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Offline asguthrie

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DIY Mods -- rear splatter guards (shock and fender mods)
« on: December 29, 2018, 07:54:36 pm »
I've been gleaning a fair amount of great info from the forum so far --  so thought I'd share a couple (cheap) solutions.   When I got my bike earlier this year I purchased a ProjektD radiator guard and fender extender for the front side-- both are great and fit the bill.  For the back side, I didn't want to spring for a hugger, so I went on the cheap and home-rolled a couple solutions to keep road spray at bay.

Supplies for both of these mods are made from material I found in the flooring section of my local Menard's here in Lincoln -- I'm sure common to any other home improvement place.   Total investment was around $12 for both and I got way more than needed to experiment with --  1/8" rubber matting and thinner gray plastic diamond plate looking floor mat.

I have to be honest -- I was lucky enough to steer clear of the rain this year, so final testing is yet to come.  I'm betting they'll both work as expected. 

The rear shock mudflap is cut from about 1/8" rubber flooring material like you'd find in a gym.    The simple goal was to keep my rear shock clean of road spray.  The heavier black material,  I figured would blend better color-wise and be flexible enough to conform to the shape, but not move around after fastened.  I originally fastened it with Gorilla double stick tape, but re-fastened it with E6000 sealant after I lost the flap in my driveway (thankfully there).  This is the same sealant/adhesive I used on my fender extender up front because I refuse to poke holes in the plastic if not needed.  It does not interfere with the rear swingarm movement -- it barely grazes it, so don't expect any issues at all.  With the bags on, it disappears completely.

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On the rear plastic fender -- honestly, I was surprised at how narrow the thing was for a touring machine.  I'd read about having to constantly keep top case locks lube because of the road spray -- I'm sure cause by the wide tire and skinny fender.  So I added a couple little winglets to help control the spray. These I also attached with double stick tape, but will replace it with the E6000 when weather warms back up as they're starting to loosen around the edges.  I chose to use the thin (maybe 1/16") diamond plate looking stuff because it was a bit thinner, lighter, and more flexible ---  and it matched the bike.   I liked the contrasting look and the pattern is neat too.  I did attach the smooth side to the fender for better surface contact and it made the diamond pattern more subtle. 

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Re: DIY Mods -- rear splatter guards (shock and fender mods)
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2018, 08:05:43 pm »
I like the looks of your mods.

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Re: DIY Mods -- rear splatter guards (shock and fender mods)
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2018, 08:39:09 pm »
Awesome!  Great job!

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Re: DIY Mods -- rear splatter guards (shock and fender mods)
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2018, 09:39:34 pm »
 :great: :great: :great:

did similar with a plastic notebook divider, cut to fit, to keep spooge off the shock, and more so off the rectifier box.. I had no problem using 2 pop rivets to hold it on.. don't mind drilling holes for stuff that works, and if it didn't, it's just 2 small holes...\ still pondering my fab on my rear fender extender, Blue One has a nice unit, but I'll make my own, as I have a trailer hitch installed, and would have to mod an expensive purchased part.. (i'm cheap)... I'll post it when done tho... I want it removable for on the road tire service/change etc.

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Re: DIY Mods -- rear splatter guards (shock and fender mods)
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2018, 09:55:00 pm »
MOB, that sounds great -- I'll keep my eye out for your post! 

Thanks for the feedback, guys!  Winter has turned riders into tinkerers -- and bench racers ;D
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Re: DIY Mods -- rear splatter guards (shock and fender mods)
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2019, 06:03:30 pm »
Did a rear flap on a C10 I had modified the OEM rear on.  Turns out I should not have cut that >:(

Used a mud flap designed for pickups so it was a small and not quite as thick as a flap for a tractor rig.  It was bendable and easily formed to the Connie fender after I cut it to fit.  Even when changing rear tire it flexed enough to get tire out/in with removing.  I chose a flap with a bowtie emblem but they are available bare.  Plus....very economical :great:

The C14 is a little more challenging since it's a smaller fender but that mud flap is easily trimmed to fit if ya ain't skeered.  Can be bolted on.