Another Vstrom raised fender

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by dcwn.45, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. dcwn.45

    dcwn.45 Frozen Rider

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    I got inspired by another thread and took a stab at raising my front fender. I like the protection that the stocker gives the fork seals so I thought I would attempt to make a bracket to raise it. I unbolted it, and slid it up and figured I could go up about 2 inches and not have to deal with the brake lines. Here are the pics.
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    I made a small bracket out of aluminum, I shaped it to fit the inside of the fender and tapped it to recieve a screw. then I bent it to flare out to go to the stock mounting point. I drilled a new hole in the fender for the rear mounting bolt on each side and bolted it back up, brake lines and all. It is tight against the brake lines, but should be ok I think. I cycled the steering and suspension and seem to have enough clearance.
    I will test it a little, and then smooth up the brackets I made and probably paint them black so as not to stand out.

    I think it looks pretty good, I will post a pic or 2 from a greater distance later.
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  2. rforsythe

    rforsythe You'll shoot your eye out

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    Nice mod! Simple too, I like it. I don't think the fender needs to be crazy high on these bikes, but do like what you did just to give it a little extra room. That should help prevent it from completely mudding up in there (if you're into that), but worst case it looks like a quick removal job if it does.
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  3. jgunsett

    jgunsett Goin' Coastal

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    Great idea. I can't believe that no-one's mass produced something like this yet. I'd buy a set if you want to sell 'em. By the way, are those Maxxis Detours? I'm thinking of buying a set to replace my deathwings.
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  4. Delta88

    Delta88 Knurly Adventurer

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    They say "METZELER" on the sidewalls.

    I like the fender re-mount. My wife bought me the Touratech fender as a gift or I'd be looking to do the same thing with my stocker.
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  5. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Sooooooooooo......Thats for when you take your V-Strom mud riding? And its supposed to look better also? I would have never guessed on either accounts.My Strom doesnt do a lot of trail riding as it weighs 500lbs full of gas and doesnt have much ground clearance or suspension travel.
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  6. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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    People have taken the Strom in some pretty awful slop & rough terrain....viva la difference.
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  7. fatalerror

    fatalerror skrik vir niks

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    don't look like no garage queen to me...

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  8. Delta88

    Delta88 Knurly Adventurer

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    I don't think anybody said anything about it looking "better." C'mon, it's a V-Strom afterall. There's nothing about these bikes that has much to do with aesthetics. The point is that it looks like it'd give some much needed space between the tire and the fender so that area doesn't pack with mud. The fact that it costs almost nothing is what makes it beautiful.


    With this crowd, it's probably best not to blame the bike for that. :D
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  9. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    The front fender on my R1150R packed with thick clay in British Columbia and I was down rolling in the slop on my back quicker then I could even get my foot out,took 4 of us to pick the loaded pig up. I could see how this raised fender thing might be good now that I think about it a little.
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  10. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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  11. dcwn.45

    dcwn.45 Frozen Rider

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    looks good! I have not had any ill effects from raising mine 2 ". The brake line is snug against the fender, but it doesn't seem to have caused any problems.
    I really like the way the strom looks with a "beak" like others have done, but I'm not quite ready to go that far.
    I think you do need something to keep all the crap from coming off the trailing edge of the front tire right onto the coolers, so you still have to have SOME sort of fender there.
    I wonder if the fender from a GS could be fitted, hmnnn........
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  12. buyarbi

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    The first day I had my vstrom out I locked the front tire solid with gumbo ( clay you can make marbles out of ) along with the drive chain. Had only my trusty leatherman to take the front fender off enough to move the tire and dig out the chain. That happened in 20 feet of a stubble field so raising the front fender is a good idea, for me.
    A piece of stiff rubber bolted onto the bottom of the front fender works just fine for an extender.
    Bill
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