Rear Fender Eliminators Suck

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  1. Kobe Diesel

    Kobe Diesel New Member

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    That's right! The damn thing came with the bike. The past month or so with the hot climate and hot pipes, it bends with the plate. Well today I drove 240 miles and came home to have my wife tell me there is no plate on the bike.
    I need the orig. rear fender. Now, I have to go through the hassle of dealing with DMV...

    So, those of you with these eliminators (I don't know the make of mine), beware~
     
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    maybe the person that installed it just sux...
     
  3. Kobe Diesel

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    installed just fine. just crap product. it rolled up and popped the plate out while doing so leaving it who knows where!
     
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    What was it made of? How long was it on the bike?I have yet to hear of one roll up due to heat, but then maybe some people didn't lose their plate.
     
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    Dude,
    You just happened to get a bad product, or it wasn't installed right. I used a small piece of Aluminum angle stock and mounted it to the rear most set of holes. It's been on the bike for over 25K miles with no problem.

    [​IMG]

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    Kobe:

    That is one mod that has never made sence to me in terms of cost vs. benefit. Sounds like yours was both!

    BZ
     
  7. Kobe Diesel

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    Trust me, if the bike came with the orig. fender, it would have been back on that day.
     
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    I couldnt see paying money for one of those, when a hacksaw and just a bit of backyard mechanic creativity will do a better job.

    MD
     
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    If it's a competition works fender eliminator, it's aircraft grade aluminum. It would require significantly more heat than your exhaust could possibly emit. What's the rest of the story...
     
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    It's aluminum, held with 2 screws into the underside of the tail. Like I mentioned, don't know the origins of it but it's def. not home-made The plate had 4 screws with nylon lock nuts, but the sides of the plate were bent back to keep from rubbing with cans. One time i noticed the bottom edge of the plate was bent 90 deg upward (about 1/2").

    Im not implying that all rear fend. elims. suck. just mine :eek:
     
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    Sorry to hear you lost your plate, major inconvenience. I'm sure someone must have a stock fender in their garage for you.
     
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    Gotta have one if ya wanna look sporty.:cool:
     
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    Sounds like maybe the rear tire might have been hitting it as well. I tried an undertail on my 93, and the rear tire kept rubbing the bottom of the can.

    Hope you get it back on the road soon. Maybe someone will find your plate and be nice and turn it in.
     
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    Looks even sportier without the plate and holder!
     
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    You're not going to believe this....
    Opened the mail box and guess what's in there...all beat to hell but intact. No note, nothing - kind of bothers me, but it has spared me a visit to DMV and spending money and doing paperwork. Whew~
     
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    If your tire hit the plate then its either; a - mounted too far toward the center of the bike (decreasing the tire to plate distance) or b - your rear shock is set too soft allowing your plate to contact the tire. There are four holes from the stock fender. Your bracket should be mounted to the set closest to the tail light. Of course it doesn't matter if you are going back to the original fender.

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    A friend of mine bought a Ducati MH900E when they came out, when he rode it the rear tire would occassionally hit the bottom of the license plate and eventually ripped off the license plate and carrier. Ducati's response was "we didn't expect anybody to actually ride it!"
     
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