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post #1 of 5 Old 04-23-2007, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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New fork brace and I learned something new

I bought a Kytechmachine fork brace for the KLR a couple months ago and I finally got my butt in gear and installed it tonight. Nice unit, and HOLYCRAP does it make a difference to the feel of the front end in steering and braking... Much more solid than it's felt for the previous 8,000 miles, that's for sure.


Now for the learning part. For clearance of the fork brace when compressed (hard braking,bumps) you have to cut out a couple sections of the fender. The kit came with a sticker that's a guide. Just slap the sticker on over the 4 mounting holes and it tells you what to trim..

Anyway, I have the fender off and I figure I'll just trim it at work, since I have air die grinders and rotary files at work, which will make short work of it (and get paid to do it is a bonus, too ).

Back to the point.. I rode the bike without the front fender on. Just a few block ride.. Man, I had no idea how much crap gets tossed straight up into the fender. I had a ton of small rocks (from the blacktop road) tossed up into the headlight, and from there I ran through them. I will never again question the importance of the front fender.

That's all.. Fender good, fork brace good. Now Hamm's good and soon, sleep good.

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-24-2007, 08:01 AM
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Cutting the Fender

I had looked into installing a brace but was concerned about cutting that much off the sides of the fender....
I considered making a brace to span across the cut portion to prevent the fender from flexing too much.
Let us know how it works out.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-24-2007, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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I had looked into installing a brace but was concerned about cutting that much off the sides of the fender....
I considered making a brace to span across the cut portion to prevent the fender from flexing too much.
Let us know how it works out.
That's the same thing I was concerned about, too, since I have a fender bag where I carry my rain boots, jacket, and gloves. They don't weigh much, but it's still weight.

If all else fails, I'll fab up a brace out of aluminum. One project turns into another project. Isn't that how it goes??

With this kit, I'm cutting about the bottom 1/3rd of the area where the fender goes around the forks. I know it'll take away some strength. Just to see how much.

I'll report when I'm happy with the final product.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-24-2007, 12:36 PM
 
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Haven't installed mine yet

I have a brace from Dual-star and just haven't gotten around to installing it yet.
Primarily due to concerns about the fender.
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