Silly KLR question (alternative front fender)

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by piccini9, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. piccini9

    piccini9 Adventurer

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    I've been riding my KLR on the highway a lot lately, and the front fender is just a big ol' plastic sail. Has anyone here done a home-made Flender TM mod?
    What I'm thinking of is along the lines of cutting the fender in half, just forward of the mounting points and making some brackets to mount it onto the fairing.
    I know a lot of guys do the KTM fender swap, but I'm looking for a real DIY solution, the more MadMax the better.
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  2. Durden

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    I had the same issue and ended up going with a low fender. Picked it up online (cant recall where) for around $40. Easy to install below is a pick of the KLR with it on, works fine even it muddy off road trails. Here is also a link to a guy who intalled the same fender: http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~lbauer/klr/low-fender/

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  3. dualsportdave

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    If you don't like the low fender look, I used a replacement KTM style fender (I think it was a Maier or Acerbis) the fender is smaller and pointed in the front seems to catch a lot less air. Bolted up easily in place of the stocker. I painted my 88 KLR flat black, looks pretty good with the black KTM fender on it....
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  4. Truckin_Thumper

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  5. MaverickAus

    MaverickAus Been here awhile

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    I have the Acerbis Teknik on my KLX, it doesn't flop about like the stock one. It's more of a supermoto style.

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  6. piccini9

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    Thanks guys, if I can figure out how to post pics here I'll draw a sketch of what I'm talking about. I know someone makes a fairing with a "beak" type fender on it. That's kind of the plan, but something I can do for the price of a rivet gun.
    Also may do the "slice the fairing, stand the windshield up" mod I've seen someone else do here. Bushwacker? Weedwacker? Wheatwacker?
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  7. fixer

    fixer KLR-riding cheap bastard

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    Wheatwacker.

    i have a supermoto fender on the 650 KLR, getting one for the 250.
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  8. yamak

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    arrowhead motorsports has the low fender for klrs, price seems reasonable.
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  9. carburated

    carburated Been here awhile

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    I've read that some have reported success by drilling large holes in the sides of the stock fender. Some have trimmed the crap out of it to cut down on resistance. Both seem reasonable, and free.

    I bought an old used KTM front fender from a local shop (it was leaning against the wall, bought it cheap) and that worked too.
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  10. piccini9

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    I like the cut of your jib, Mister. Thanks.
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  11. Sycamore

    Sycamore d00b

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    get a hacksaw and start cutting



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  12. Dakar dreamer

    Dakar dreamer Dave rocker

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    That's the UFO fender from Fred at Arrowhead Motorsports. They are now $37 + something like $13 s&h which is about $6 too much for shipping. I have a blue one and couldn't wait to get it on the bike even before I bought it.
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  13. PenGun

    PenGun Old and In The Way

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  14. piccini9

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    Thanks everybody, good stuff. What I'm thinking of doing though,is something along the lines of the Britannia fairing, but with a distinctly home-made look, aluminum brackets riveted to the fairing, maybe using the original fender, maybe just making something out of a PVC or ABS pipe, or something.
    Kind of a "Beak" like the big BMW's have.
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  15. dualsportdave

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    Ahhhh now see he already mentioned the KTM fender....But still, it is a good swap. Here is a pic of my Mad Max KLR.... The fender was only $25 or so.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/i6EXUDdvoqVK76NfCdjaRw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_CA1kf3vnIhE/SfFPE7JGrFI/AAAAAAAAAsY/GEfqA1dDzpQ/s800/P1010854.JPG" /></a>
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/7fvARUSj9zC-DBJFIUEvhA?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_CA1kf3vnIhE/SfFPOR2uo7I/AAAAAAAAAso/dVbLPW00DQQ/s800/P1010877.JPG" /></a>
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  16. piccini9

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    Nice pics, where were they taken?
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  17. dualsportdave

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    Pics are from the Dirty Face Dual Sport ride from 2 years ago. Eastern Washington State - north of Leavenworth. Second picture is from Sugarloaf Lookout station - old fire lookout - all the trees burned about 20 years ago and have this silver-deadwood look to them - very interesting riding through there.
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  18. eakins

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    i still think the regular ktm/acerbis fender is the best looking one on the klr.
    never like the look or protection of the stubby sumo one

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  19. CaptTurbo

    CaptTurbo Long timer

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    Change the fender? Hell the fender is the best part of the KLR. If you want to improve the bike, remove the fender and install it on a DR. You will be amazed at how much better that fender gets you around!:lol3

    Just kidding. KLR is a fine machine ... if you can't get your hands on a DR. :lol3 Damn, ... I did it again. I better get out of here before they start throwing stuff, like parts that have rattled off ... Oh Lord help me I can't stop. :D

    I better go ride my DR so I'm sure to pull out of range to safety.
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  20. fixer

    fixer KLR-riding cheap bastard

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    nahh... i'll let the short kids play on their DRs. some of us need a little more room to stretch out in. :lol3
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