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Old 02-01-2010, 08:03 PM
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Default High Front Fender

Been thinking for some time now about exploring the possibility of mounting a high front fender on my 06 Vee. I have seen many variations of this, some of which I really like and some that I think need to be put in the garage and left there. Has anyone explored the idea of using a newer model KLR650 front fender on the Strom? If not the entire fender then maybe just the front part as a beak. I haven't seen that combination and thought it may have some merit. What do ya think?
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:26 AM
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I am currently building a plug for a "high fender" at work during my breaktimes. Build the plug, build a mold from the plug, layup a fiberglass fender out of the mold.

I have not decided whether the fender will be mounted underneath or on top of the bottom forkclamp. I will post photographs when I am done.

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I mounted a fixed beak below the headlites and fashioned a mini sub-fender that mounted to the bottom of the fork brace. When I rode on wet roads (after a rain but not raining) I got very wet from spray coming up through the fairing.
I took it all off and put the stock fender back on and now stay dry. My point is that a high fender needs to wrap around the back of the tire down to about the radiator to deflect water.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:36 AM
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I am currently building a plug for a "high fender" at work during my breaktimes. Build the plug, build a mold from the plug, layup a fiberglass fender out of the mold.

I have not decided whether the fender will be mounted underneath or on top of the bottom forkclamp. I will post photographs when I am done.

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I'll look foward to seeing what you came up with. Are you working on a full fender or a beak?
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I mounted a fixed beak below the headlites and fashioned a mini sub-fender that mounted to the bottom of the fork brace. When I rode on wet roads (after a rain but not raining) I got very wet from spray coming up through the fairing.
I took it all off and put the stock fender back on and now stay dry. My point is that a high fender needs to wrap around the back of the tire down to about the radiator to deflect water.
I can sure see that happening. Of those that I have looked at I like the looks of the full fender best. The beak sometimes just lokks like something is missing.
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My hope and plan is to; mount a custom built fender/beak somewhere underneath or on top of the bottom forkclamp. As to the rear of the front tire, I will do something. I have not made up my mind as to whether I will make a rear fender portion attached at the points where the OEM fender is, (Like a BMW or KTM), or basically finding a piece of aluminum and welding it to the front of my skidplate.

At the same time that I am doing this, I am relocating my oil cooler. It is going to be mounted vertically, ( A Jagg 3090), on the left side of the forward cylinder head. By doing this, I can forget about it hanging out down below and I can block that area off with an aluminum plate.

All of my OEM fairings are being removed up front. I am installing a Buell Ulysses dual headlight and making my own minimal fairing.

There is another thread where I have posted some "inspirational" photos that I am drawing ideas from. I might be on the 3rd page of that thread.

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There is a thread on the forum, "Mounting up a beak", that you may want to look for just for ideas.
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DO IT!!!

If you don't use the whole thing... just remember you are leaving your rad and oil cooler open to rocks.. etc.. from the tire. You can always get a rad protector though to help reduce the chances of that though.
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DO IT!!!

If you don't use the whole thing... just remember you are leaving your rad and oil cooler open to rocks.. etc.. from the tire. You can always get a rad protector though to help reduce the chances of that though.
I would prefer to use a full fender rather than he beak. What kind of fender did you use and where did you get your hi mount brake lines?
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I found this thread on ADV last night. Looks like a good compromise that would be cheap and effective unless your getting into some real sloppy stuff. Check it out, maybe it will be helpful.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=335665
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First it's the high fender...then you end up doing what this guy did: Rebirth of a Wee Strom

When does it stop?!
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