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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-12-2016, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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1100 lower stock rear fender without scraping subframe

Got an 04 1100 custom. Rear end is completely stock.... suspension, fender, etc.

I've seen lots of great mods to get shorten the stock fender (see pic in reply) but I have to imagine everyone lowers the bike or cuts the subframe for the fender to complete this look....

My cornering ability in this bike is awesome, but often limited by floorboards and sometimes the frame near the rear wheel.... so I'm afraid that if I lower the bike to get the look I want I'll end up grinding my frame to shreds even more....

also... I ride 2up a lot so need to keep stock seats and bag mounts functional.

suggestions? I tried looking through several other threads but couldn't really find anything related.
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Love how he did this but have to assume it's lowered... (Red fender pic)

Also... Look at 2nd pic... Down by the white sticker on the bottom... Scraped here several times when I adjusted suspension all the way down. Still hit it every once in a while with the suspension about half way (click 3 of 5 if I remember correctly)
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You have only 4.5" of travel in the stock form, so anything you do to lower it will take away from that and effect the ride. Obviously it is compounded riding 2-up. You could probably go 1.5" down and be OK as long as you are happy with bottoming out once in a while when doubling up. Most riding 2-up rarely go over 1" lower unless they add a Progressive 465 shock and run it on the pretty stiff side. either way.....the lower you go the easier it is to scrape.

With that said....there are other ways to lower the fender if you are good with a little cutting and welding. But you;d have to make it a single rider bike. I did mine by moving the subframe to the swing arm....here is older pic of it in the mock up stage... as you can see, I also swapped to a Classic fender because it's deeper.....and there is definitely no riding 2-up. The bike is now at stock height and I have full suspension travel along with the Progressive shock, which made a huge difference in handling.



You could also look into an air ride system so you can look low when it's parked. there are still trade off there too.....they ride like crap....

The pic with the red fender is a 650, not an 1100

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Very helpful! Thanks. Yeah I assumed there wasn't really a way to keep stock seats and lower at the same time without beating up the frame.

I saw PCS has an easily adjustable lowering kit and progressive spring for about $100. I may give that a shot.

Can't tell you how much I'd like to get rid of that whole rear fender and do a 1up bike.... But that would require me to convince the wife that it's time to get a 2nd one haha

Red fender as a 650 makes a lot of sense now!

This is the ultimate looked I'm going for if I go to a 1up, minus it being lowered
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The bike in your attachment has the fender support cut off and tossed then the new fender is attached to the swing-arm.
Mick's bike has the fender support removed from the main-frame and re-welded to the swing-arm. Both are SOLO bikes.
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Thanks. Btw Mick that bike is sick!!

Guess it's time to convince the wife it's time for a 2nd bike
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Here was my bike before...done 4-5 years ago when having a bobbed look was something fairly new......now everyone has one .....so it's time to change. You can sometimes see a fad coming to an end when it's no longer even slightly unique.



That is one thing cool about the 1100....it's a great looking bike with absolutely tons of used and aftermarket parts available even though it hasn't been sold in the USA for almost 8 years. It's also a very inexpensive bike to change up. I have 3 sets of tins, 2 different swing arm set ups and 2 different fork configurations.....so I can change the total look in a few hours if I want.
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Nice! Tempted to just cut my rear fender short and hide a taillight in it that will bridge the gap a little. Definitely thinking the PCS "adjustable lowering kit" and the "progressive spring" will be in the near future. May help keep my stock stuff but still get a better look

I agree. All this stuff gets real faddy. The guy helping me do paint and powder is stuck on tall wire wheels in the front... Seems to be what folks want to do. Where as I still like the short fat ones. All in how you wanna ride.
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As they say.....it's your bike...F%!& what anyone else thinks.
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Amen to that
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