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post #1 of 10 Old 12-29-2014, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Kenda Big Blocks and fender clearance

I'm getting ready to replace my OEM tires with a set of the Kenda Big Blocks, but just read that front fender clearance could be an issue.

I'm riding a 2014, 650 ADV Wee, does anybody have any experience with these tires and issues with fender clearance? If you had issues, what mods did you have to make to the fender to gain the necessary clearance?

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post #2 of 10 Old 12-29-2014, 12:17 PM
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Yea, I'd like to know what to do about this, also.
With my forks raised 10mm, it doesn't look like there's any room left to lift the fender any. I'm trying to avoid having to mount the fender on the lower clamp.

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Different bike but my buddy with an 08 Vee has been running Big Blocks for a few seasons and hasn't touched the front fender. In deep sticky mud it will rub in the inside of the fender but that's the only time he's had trouble with it.
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I'm getting ready to replace my OEM tires with a set of the Kenda Big Blocks, but just read that front fender clearance could be an issue.

I'm riding a 2014, 650 ADV Wee, does anybody have any experience with these tires and issues with fender clearance? If you had issues, what mods did you have to make to the fender to gain the necessary clearance?

Thanks for any help.
I rode one of the 2012 demo 650's on dirt with big blocks, no problems. It might wad up with really sticky mud, but nothing was catching on that ride.

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Two considerations I have

#1. There are places I want to go that require more traction from the front tire than what the Anakee 3 can give.

#2. The Anakee 3 is enough to rattle rocks into the fender, so I can imagine what a more aggressive tire will do. (As of today I'm thinking Mitas 07 Dakar for the front.)

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Great info, thanks

I'm headed down to Baja in a couple weeks and have a set of the BB's waiting for me in San Diego, sounds like I'll be alright since I have a sneaking suspicion that the chances of running into any deep, sticky mud on this trip will be about zero.
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Last March, my daughter and I played in Death Valley for 4 days. She was on a 06 DL650 and I was on my 05 DL1000. I installed Kenda Big Block tires on both bikes and had no clearance issues. I was definitely a little nervous looking at the tires on the wheels, but they mounted right up and we rode 500 off road miles with no problems. They are REALLY different on the pavement. I had to push hard to get the bike to lean, but once it got past a certain point, it fell into the curves nicely. The nasty rocky road out to the Racetrack was handled just fine. After we got back, we met a guy in camp with a new Tenere and he had to turn back since the stock tires went all over the place. Titus Canyon was a breeze. We stayed on two track as we were looking at scenery and not pursuing the 'death ride'. The Kendas made the weekend a real pleasure
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It sounds like clearance wont be an issue, but if you feel the need, it should not be hard to raise the fender a bit. At a minimum, I found it easy on my 06 1000. 4 little pieces of flat aluminum from hardware store, drill a hole in each end, bolt one end to mount tab on fork lower, bolt fender to other end. Raised mine just over 1". Brake line just barely clears fender, but is fine. I have ridden plenty of goooooey mud with my Mitas E07s (which can pack up fairly quickly), and never had an issue with it.

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I'm going to resurrect this thread since I'm starting to plan my next trip down to Baja this coming January; first off, as a few noted, tired clearance was not an issue, although it was pretty dry so we never ran into conditions where mud might pack up between the tire and the fender.

Now a word about tire performance: I installed these down in San Diego before crossing the border, we rode a total of 1,200 miles in Baja and over 500 of those were in the dirt, which included some really gnarly sections that would have best been ridden on a 450. Once out of Baja, I rode the final miles back to PDX on I-5 and have been riding the same tire since, which are now really starting to show signs of wear. (I ride to work everyday) Bottom line for me is that I will certainly buy another set of these tires, they are priced right and have given me over 5K mile of good hard riding (way more on payment than I would prefer)
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