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Old 01-23-2008, 02:52 PM   #1
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2005 F650GS Fender Clearance with TKC80's?

I am thinking about putting a set of TKC80's or a comparable tire (any suggestions?) on my 2005 F650GS, do I have to remove the lower fender to gain enough clearance?

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Old 01-23-2008, 05:33 PM   #2
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No issues with an '06

I had no issues putting Teek's on my '06. I put about 3700 miles on mine, a lot of it was asphalt, during my TAT ride this past fall. Don't get your expectations up on riding dirt with the GS. I found the 19 in front tire is far less than ideal on anything but smooth, flat dirt and wish I was on my XR400R for most of my TAT ride. A pic of the Teek's on my GS somewhere Arkansas.
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Old 01-23-2008, 05:54 PM   #3
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On my 07 (sold) I had to remove the lower fender. There was insufficient clearance with it on. Even with clearance, you might want to take it off if you intend to ride in the mud.
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Old 01-24-2008, 03:30 AM   #4
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check out They have a whole FAQ thread about tyres, fitting guide etc... I've just fitted TKC's to my dakar. It doesnt have a lower front fender but it does have the fork brace. No problems so far..
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Old 01-24-2008, 05:16 AM   #5
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There seems to be enough flex and slop in the "possum scraper" that wraps around from the chain guard that you may get some interference on one TKC and not another. That's been my experience on my Funduro. From the split votes from folks having interference and those who dont', I tend to blame it on the flex issue or maybe a little warping.

Last time it happened on my bike, I just stuck some 1/8 thick nylon washers in where the scraper fastens to the chain guard on the side that was hitting. Problem solved.

And check the Chain Gang FAQs at Should be enough info there to make your eyes glaze over.
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:19 AM   #6
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Thanks All for the info, much appreciated!
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