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Old Aug 08, 2012, 09:11 PM
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 11:33 AM
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Cutting carbon fiber canopy mounts

I replaced my stock canopy with and Extreme canopy that is difficult to put in place due to the length of the CF canopy mounts. I am thinking that if I shortened them it would be easier to put on and take off.

What is the best way to cut CF rods without destroying them or making them rough?
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 11:45 AM
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I replaced my stock canopy with and Extreme canopy that is difficult to put in place due to the length of the CF canopy mounts. I am thinking that if I shortened them it would be easier to put on and take off.

What is the best way to cut CF rods without destroying them or making them rough?
I am curious what other people are going to say, but as far as I am concerned, wrapping a bit of electrical or masking tape around the rod and then cutting it through the tape has worked well for me ...
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 12:01 PM
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I am curious what other people are going to say, but as far as I am concerned, wrapping a bit of electrical or masking tape around the rod and then cutting it through the tape has worked well for me ...
What did you use to do the actual cutting?
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 01:38 PM
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I use a Dremel cutoff wheel... to either cut CF rods or grind them down a bit using the face of the wheel (or a fine file).
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 02:41 PM
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I used 2mm old inner shaft for my front airframe rod. Like North, I used a rotary tool and "cut-off" wheel for both the metal inner shaft and 2mm CF rod. Take your time on the cut...not "too" fast.

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Old Aug 10, 2012, 02:45 PM
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 02:52 PM
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I used dremel cutoff wheel and needle file.
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 03:19 PM
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What did you use to do the actual cutting?
When I cut CF rods, I use a hobby knife. I place the rod on the cutting mat, blade on the mark, then I roll the rod with the knife lightly scoring it each roll until through. It works great.
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 03:42 PM
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I replaced my stock canopy with and Extreme canopy that is difficult to put in place due to the length of the CF canopy mounts. I am thinking that if I shortened them it would be easier to put on and take off.

What is the best way to cut CF rods without destroying them or making them rough?
Never done it, but if I did, I would try a brand new utility knife blade and push it thru with no slicing action.

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Old Aug 10, 2012, 03:50 PM
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Never done it, but if I did, I would try a brand new utility knife blade and push it thru with no slicing action.

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Wow! Really good idea! Wonder where that's been written before... ???
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 04:37 PM
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Wow! Really good idea! Wonder where that's been written before... ???
LOL must have been posting at the same time! But... just wanted to say if it is done that way, a pilot/mechanic may want to sand the sharp edges with a fine sandpaper.
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 05:10 PM
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... just wanted to say if it is done that way, a pilot/mechanic may want to sand the sharp edges with a fine sandpaper.
BD
Yeah, I didn't mention it... but that's how I finish off... I pinch the cut rod end into a small piece of sandpaper in my fingertips and spin it...


... if I have some handy.
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 05:36 PM
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I now like to put a tiny drop of CA at each end and roll off extra on paper. It keeps the cf from fraying, but if you soak the ends too much, you have so sand the ends to fit the canopy grommets well.
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 11:08 PM
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I use a Dremel cutoff wheel... to either cut CF rods or grind them down a bit using the face of the wheel (or a fine file).
+1 On cut and grind with Dremel cutoff wheel, works well for me.WS
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