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Author Topic: Trouble Installing 350 front fender  (Read 1772 times)

northshore_paul

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Trouble Installing 350 front fender
« on: February 27, 2009, 03:44:25 AM »
I bought a chrome 350 front fender to replace the painted fender on my 500 classic and the inside of the fender rubs on the tire at the fork tubes where the fender is bent in so that it will fit between the fork tubes. Has anyone else run into this problem? I am afraid to bend the fender out because being chrome plated the chrome will probably flake off!  BTW I put a new front tire on at the same time, it was the tires from China that CMW carries. I forget the brand but could that be the problem? Any suggestions?  :(
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Rick Sperko

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Re: Trouble Installing 350 front fender
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2009, 04:13:52 AM »
I just put a 350 front fender on my 500 and do not have that problem. It may be the tire. Tomorrow I will see how much room I have, but I know it is plenty, I have been riding around with it.

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Re: Trouble Installing 350 front fender
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2009, 01:43:26 PM »
My front tire is 3 3/8" wide, I can fit the tip of my small finger between the tire and the tightest point of the fender on both sides. I  hope this helps.

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Re: Trouble Installing 350 front fender
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2009, 04:27:28 PM »
 Rick, if you can fit your finger in the tightest place on the fender which would be where it indents around the fork tubes then I would have to think your wheel would need truing. You can true it yourself but would suggest you take it to your nearest dirt bike shop, bicycle shop or ask around for a master wheel tuner in your area. Good luck. Blltrdr 
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Re: Trouble Installing 350 front fender
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2009, 03:47:43 AM »
It seems even on both sides. I was letting northshore_paul know that he should expect some room with a 350 fender. It is a tight fit for the tip of my little finger. I will check it out though though. Thanks.
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Re: Trouble Installing 350 front fender
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2009, 05:28:46 AM »
I wish I had that much room....when one side is touching the fender the other side has about 3/16 inch clearance. If I split the difference on each side it is way too close!
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Re: Trouble Installing 350 front fender
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2009, 05:47:54 AM »
I wish I had that much room....when one side is touching the fender the other side has about 3/16 inch clearance. If I split the difference on each side it is way too close!

Northshore Paul, I should have been responding to you on my last post. I was paged down a bit and thought Rick had the problem. I would think your tire is to large. You state that you replaced your tires; what is your front tire size? The 350 fender can't take much more than the stock tire size. Check the size and make sure it's not a 3.60 or 4.10 X 19; these are low profile tires and are somewhat wider than the stock Bullet tires.

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Re: Trouble Installing 350 front fender
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2009, 11:37:36 PM »
The problem is the Cheng Shin tire, it is a 3.25/3.60 - 19 and too wide for the heavily valenced 350 fender. I put the OEM Avon on and it works and fits well. I have 3 miles on the Cheng Shin and if anyone is interested I'll make you a great deal ($39.00 plus shipping),it cost $49.95 from CMW. It is a good looking tire and I hear they really wear and ride well. If I were using the stock fender it would not be an issue.  <[email protected]>
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Re: Trouble Installing 350 front fender
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2009, 02:59:35 AM »
I love my 350 front fender and would need to give up the tire too. Thanks for letting me learn from your purchase.

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