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    After changing my front tire to the Shinko SR244 "Golden Boy" size 5.10-18, I wanted a little extra clearance between the tire and the front fender. Initially I used some solid 3/4" spacers. These provided the extra clearance that I was looking for, but on a recent offroad ride I bottomed the front end hard enough for the bottom triple clamp to leave witness marks on the front fender brace and fender.



    Fortunately, the contact was not enough to break anything but I figured it was time to try a different approach.

    Here are some compression springs I found that are just over 1" in length and about 7/16" in outside diameter.



    I replaced the solid 3/4" long spacers that I was using with these compression springs.



    When these are secured, they give me about 11/16" of lift, or slightly less than the solid spacers. However, they will also now allow compression of approximately 1/8".



    What else can I say? I was bored today.
    Last edited by TW-Brian; 12-05-2013 at 05:01 PM.
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    Looks like it will work fine, nice job.
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    Brian is doing a lot of work so He can get that beautiful bike dirty again. See ya Saturday!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Joemama View Post
    Brian is doing a lot of work so He can get that beautiful bike dirty again. See ya Saturday!!



    Joe


    You got that right Joe!



    I am guessing there won't be any major water crossings like our last ride, but I am really looking forward to this weekend.



    See ya soon.....



    Brian

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    I did the same thing last year but ultimately ended up going with the high fender. The springs worked great while they were on there.

    https://tw200forum.com/index.php?/top...der-w-springs/
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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmStateCrawler View Post
    I did the same thing last year but ultimately ended up going with the high fender. The springs worked great while they were on there.

    https://tw200forum.com/index.php?/top...der-w-springs/
    I knew that I had seen this done before, so it must have been your post.



    Thanks for idea Palm, and I will probably eventually go with the high mount fender like you did.

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    Great spring solution. I had same concern about bottoming out and thought of same solution with springs. Glad to read your idea works (they say the true measure of someones intellegance is how much they agree with you). Actually I had read about your 1" spacers and was going to discretely personal message ypu and question you whether it bottomed out on trails since you also run a Duro ATV tire and thus trail ride. Do the springs allow fender to flex on bumps or at speed? The few springs I saw @ store that would compress short enough seemed too weak to rigidly hold up fender untill needed to deflect. Your springs look perfect. Good looking installation too. This should help prevent the dreaded "mud-lockup" from clay and mud we occassionally get where the front tire will not turn untill freed of mud nd debris.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Do the springs allow fender to flex on bumps or at speed? The few springs I saw @ store that would compress short enough seemed too weak to rigidly hold up fender untill needed to deflect.
    Hi Fred,

    I can't honestly say that I know what these springs do on bumps or at speed, I pretty much put them on and forgot about them. My guess is that they are stiff enough to prevent flexing and I have not bottomed out the front end since putting them on - so from my perspective they doing what I wanted them to do.

    Hope this helps,

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    nice job, i'm doing this next.
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