About Us

E-mail: dcplastic@yahoo.com

 Mailing Address:
 3053 Myers Road
 Sebewaing, MI 48759

 Hours of Operation:
 Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m to Noon and 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
 Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday

As I looked at my collection of vintage motocross bikes, I just couldn’t wait to restore and ride them again. I knew parts would not be easy to find especially plastic which tends to fade and become brittle from age. My name is Don Claerhout, the owner of DC Plastics. My story started back in the late 1990’s. The idea to make my own plastic parts came about when a friend saw my molds that I used to make carbon fiber parts for my modern motocross bikes. He suggested that I try vacuum forming plastic parts.

That project took 4 years of trial and error. The learning curve has been very steep. After figuring out how to make plastic for my own bikes, it was time to make a decision. Do I call it good enough, or really get into it and start a business? I needed to build a high tech vacuum forming machine and start color matching plastic. Well, I love a challenge and DC Plastics was founded.

The most commonly asked question we hear is, “Why is your plastic a satin finish?” Here is a simple answer: We vacuum form all of our plastic. The sheet plastic is heated and pulled over a solid mold. After that, the air is vacuumed from the part. Most OEM dirt bike plastic was injection molded. Injection molding uses a hot liquid plastic that is injected into a hollow mold. The plastic part is then removed once the it cools. Due to the cost factor, injection molding is no longer economical for the volume of vintage motocross bikes that are still running today. The plastic that we use is called High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). It is the same plastic that is used by many injection molding plastic manufacturers. When HDPE is vacuum formed, it turns to a satin finish. If you desire a high gloss finish, our plastic can be wet sanded and buffed. There are other hybrid plastics available, but the gloss is extreme and scratches easier than HDPE.

Most of our side panels come pre-drilled. If you purchase a set that is not pre-drilled, then carefully measure the distance before drilling your holes. The eyelets in the plastic may not be drilled directly in the center. Always remember if the pipe touches the panel, it is going to melt. We sell an adhesive heat tape that will cure the melting problem.

The eyelets on our panels are not as deep as some of the OEM parts. If we were to make the molds as deep as the original part, the eyelet would become to thin and the plastic would crack or break. A simple spacer behind the eyelet should be used to align the plastic into the correct position.

We are now manufacturing plastic for almost all dirt bikes from 1970 to 1990. Check out website for availability for your vintage bike. We also do custom colors for your bike at no extra cost. All you have to do is ask.

We have expanded our range of products from many suppliers such as Uni Air Filters, DG Exhaust, Hot Foot Moto, Western Power Sports, Tucker, HPI Ignitions, HVA Factory, EVO MX, Badbrush Designs, Terrycable, Motion Pro, Ceet Racing, Seat Factory, Twin Air, Clarke MFG and many more. We are your one-stop shop for vintage motocross bikes. Not only do we sell vintage plastic, but we race with it as well. DC Plastics sponsors riders that race around the state of Michigan in our local MVMX series, so if you need something at the races give us a call!