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post #1 of 26 Old 05-11-2017, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Tire rubbing on side

I replaced the front tire with a 100/90 56h as that was on it before and didn't know until after i bought the new tire it was a little bigger tire. I thought i was rubbing on the top part but after looking at it just now i see rubber rubbed off on the side as it is rubbing the front fender. I did try to remove the fender when i thought it was rubbing up top but one of the bolts was stuck and i fear stripping it. It just started to make a squeaking sound the last day or two so question is could this be a problem if i don't remove the fender? Will it blow the tire?

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post #2 of 26 Old 05-11-2017, 07:40 PM
 
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The stock front tire size is 90/90-18 or 3.00 x 18. So the PO of your bike must have fitted the bigger size. If you can't jack things around to get the front fender off the tire, you should replace it with the correct size.

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I recommend replacing it with the correct size tire. While I have changed tire sizes from stock on cars and trucks (no, not for those huge ugly ghetto wheels, I have never used a wheel bigger than 15") I always stick to the stock size on a motorcycle. Tire size and profile are a lot more important on a 2 wheeler than a 4 wheeler.

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The problem is that's more money i don't have right now.

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post #5 of 26 Old 05-12-2017, 09:39 AM
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You may be able to enlarge the bottom of the fender mounting holes and raise it a little.

Guba is right!

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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Well regardless of your financial situation, you have 3 choices.

1. Make it clear by modifying whatever necessary.

2. Replace it with a tire that fits.

3. Ride it as is with it rubbing and take the risk off a blowout.

Your bike, your hide, your choice.

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You could remove the fender, but doing so eliminates the bracing that the fender provides and makes riding in the rain even more of a hassle. Here's what one member did regarding a fork brace: Fork Brace

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I wouldn't hack up a fender to make a tire fit, if it is in good condition. You might be able to find a beat up looking fender on eBay, or a local boneyard cheap. As was said, it's up to you. I sent an email to bluecollarbobbers.com some time ago asking them to consider making a fork brace for the Rebel that used the original fender mounting locations, as many bobber builders remove the front fender, and I don't consider it safe. I tried riding a Rebel without a front fender once, but I won't do it again. I was leaned over in a curve, and the front wheel was not tracking properly. The forks were so weak they were twisting. When Honda engineered the Rebel, they designed it to be used with the front fender in place.

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Hey Jerry - I think that's the first safety-themed post I've read from you - way to go !

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I am a trained auto/truck/heavy equipment mechanic with 36 years experience. I have nothing against safety. I just have an issue with things that were put there to protect me from myself that I learned to ride without decades ago. I believe certain things need to be learned, and once they are, then you will be safe. I have a hard time believing new riders today are not as smart as new riders were 50 years ago, though they may lack the commitment to lean to ride properly. I have read a lot of totally unsafe ideas from newer members on this forum, like someone who wanted to raise the back of a Rebel by installing longer shocks? Maybe some people do need to be protected from themselves. An unsafe bike, or car, on the other hand, is unacceptable. In this case the front fender serves as more than a way to keep water off the rider in the rain, it is also a structural part of the front suspension and steering systems. I have seen a lot of people on forums build unsafe bikes, just because they like the look.

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