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Old 04-22-2009, 08:50 PM   #1
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Silly KLR question (alternative front fender)

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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Old 04-22-2009, 09:02 PM   #2
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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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Old 04-22-2009, 10:49 PM   #3
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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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Old 04-22-2009, 10:54 PM   #4
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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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Old 04-23-2009, 12:46 AM   #5
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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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Old 04-23-2009, 06:20 AM   #6
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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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Old 04-23-2009, 08:14 AM   #7
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Also may do the "slice the fairing, stand the windshield up" mod I've seen someone else do here. Bushwacker? Weedwacker? Wheatwacker?

Wheatwacker.

i have a supermoto fender on the 650 KLR, getting one for the 250.
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Old 04-23-2009, 08:23 AM   #8
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low fender

arrowhead motorsports has the low fender for klrs, price seems reasonable.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:15 AM   #9
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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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Old 04-23-2009, 12:52 PM   #10
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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.
I like the cut of your jib, Mister. Thanks.
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:07 PM   #11
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get a hacksaw and start cutting



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Old 04-23-2009, 05:15 PM   #12
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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/



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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Old 04-23-2009, 05:27 PM   #13
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:07 PM   #14
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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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Old 04-23-2009, 11:45 PM   #15
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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.


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