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    Senior Member Tirebiter's Avatar
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    Has anyone just put spacers and longer bolts on the stock front fender mounts?



    I just stuck some 1" pieces of rubber hose in to see what it looked like. It's a little higher for clearance but not so high that mud flies all over. If I was to do it I'd use a much stronger spacer. Will this screw up the fork brace function of the stock mount?




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    I think that is a great idea!

    I really doubt there is any fork brace function of the stock mount, it's far too weak to do anything... Actual fork braces are often made out of solid aluminum that is almost an inch thick!!



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    Here. The mount actually does help the forks, and there is a slight loss in stability when you raise it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by assquatch20 View Post
    Here. The mount actually does help the forks, and there is a slight loss in stability when you raise it.
    Thanks for the link....Some things to consider. I guess I missed that one.



    It looks like PalmStateCrawler ended up at about 5/8" max without hitting the triple tree. A solid spacer that short should keep whatever fork brace function the stock bracket has. When the weather clears up I think I'll put the bike on the trailer and bottom out the forks with tiedowns and measure what size spacer I come up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tirebiter View Post
    Thanks for the link....Some things to consider. I guess I missed that one.



    It looks like PalmStateCrawler ended up at about 5/8" max without hitting the triple tree. A solid spacer that short should keep whatever fork brace function the stock bracket has. When the weather clears up I think I'll put the bike on the trailer and bottom out the forks with tiedowns and measure what size spacer I come up with.


    As long as you don't try flying through a rut and treat this bike like what it is, you should be fine. Just get your clearance right and keep the bracket tight enough to avoid flex at your spacers. The more pieces between one side and the other, the more it twisting it will let by.

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    I tried raising mine but found that it can only be raised 3/8" without it hitting the lower tripletrees on hard inpacts. This is how I raised mine.



    Using springs allowed it to be pushed down when it hit the triples but I got tired of hearing the clunk so I cut them down to 3/8" and never had a problem again.
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    I raised mine about 5/8 with hard nylon-like plastic spacers (which I have no idea where they came from).

    I think it looks a little better, but the main purpose was to make it easier to wash mud off the underside of the fender.

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