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post #1 of 19 Old 11-24-2012, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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I realize there's a reason for the way the front fender is mounted on the KLR, but I don't really plan on boar-hogging thru great mud holes in any foreseeable future.......and personally, I just don't like the way it looks. I know others love it, so fine - we've all got our place. (check out the neat new contours of my Seat Concepts kit)

The saddlebags are another example. I don't like the way they look when they're stuck way up and back on the cargo platform, but realize that most people need the room on the seat. I ride alone 100% of the time, so mounted them lower and more forward to get the weight where "I" think it should be.



The stock fender. Way on up there. Today I got to futzing with it. I don't like them sitting right down on the tire, either, so tried for a middle road.



This is better but the stock fender just isn't shaped for this. Let's move it a bit more, just for grins. Added 2 washers on each front mounting bolt and a " longer spacer on the rear bolts.......



To my eye, this is about as good as it's gonna get. I had ordered an Ascerbis fender but ran into problems, so maybe next week I'll try again. Has anyone ever tried trimming the droop snoot on these things ?? I'm tempted to give it a whirl, but gotta ponder on it a bit more.

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What was the issue with the Acerbis?




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What was the issue with the Acerbis?
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IMHO, dropping the stock fender is inviting even more of a sail effect. I'd cut it down or get a new acerbis. They really make a difference.




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IMHO, dropping the stock fender is inviting even more of a sail effect. I'd cut it down or get a new acerbis. They really make a difference.



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Or you can trim it down if you're braver than me.




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IMHO, dropping the stock fender is inviting even more of a sail effect. I'd cut it down or get a new acerbis. They really make a difference.
I'm going to hold off on the Acerbis for a bit and see what choices may be out there. Surely that's not the only option......?? I want to try drilling the sides of the fender the way others have done. They say it really makes a difference in the sail effect.

I may yet cut this one back, JFTHOI. One way or another, it's going to go anyway.
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You can always take it off and ride, see if you feel a difference that matters to ya.




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I'd be worried when the forks compress the fender getting wadded up by the front tire. Are you using the OEM mounting points?
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I also would like a lower front fender for ascetics as I don't really plan on doing much technical riding other than getting onto forestry roads, etc. I have seen a few pictures of KLR's with a lower fender which looks like a standard m/c fender and they usually mention it mounted with a fork brace. I haven't had any luck searching online yet for one. Anyone here have any suggestions or information?
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