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Old 18 August 2012, 17:21   #1
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suzuki df 70 engine cowling damaged

top cowling has suffered significant abrasion and scratching in a recent storm Any views as to repair or buying a second hand replacement would be much appreciated
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Old 18 August 2012, 17:33   #2
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a picture would be of great use buddy.

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Old 18 August 2012, 17:37   #3
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will post picture

of course your right I'll post a picture tomorrow
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Old 19 August 2012, 04:53   #4
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The cowls do come up for sale from time to time but are usually for smaller engines.

I had a similar problem with a Tohatsu cowl. I did look at repainting it and even went as far as buying the genuine decals for 85! To get the factory look paint finish - a local bodyshop should be able to do it, if you prepare it first, sand, fill any deep scratches, etc. In the end I sourced a new cowl (mint but with hairline crack at one corner) from Extreme Marine.

You could also consider using as is - but fit a splash cover. Not that EBay nonsense, but a made to measure cover with air vents and Suzuki branding. Ribquest (Sheffield) had them on a 4.8m boat in theeir gallery pictures before they were bought over. Looked the mutts nuts. Might be worth dropping them an email to see where they sourced them from?
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Old 19 August 2012, 10:04   #5
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Hi Bill. If it's only scratched , I'd take it to a spray shop. I had my DF90 redone last year. he masked the decals ,painted and laquered it. It looks better than new! and the stickers won't peal off!
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Old 19 August 2012, 11:27   #6
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Hi Bill. If it's only scratched , I'd take it to a spray shop. I had my DF90 redone last year. he masked the decals ,painted and laquered it. It looks better than new! and the stickers won't peal off!
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Mind me asking how much they charged you Ian? Was it for the whole engine or just the cowling?

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Old 20 August 2012, 05:11   #7
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pics of damaged cowling

I attach pics of damaged cowling. I assume it is made from some type of fiberglass. Did you go to a car body shop, or a specialist who does bumpers? I would imagine surface would need to be filled sanded etc.
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easy fix. maybe even able to save the decals. a bodyshop can repair that easily.

worst case you need to order new decals from suzi or q decent signwriter can scan it if you take the cowl in.

i would personally fix that myself and get a shop to spray it. i assume it is a std type black they use if you can find a code online perhaps. you will get very close to it either way.

halfords sell bumper filler which works well on outboard hoods if you feel inclined to repair yourself.

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many thanks Dubrus and all who contributed
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I'd be inclined to leave it as it is and keep an eye out for a replacement. Why I hear you ask ? It will help deter theft for one, plus if you do manage to pick up a spare you can keep it as such until it comes to selling then fit it, so you don't lose any value on the motor. Likewise if you have any days out that would warrant using the better cowl then use it on them too.

Obviously if you trailer the boat and store it at home that will reduce the need to deter thefts anyway, in which case get it repaired.
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