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post #1 of 15 Old 09-05-2007, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Front fender wobble

What is the best way to prevent fender wobble? I don't notice it unless I put a fender bag on my front fender. I decided to put the bag on with a spare tube in it since I got a flat while riding with my wife on back. Front flats SUCK.

Also, what is the best 12v pump to carry on a KLR? Anyone used the SLIME brand?

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-05-2007, 10:31 PM
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You can purchase a brace for the front fender to help with the wobble and make it stiffer to support the tube bag.

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post #3 of 15 Old 09-06-2007, 03:06 PM
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Get rid of the sail that they call a stock fender, and replace it with an Acerbis Tecnik fender. Really cut down on the front end wobble for me, and they're very inexpensive.
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post #4 of 15 Old 09-06-2007, 04:26 PM
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I just ordered the low profile front fender from Fred at Arrowhead Motorsports. Should have it on next week. My new Doo is coming with it too.

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How are you going to mount that low fender?
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They use clamps around the lower forks just below the fork boots. This allows the fender to move up and down with the wheel, not be stationary.

ufo_superbike_fender.jpg $33 plus shipping.

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post #7 of 15 Old 09-08-2007, 03:45 PM
 
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I put on a KTM fender this morning, KTM part number 503.08.010.300/30. This is not the Acerbis one that people usually install, it's genuine KTM one, and it was only $22.00 at the local KTM dealer. The Acerbis sells for more than that most places.

It's an acquired taste, but I have always liked the way the KTM fender looks on the KTMs and I hate the stock KLR fender. Fortunately my bike is a 2003 so it is already green & black, so I think the black fender looks like it belongs.

New Pirelli MT21s today too, in preparation for my Sierra camping trip in week or so. When my Pro-Taper ATV-High bars get here from Rocky Mountain MC, I'll be done prepping.

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post #8 of 15 Old 09-08-2007, 04:41 PM
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Does that fender bolt right on? Any drilling or modification needed?
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Does that fender bolt right on? Any drilling or modification needed?
The hole pattern on the KLR is just a tad narrower than the predrilled KTM holes, so I had to enlarge them slightly with a round file (like 1/16" per hole), and then added some small fender washers under the stock KLR screws. Other than that, it's an easy bolt-on mod.

I'm taking it back off because I want to use a 1 1/8" hole saw to put a bunch of holes on the lower part that is in front of the radiator to help with cooling. I just got back from the hardware store with the hole saw. ;-)
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OK I cut 12 1 1/8" holes on the centerline and radiator side of the fender. 2 vertical rows of 6 holes. I think it will breathe well now. Next I want to get some plastic / nylon coarse screen and epoxy it over the holes on the inside of the fender to keep rocks & pebbles off the radiator.


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