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post #11 of 26 Old 05-12-2017, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Good information here, it has changed my mind on how to handle this. My front fender is already messed up so i might go ahead and lengthen the holes where the bolts go on the fender. I was going to take it off and leave it until the tire was used up but after reading what jerryH said it does make sense and something i didn't consider as i have seen a lot of modded Rebels with no fenders.

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post #12 of 26 Old 05-12-2017, 08:40 PM
 
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It's amazing to me how many new bikers totally discount the concept of proper engineering before making serious modifications to the bike chassis. They will "throw" something on or "tear" something off without regard for the consequences of the changes they are talking about. Almost always, any serious owner modification of the frame or suspension will result in substantial negative changes to the handling and safety of the bike. The butchered bike is going to be worth less as a trade or resale later on as well. it's so much better to just look around for the bike you really want and go buy it.

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There used to be a guy on here named Henryinva that really knew his stuff when it came to frames, steering, and suspension. He built his own frames.
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What about using a metal plate, the holes are about 2 inch apart. So if i used a plate i would have to get a plate that has holes 2 inch apart going across and 1 inch from center of hole going down? the plate would have to be 2 1/2 inch to 3 inch wide 1 1/2 inch down? about 1/4th thickness?

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If you're talking about fabricating a plate to raise the fender, that should work. Just be sure the fasteners don't rub the tire. If I'm reading correctly, the plate doesn't need to be anywhere near 1/4" thick. Even aluminum 1/8" thick would be plenty strong. If you make it from stainless or steel, it could be even thinner.

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@flitecontrol that would be bad, very bad lol. I will double check for sure. I can use 1/8 inch that would help in drilling the holes about how big of plate would i need?

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Height would of course depend on how high you want to raise the fender. Just guessing, I'd think raising it 1/2"-3/4" might be enough. I'd cut the bracket so it extends at least 1/2" above the fender mount holes. Making it as wide as the fender is where it attaches to the forks should give you sufficient strength. Not sure what you have locally, but the local scrap yard gives me small pieces of stainless steel and aluminum. They're probably be more likely to work with you if you have something to trade with.

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I used a round file to file down about 1/2 inch on all holes seems to work but wont know until tomorrow when i take it for a longer ride. I couldn't find any grease for the axle so i picked up some CRC white lithium grease, will this be okay for the axle? https://www.amazon.com/CRC-5037-Whit...lithium+grease

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I'd recommend wheel bearing grease, available at all auto parts stores and many WalMarts.

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I'd recommend wheel bearing grease, available at all auto parts stores and many WalMarts.
That was the first thing i looked for but my wal-mart didn't have it. Is it okay to use crc white lithium on the axle or is that a no no?

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