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front fender

Post by 981500se » Thu May 19, 2016 9:09 pm

I have a 98 SE and the front fender is crooked. It is almost like it is bent but of course its plastic. i was wondering if they make a brace of some sort to support the front fender.

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Re: front fender

Post by dingdong » Fri May 20, 2016 5:42 am

Have you checked your forks to insure they are in alignment or possibly bent?

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Re: front fender

Post by RBGERSON » Fri May 20, 2016 1:18 pm

Simple answer no..not that I have even seen..a fork brace does add some support I guess but it's designed is to stabilize the forks not support the fender. I'd remove the fender,loosen the pinch bolts and axle bolts, jack up the front wheel. and then tighten with the wheel still in the might realign itself.


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Re: front fender

Post by 981500se » Tue May 24, 2016 7:10 am

It's just the tip of the fender. The outer front end. The forks aren't bent. It's almost like something leaned against it parked over winter before I bought it.

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Re: front fender

Post by OldZX11Rider » Tue May 24, 2016 8:43 am

Try holding it over while using your wife's hair dryer on it. ;)
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Re: front fender

Post by aj1500 » Tue May 24, 2016 10:52 am

OldZX11Rider wrote:Try holding it over while using your wife's hair dryer on it. ;)
that's good advise, if you push it a little past straight and heat it up good then hold it while it cools it will straighten it up
I would use a small twine or cord and tie it to something to hold the fender while heating it.

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Re: front fender

Post by raven41951 » Tue May 24, 2016 6:23 pm

Be careful! The fender is ABS. It has a softening point of about 140F and will distort at 220F. If something had been leaning on it for a long period, then creep has occurred and it will need to be straightened by a combination of mechanical and temperature forces.

Use wide smooth straps or make a jig to hold the fender in the desired position without locating the stress in a single location. You can use shaped wood or even plaster-of-paris to make a jig/mold to hold the fender in the desired position. Apply heat using a hair dryer set on low temperature, constantly moving it over the entire area(inside and out). Use an IR temperature gun to monitor the surface temp (cheap at Harbor Freight). Get the fender up to about 145-150 and remove heat and let it cool to room temp. Check and repeat if needed. Better to have to repeat 3 or 4 times than to replace many hundreds of dollars worth of plastic. A new fender is $400, so be careful.

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