2.  Continue to drill holes on opposite sides of the split all the way along the crack.

3.  Try to use Zip Ties as close to the diameter of the holes you drilled as possible.  Begin to thread the Zip Ties into the holes opposite each other and cinch tight so that the connector is on the underside of the repaired body part.  Do not cinch the Zip ties completely tight at this point.

4.  Once all the holes have been filled with Zip Ties (except the ones you drilled at the two ends of each crack), ensure the edges of the crack match up as close as possible.  Now tighten all the Zip Ties as much as possible while keeping the body panels aligned.

5.  Enjoy your newly sutured creation - I think I might keep it this way...

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jnokes (author)2014-10-14

I did the same thing

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bunit121 (author)2012-11-28

you should have looked up how to plastic weld and just sanded down the beads and touched it up a bit or you can use bondo and then sand it down and painted it

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PaleoDan (author)bunit1212012-11-29

Thanks but I was only looking for a "quick fix" - if I ever decide to make it permenant, I will look that up. For now it is working like a champ and with the mud, you really can't tell.

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freethetech (author)2011-08-28

My cousin rides quads in many races. You'd be surprised how many quads he's done this to, over the years. He likes the look of it, to be honest. It looks kind of cool, after a while.

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