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Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« on: February 20, 2012, 04:13:56 pm »
My most recent experience with the new 17" rear wheel and tire leads me to believe that "bobbing" or trimming the rear fender up a little might be helpful with tire changes. (like the 16" WAS EASY RIGHT?  :-[)

If you have a shortened rear fender and a picture to show please post them as I am looking for ideas. TIA!  :)
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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 04:49:55 pm »
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 05:22:30 pm »

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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 06:40:41 pm »
Mine were Bobbed but not that much. I bob them just about an inch below the reflectors, remove the license plate light, mount the license plate back on the (license Plate Bracket) using the lower holes. This will place the license plate directly below the tail light.

Mr Steve Smith has a Colage of Bobbed fenders (including mine) that he can post here.

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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2012, 01:31:59 am »
Here's mine, I cut the fender to be even with the bottom of my Shad bags.

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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2012, 02:48:37 am »

i bobbed my 98 model similarly to MOB's. Removed the tag light, cut out a section of tail lamp and put in clear as it didn't pass inspection without the light.  Gonna do the Turbo the same way I think.  Workin' on some new bag ideas first though.
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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2012, 04:12:26 am »
Thanks everyone!  You are giving me some god ideas.  I am getting a cheap used one in a couple of weeks. So when, er.... if.... I screw it up I will still have the original one to put back.
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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2012, 10:28:58 am »
I bobbed mine like GF-in-CA. I used the Dremel and freshened it up with some sand paper.
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2012, 01:31:52 pm »

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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2012, 02:19:29 pm »
I trimmed mine to just below the license plate:



I finished the edge with some black vinyl edge trimming I got from an auto body shop supply store.

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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2012, 02:24:46 pm »
As usual, Dan, you've gone that extra inch to give your projects a quality finished look. Kudos!
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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2012, 02:39:54 pm »
Thanks, Willy! It's the curse of being raised by a meticulous perfectionist (which drove the family crazy most times but that was then).

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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2012, 04:03:44 pm »
I trimmed mine to just below the license plate:


I finished the edge with some black vinyl edge trimming I got from an auto body shop supply store.

Dan

I was wondering how you did that lower edge!  Nice. You'll probably have a clone soon!  ;)
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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2012, 04:58:41 pm »
I trimmed mine to just below the license plate:

I finished the edge with some black vinyl edge trimming I got from an auto body shop supply store.

Dan

I was wondering how you did that lower edge!  Nice. You'll probably have a clone soon!  ;)

The vinyl trim I got has an adhesive in the bottom of the groove. If you use this stuff, clean the edge of the cut on the fender so the glue will stick. The adhesive works best if the trim strip is warmed first to soften the glue (I used a hair dryer). If you have trouble finding this stuff, let me know and I can send you some. I bought a whole box of this stuff so I have it coming out of my ears.

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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2012, 05:06:16 pm »
Here is what I did to my 2k

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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2012, 05:06:52 pm »
I trimmed mine to just below the license plate:

I finished the edge with some black vinyl edge trimming I got from an auto body shop supply store.

Dan

I was wondering how you did that lower edge!  Nice. You'll probably have a clone soon!  ;)

The vinyl trim I got has an adhesive in the bottom of the groove. If you use this stuff, clean the edge of the cut on the fender so the glue will stick. The adhesive works best if the trim strip is warmed first to soften the glue (I used a hair dryer). If you have trouble finding this stuff, let me know and I can send you some. I bought a whole box of this stuff so I have it coming out of my ears.
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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2012, 05:25:39 pm »
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Is this pre ZGX1200?  May take you up on that trim BTW. 

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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2012, 06:39:29 pm »
Am I the only one who finds it ironic that we use the Fenda Extenda to lengthen the front, and then shorten the rear?  What were those Kawasaki engineers thinking? :017:

What I find ironic is that no one in this group has found a way to graft the bobbed rear onto the front yet?   :motonoises:
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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2012, 06:54:36 pm »
I prefer the ragged look in my fenders.

My front looks like it went a few rounds with Rafael "Bazooka" Limon and then was offered up to the turkey vulture.

The rear surely was bobbed by someone undergoing occupational therapy.  It appears that no attempt was made to do something as simple as draw a line across it prior to "the cut".  As such, it meanders a tad.

To add allure, I have left the frayed edge in its natural state, flapping slightly with the breeze and thus reducing static charges.
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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2012, 01:09:03 am »
I like that Dan. it looks sweet!!  8)I like the way you leveled it off with the bags. Looks great.
I trimmed mine to just below the license plate:



I finished the edge with some black vinyl edge trimming I got from an auto body shop supply store.

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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2012, 02:56:50 pm »
I like that Dan. it looks sweet!!  8)I like the way you leveled it off with the bags. Looks great.

Thanks! I forgot to mention that I used a hi-tech template tool to scribe the radius for the cut. I used the lid from a plastic tub of margerine for the radius.

Sockets work very well for smaller radii.

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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2012, 09:12:07 pm »
Bergman,
  That fender looks great! Another idea that I'm going to borrow from this forum. I never run without the bags, so I thought I'd share this pic of what it looks like with the covers on permanent style.

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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2012, 09:19:04 pm »
For those with the bobbed fender, license plate frame lenght, any different in how dirty the back gets from water spray or anything like that. Does look pretty good. Got me thinging I have not gotten to dremel anything on the Connie in a while. Maybe I can jigsaw something to get my fix.
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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #23 on: February 22, 2012, 10:08:12 pm »
I like that Dan. it looks sweet!!  8)I like the way you leveled it off with the bags. Looks great.

Thanks! I forgot to mention that I used a hi-tech template tool to scribe the radius for the cut. I used the lid from a plastic tub of margerine for the radius.

Sockets work very well for smaller radii.

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Re: Any "bobbed" rear fenders out there?
« Reply #24 on: February 22, 2012, 10:29:30 pm »
For those with the bobbed fender, license plate frame lenght, any different in how dirty the back gets from water spray or anything like that. Does look pretty good. Got me thinging I have not gotten to dremel anything on the Connie in a while. Maybe I can jigsaw something to get my fix.
In my case, yes it does leave a trail right up the bag I have on luggage rack just like the bicycles we rode without any fenders.  Even on just damp roads.  I was thinking of adding a small deflector made of flexible material so removing the tire can still be manageable.  Something about the thickness of a car mat and bolt that to the fender.  Not totally red-neck mind you ;)