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Well after debating on the Touratech mud fender i decided its never in stock and its very expensive.

I did alot of searching on the site here and couldn't find anyone who made there own from the stock fender so i took the plunge and did it myself.

I raised the front fender up approx .75" and drilled new holes. I'll get some black hole plugs to cover the old ones soon.

I then trimmed the sides off the fender and removed 3.75" from the back of the fender. I am debating on removing some lenght from the front but have not decided on that yet.

Heres some pics. It was raining today so sorry for the dirty bike pics, it was a last second pic before we rode home.

I lowered the front of the bike down on my lift with straps and it appears there won't be any clearance issues with the back of the fender to the radiator. Its close but does not hit.

Pics are taken beside a stock 08 Strom to see the difference.





 

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oh, and i wouldn't cut the back fender as much as i did. At 3.75" off the back, the mud cakes up on the little rubber flap hanging from the rad on down. Just a take on the rad, but misses it for the most part.
To be safe i'd only cut 3" or so off of it. But to late for me! ;)
 

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Ha, Gravehunter what are thoes tires. I have been looking for a more aggressive tires for my strom, so I can do a dirt trip across Upper Michigan.
Thanks for the pics. That looks just like what I am looking for.

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Ha, Gravehunter what are thoes tires. I have been looking for a more aggressive tires for my strom, so I can do a dirt trip across Upper Michigan.
Thanks for the pics. That looks just like what I am looking for.

Saginaw

They are Continental TKC's. Radials.

I am very impressed with them. Once your over 5-10 mph you don't feel the knobs on them at all. Very good on road traction and cornering and WAAAAY better for gravel and dirt roads(mostly what i ride).

Only down call i see they don't last very long. But they last long enough for me vs going back to a more street tire.
I've got 4600 miles on the rear and its just about t the wear bars on it. I'd say 5000 miles is all she's going to go. Front has the same amount on it and has 1/4 tread life left i think. I'd guess she'll go 6000-7000 miles. I'll soon find out.

My shop is back behind my house and when its wet out from rain its MUDDY. I got stuck today trying to get it out to go for a ride. LOL A mud fender was a must. I used up all the extra clearance i gained from raising the fender today. :D
 

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Thank you for your experience. The mileage is ok with me. I just want to make a trip or two this summer. Do you play with air pressure? I think some of the roads I will be taking will be sand and wonder if air pressure will be a factor. I have had some bad experiences on mud with the Tourance tires I have now. By the way where are you. I live in the northern lower Michigan. No riding yet this year. bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbboooo
 

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I've been running 30lbs in the front and 32 in the rear. They are a 35lb max air pressure tire.

They are a world of difference in mud.
I've not had them in sand before, but using ATV tire experience a digging tire doesn't do well in sand because they just dig a hole and bottom you out. So i would think they would be worse in sand than a street tire. But i couldn't tell you from experience. I do know of a place i can get down to the sand bar by the river.. maybe i'll go test them out. :)
 

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What your saying makes sense. My experience with the Tourance's is they aren't very good in sand. Maybe I will have to do some practice and get better. what I have may be the best. If you can try your's out your in put would be great.
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I like the look and better functionality, however, I'm not sure I'd take much of anything off of the back. But, the front of it looks much better than stock.
 

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I like the look and better functionality, however, I'm not sure I'd take much of anything off of the back. But, the front of it looks much better than stock.

Yah i kinda wish i wouldn't have trimmed the 3.75" off the back now. But too late. I was going to trim the front as well to make it more in proportion, but havn't done it yet.
 
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