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post #1 of 8 Old 03-28-2005, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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High mount fender

When I first purchased my DL650 the first two things I noticed, basically longed for, was underside engine protection (skid plate) and perhaps a higher front fender. On a bike that can be used off road like the DL I'm surprised that no one has raised the topic of the low mounted fender. I'm curious if anyone has raised the existing fender or maybe thought about the installation of one of the many aftermarket fenders that are out there for dirt bikes. The only two things I could see that would hinder doing this is the brake fluid lines that cross over the top of the fender (they would have to be lengthened) and the oil cooler would probably need better protection or, better yet, be moved since it would be right in the line of fire from anything being shot up by the tire.

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-29-2005, 01:10 AM
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Isn't it basically mud that you're worrying about, in fender height? So unless you think you'll be slogging through enough crud to cake on an inch of mud, why replace the fender? (It has occurred to me... and that's been my thinking on it. Would be interested to hear from those who have taken the Strom into sticky mud...).

post #3 of 8 Old 03-29-2005, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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I think for me it's more a matter of not just the fact that the fender is sitting on the tire but that it's made of such thin, brittle material. If it were made out of the same shatterproof material that my KLR fenders were made of it probably wouldn't be an issue. It seems that the material the rear fender is made of on the bike should have been used for the front fender also, it's much tougher. I have gotten a rock jammed between the tire and fender on two different ocassions on just a gravel road, the last one of which created a crack on the lower edge on the fender. I talked to some folks who have installed more aggressive tires that, being able to pick up even larger stones, have almost destroyed their front fenders. The thin low-mount fender kinda looks out of place with the massive industrial-looking Motech bash plate and I think a higher mount fender would more compliment the look of this particular bash plate that some owners prefer.

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post #4 of 8 Old 04-05-2005, 11:54 PM
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I agree that the fender should be higher. I had to remove my front fender ( actually my friend John did) because of mud on a trip to Big Bend National Park in Texas April last year. The mud was so thick under the fender the front wheel wouldn't turn. We had no idea the mud would be so bad until we were half way down the road and sliding out of control.

So yes , someone make a system with a higher fender, I'll buy.

Notice the mud on the side , I fell three times because the tires wouldn't turn. The tires are Trailwings, I use TKC80s now.

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post #5 of 8 Old 04-06-2005, 10:59 AM
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I have to think Acerbis or someone makes a universal fit fender for this application. I'll do some surfing later and report back.
post #6 of 8 Old 04-06-2005, 04:01 PM
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Its cool that you use your DL like that off road, but for dirt work i will stick to my much more capable XR, I have slogged through mud so deep the bike would stand up by itself when you hopped off it. BTW the one big problem with a High mount fender, when you are on a sandy road or trail, you will be pelted by sand, and small rocks coming up from the tire. a low mount fender prevent this.
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-06-2005, 05:37 PM
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Check out the universal fit fenders from Acerbis. You'd have to fabricate mounts, but if you did a good job, you could probably sell a bunch of them here.

post #8 of 8 Old 04-06-2005, 10:55 PM
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It's a good Idea...

How flexi are those Acerbis fenders ?

Pray it doesnt get sucked under itself going 90 down the intersate..

That would suck ..

Outside of that it could work

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