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post #1 of 9 Old 11-04-2013, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Front fender/skid plate bind

Two days ago on a rough washboard my front fender hung up on the top of the skid plate. Fortunately I was on a straight and able to coast to a stop, but that could have ended my day. I'm glad the fender is plastic and cracked and I was able to dislodge it. Anybody else had that happen and is there an after market fender that might be more suitable for off road or any other fix. Thanks for your input.
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-04-2013, 06:38 PM
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I have had contact with a PWD skid plate system and front fender at full compression. Contact was minimal with superficial paint removal. What skid plate do you have? Have you set the sag on your forks?
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Not sure, but I believe "Kitesurfer" may have had the same thing happen to him at the Iron Horse back in May......???? Might go back and review his threads to see if what I say is correct.......he might have found the reason why??

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Skid plate

Good question on skid plate. Dealer ordered and installed it before I purchased the bike. After I got home I removed it and reinstalled it with the front of the plate behind the engine crash bar. I also reversed the u bolts with the nuts on the engine side. That probably gained almost an inch of clearance. Also good advice about dampening down the front end. I assume info is in the owners manual?
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Touratech makes a fender but it's very expensive and is too short to protect the radiator plus it doesn't cover the forks. I would like to put a '12 fender on mine but I don't know if the bolt holes line up.

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I would like to put a '12 fender on mine but I don't know if the bolt holes line up.
They don't.

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I believe Mark444 is right, Kitesurfer wrote about the same thing happening to his 2012 650 back in May of this year. Worth a look, I'm sure. Here's a link for setting up your suspension:
The Science and Black Magic of Suspension Setup
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This happened to me... very scary!

I had to remove the Happy Trails highway pegs (which mount to the front of the skid plate).

I'm still not sure why it started happening because I went for years without a problem- perhaps the front suspension is not quite as stiff as it used to be.
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I believe Mark444 is right, Kitesurfer wrote about the same thing happening to his 2012 650 back in May of this year. Worth a look, I'm sure. Here's a link for setting up your suspension:
The Science and Black Magic of Suspension Setup
I remember KiteSurfer talking about it at the 2013 Eastern Rally too. Here's his post: https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...ety-issue.html

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