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Is the ZX14 fender a direct fit?
« on: January 25, 2013, 01:20:27 pm »
My son wanted to take one more ride before we put our bikes in hibernation for the off season.  As we were warming up our bikes I rolled the C14 off the center stand and had forgotten I had moved the truck over just a smidgen in the garage.  The front fender on the C14 nudged (just a little tap) the fender flare on the truck and I thought....I will need to do a little touch-up.  Upon looking, the truck was fine (not even a smudge)....the C14 though....cracked the fender!  No fault of the bike but the 20 degree temps apparently that plastic looses most of it's compliance.  So now I am looking for a new fender.

I started looking at OEM replacements but then thought....what about carbon?  It would look good with the black bike.  I could not locate a C14 specific front fender in carbon but found quite a few places that make one to fit the ZX14.  But would it fit?  Of course I figured someone here probably would know and maybe has tried one of the carbon fenders and could offer some feedback.

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Re: Is the ZX14 fender a direct fit?
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2013, 02:16:29 pm »
Yes.
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Re: Is the ZX14 fender a direct fit?
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2013, 04:08:38 pm »
I could not locate a C14 specific front fender in carbon but found quite a few places that make one to fit the ZX14.  But would it fit? 

Yep.
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Re: Is the ZX14 fender a direct fit?
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2013, 06:18:36 pm »
Or you could go cheap, and get some plastic repair.  It's kind of a 2 part epoxy, that goes on like bondo.  Just pull the fender off, repair the crack, sand her smooth, and just repaint it.  This could be done for around $10.  I used this stuff on the fairing of my old C10, where the fairing tends to crack below the turn signal, and several years later, it still is strong as ever.
  Youtube has a really neat "how to".  Under "dip your car.com", it shows how to create a carbon fiber look.  This could be a way to go for anyone wanting to change their front fender to a carbon fiber look.  (or any other part of their bike).
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Re: Is the ZX14 fender a direct fit?
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2013, 07:24:40 pm »
Or he could get a 2006ish ZX10R carbon fiber fender, and make or buy simple brackets and mount that. There was guy going by the screen name of Dubious who kicked out a few dozen sets of brackets in the 2009-2010 time frame.

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Re: Is the ZX14 fender a direct fit?
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2013, 08:23:08 pm »
Oh, the possibilities... :motonoises:
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Re: Is the ZX14 fender a direct fit?
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2013, 10:59:15 pm »
This ZX14 unit from Bestem fits the C14.  They recently lowered the price, so I snagged one.
https://bestemusa.3dcartstores.com/mobile/product.asp?itemid=484

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Re: Is the ZX14 fender a direct fit?
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2013, 10:32:35 am »
This ZX14 unit from Bestem fits the C14.  They recently lowered the price, so I snagged one.
https://bestemusa.3dcartstores.com/mobile/product.asp?itemid=484

Bestem makes very good carbon fiber, I have had a few pieces of theirs like belly cowling in carbon fiber for my ZX14 before MDI was making it.

The reason we switched to the carbon fiber aftermarket 2006ish ZX10R fender is it doesn't have the deflectors on the top and side, so it lets more air flow into the radiator.

On the C14 I have not found heat to be a problem, but on the ZX14 with higher HP and torque output, heat was definitely a problem. I put dual fans on mine, and it was almost enough. After I put a radiator guard (COX, but I should have put a ProjekD on instead like on my C14) on it the heat went up a little. So I put the ZX10R fender on and the heat level went way down when moving.

Whatever the choice, its nice we have have the option.
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Re: Is the ZX14 fender a direct fit?
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2013, 05:08:27 pm »
Thanks for the replies and recommendations.....very helpful.  I was considering repairing my fender....but I am a bit of a perfectionist and if it had any indication of it being repaired...it would eat away at me.  I like the idea of carbon and it is great to hear about Bestem....I was looking at that one in particular.

I figure if I go with a carbon replacement, then I can take my time at repairing and respraying the original and if it turns out nice...I will keep it until the time I decide to trade or sell. 

I will also look to see if I can source the front fender decals from Kawasaki....seems like those would be a nice touch to add to the carbon.  I would also need them if I decide (find time) to repair and repaint the cracked one. 

Thanks again!
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Re: Is the ZX14 fender a direct fit?
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2013, 06:05:53 pm »
Every decal on the bike is available in the parts fiche including the warning labels we all take off with heat guns.  :rotflmao:

I've gotten a few over the decades I've owned Kawasakis, most recently when I converted the ZX14 to 100% carbon fiber cowling. Then I decided I wanted it done in Kanji so I had to remove the factory ones I'd put on already.  :-[
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Re: Is the ZX14 fender a direct fit?
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2013, 10:54:54 pm »
Or he could get a 2006ish ZX10R carbon fiber fender, and make or buy simple brackets and mount that. There was guy going by the screen name of Dubious who kicked out a few dozen sets of brackets in the 2009-2010 time frame.

^^^^^^^^^that.  On the ZX14 forums thats the deal, going to the smaller sportier ZX10 fender. Lots of posts about how to achieve.
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Re: Is the ZX14 fender a direct fit?
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2013, 11:21:35 pm »
I thought of going that route after seeing some posts here about it, but it sounds like this bracket guy is off the radar and I wasn't interested in the hassle of trying to adapt the 10 fender to the C14.  The Bestem ZX14 unit is plug and play - I like easy!   I think the 14 fender is better looking too - I just like the way it curves so far down the front of the tire. 

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Re: Is the ZX14 fender a direct fit?
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2013, 11:29:06 pm »
Or he could get a 2006ish ZX10R carbon fiber fender, and make or buy simple brackets and mount that. There was guy going by the screen name of Dubious who kicked out a few dozen sets of brackets in the 2009-2010 time frame.
I've used the process myself to fix my Jeep Liberty fender that cracked when I hit a pile of snow turned ice... I was lucky to not set off the air bag at the time...   The glues they have now days are just pronominal.   
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