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Old 10-23-2012, 05:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My front fender chop

Hi everyone,

Last Friday night, I was alone, except for a bottle of cheap Shiraz. I thought it would be a good idea to start hacking up the stock Thruxton fender that was living beneath my bedside table.

I had most of the tools I needed...

- a hacksaw (blunt)
- electrical tape
- a rusty file
- a sanding block

I marked out the rough shape of the cut I wanted to make on one end of the fender. I then took to it with the hacksaw and cut to the line of the tape.

Once cut all the way through, I taped the off cut to the other end of the fender and marked a line to match its size and length.

Both cut ends ended up being fairly dissimilar from one another in terms of shape, so I took to them with a file, so that I could reshape them, measuring and re-taping the lines so I could check the shape as I went. After a bit of a filing and inhalation of powdered plastic, I had the shape I was after.

I then used a medium/fine sanding block and smoothed out the edges ready for paint.

I took the fender to the local paint shop and matched a tinned paint colour to the colour of the fender. I bought a small paint brush and touched up the edges of the fender and left it to dry.

And now, after spending $11 on a tin of paint, a brush and a new sanding block after I lost my old one, I have a newly chopped fender!

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Old 10-23-2012, 10:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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that mod has been running through my mind...may just have to do this
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice! Been meaning to do the same thing. Didn't cross my mind that I'd only need to paint the edges.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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TBS Front

I did the front on my TBS at the same time I bobbed the rear. It worked out great just moving the fender bracket up to aline with the last hole forward. I then filled in the hole no longer used and took a couple of inches off of the back.

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Old 10-28-2012, 12:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It looks really nice and, in my opinion, much better than with no fender. Plus, the bracket functions as a fender brace - couldn't tell from the photos if you used it w/o the fender. In any event - great-looking modification!

I've never been crazy about the looks of mine, but am too lazy to keep things clean and have even considered a Fenda Extender or skid late to cut down on the dirt. Unfortunately - neither an improvement looks-wise.

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Old 10-30-2012, 11:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Nice job!
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Don't even try this without the cheap Shiraz.

After reading so many clinically precise, craftsman-like posts of various mods, it's refreshing to read about one that resembles my flailings. All's well that ends well.
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Definitely don't try it with expensive wine, it definitely won't work! :-D


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