Guide to Shortening Your Rear Fender

How-To: Shortening your rear fender

I have wanted to replace my stock front and rear fenders with some shorter cafe ones for some time now. Last weekend I finally found a nice, used K&H stainless steel front fender for about $50 in Bangkok, but finding a shortened rear fender for anywhere near an acceptable price was nigh-on impossible. So I decided to customise my own.

Here’s how I did it.

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Original Rear Fender

A close-up view, below, the fender is held into place by 4 bolts, 2 near the shocks and 2 near the turn signals. You’ll have to cut right between the ‘shock bolt’ and the ‘signal bolt’ and the move the ‘signal bolt’ back to the ‘shock bolt’.

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Rear Fender Close Up

Here’s a mock-up before cutting, the ‘signal bolt’ is now where the ‘shock bolt’ was.

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Find the cutting line. The cutting line is basically where the fender touches the black plastic (on the right in the picture). Draw a line using marker pen, or electrical/masking tape, and cut to that line with an angle grinder.

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You’ll then also have to re-position your back light, which means drilling a few holes in the fender and re-connecting the cables. To do that you can make a template up with masking tape based on the previous holes, then stick it in the desired place and drill.

 

And the finished article…

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