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post #1 of 52 Old 02-16-2009, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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08 Acerbis Fender Mod

I got an Acerbis supermoto fender. I wasn't sure how to handle the guide for the speedo cable (there is none on the Acerbis of course). I think I could have let it hang, but I didn't want to. I contemplated moving the old guide to the new fender, but I didn't want to risk screwing up two fenders and I wanted to keep the stock one useable (anyone want to buy a stock 08 fender?). Also, the guide is big and it would have been hard, maybe impossible to get it to fit. Then inspiration struck.

I will show you what I did, and there is a brief review of the new fender at the end.

The idea I had was that I could buy a cabinet handle and use it as the guide. Not on the same level as discovering a flaw in the string theory, but not a bad idea. Got one at ACE for about 2.50. So, I put a piece of paper over the old fender holes and rubbed them so they would mark the paper and made myself a guide. Then I drew the holes onto the sticker grid which came from Acerbis. Drilled and attached the "guide". Pictures:

Here are the fenders side by side:



Close up of the Acerbis with the 'mod':



Then I mounted the fender...had to drill one hole out a little bigger. No prob. Mounted up fine and got the speedo cable re-attached. Pictures of the mounted guide and the bike (I think the new fender looks nice):





It was raining/hailing so I only took a short ride (wanted to make sure the speedo was working), but I couldn't resist seeing how the new fender worked. Did a quick blast on the freeway. The difference is amazing. I wish I had done this a long time ago.

Cost of Mod:
$25 give or take from Amazon (free shipping)
$3 for the cabinet handle

Having ridden the bike the way it is now, I don't see how you could spend a better $28. Probably not a great fender for the mud, but if you use your bike like I do (on the road...unless the sandy/pebbly shoulders of HWY 1 count as off road...), then by all means, consider this a huge endorsement. Felt WAY more stable at speed.




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Great job! I'm more impressed with the cable guide farkle but the fender looks good too.

Let us know how it does in the wind. My stock fender acts like a sail. In a strong headwind I nearly have to "tack" to go in the intended direction. I'm sure the stock hand guards aren't helping either.
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Great Job. Now that is KLR modification at it's best...Simplicity!!

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Told you that you'd figure it out!
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Thanks y'all.

Flash...I'll post more when I get to take a decent ride...it has been raining and hailing like a bastard here. But...I did take a short ride after I put the fender on. Got it up to about 85...not for long...wet roads, but the difference was more than I had hoped for. It really does feel totally different. I was amazed at how big the stock fender is once I had it off. The picture of the two side by side is pretty interesting. Should have done this sooner.

I'll let you know more when/if we ever stop getting pounded here.




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Very good report with photos. That is a nice fender and I do like it but... I am surprised you did not notice the water from the front tire coming over the windshield and onto the rider. I like that fender but it is hanging in my garage and was replaced with a 2003 KTM front fender ($23)(now $28.53). The most rain I rode in with that fender was 50 miles one day and 300 miles the next.

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Tim, it has been raining so hard I was getting blasted from every direction. Didn't seem to be kicking up too much, but someone could have been spraying me in the face with a hose and I probably wouldn't have noticed.




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I never really had a problem with a lot of rain water being thrown back on me while riding, but I am completely wet and soaked anyway, I never noticed much of a difference between the rain and what was being thrown up from the wheel.

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Heads up Flash...

It finally stopped raining. Rode the bike to work (including across the GG bridge in massive crosswinds). Man, do I like the new fender. Huge difference.






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Acerbis Fender Mod Follow Up

I was looking at replacing my fender as it really is a sail and I found your article, great job. After all this time riding with it have y experienced any issues? I saw a few questions concerning spray up over the shield etc, compared to the OEM on normal street riding do you still believe it was much better?

Did the Acerbis fit properly to the OEM mounting position or did you have to use any spacers etc?
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