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PostSubject: mudguards   Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:18 pm

I have a vl800 volusia k3 and I am wanting to bob it any idea where I can get some plastic/ fibreglass mudguards from in the uk.
blanks would be ideal but ready made is fine
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PostSubject: Re: mudguards   Tue Dec 13, 2016 5:50 pm

Front or rear ?  You looking for huggers or high?  I cut down the original front & had a local fabricator knock up the rear 

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If you go for a hugger, you're really going to have to fit a sprung saddle - they look the dogz, but aren't the most comfy.  Using the original frame supprts means you can keep the stock seat
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PostSubject: Re: mudguards   Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:41 pm

Thats a really nice piece of work I'm impressed. I'm a fabricator myself so this gives me food thought. its nice to see that front end just cut looks good. I love that exhaust system was that bought or fabricated
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PostSubject: Re: mudguards   Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:06 pm

If you're cutting the front end down, best play around with some masking tape to get your lines visually pleasing.  The rear has the return fitted with captive nuts to fix the seat to & the end is rolled under rather than a sharp edge.  The fabricator told me that was a bit of a long winded job - he had to keep moving it slightly to produce the curve.  Bear in mind that it won't support the weight of a pillion without some bracing - but if you want a bobber, you won't be wanting to carry passengers.  At one point, I'd considered making the rear out of wood - nice bit of walnut !!

There's a bit of a story to the exhaust - actually a trilogy 

Pipes Chopped
Ceramic Coating
End Cans

In the end it probably would have been cheaper to have gone out & bought a pair of V & H Staggered Slashs - but I can console myself knowing these are a one-off !!
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PostSubject: Re: mudguards   Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:04 pm

thanx for the advice ill post some photos when im done. i was looking at some cobra slash cuts but still cant make my mind up v&h ive ran before and they are quality. Delkevic also do a budget pipe but i want rid of the shiny stuff as im a lazy get when it it comes to polish and buff
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PostSubject: Re: mudguards   Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:06 pm

if you have any links for hugger style guards i would be greatful
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PostSubject: Re: mudguards   Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:41 pm

They're a bit thin on the ground in the UK - that's another reason I went for the DIY option
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PostSubject: Re: mudguards   Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:55 pm

indeed. im finding this out however i will be speaking to a guy on Saturday who makes bobbers out if these bikes. ill let you know what i find out. this is one of his at GC customs
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PostSubject: Re: mudguards   Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:05 pm

Yeh - seen his listings on ebay.  To me that doesn't "flow" from the tank to the seat - I don't like seeing that gap with the tank mounting bolt exposed.  If you're going for a hugger, (IMO) it looks better with a sprung saddle



I personally prefer to see a straighter line from seat level, rather than a drop off to the rear - but it's always going to personal taste.  Keep us updated with how it's going
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PostSubject: Re: mudguards   Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:19 pm

yeah that was one thing i thought spoilt his. its my m8 going through him i prefer to do my own, i will plan it till february then get it done i like to have everything on hand then have a good weekend putting it together
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PostSubject: Re: mudguards   Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:48 pm

Much better if you can do it yourself - although mine was a gradual transformation over a couple of years.  The things that seemed to take the longest was getting one-off bits made up such as brackets for the reflector, the number plate light, the rev counter etc - & they're always the bits you forget about till you need them !!

Good luck with it all
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PostSubject: Re: mudguards   Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:31 pm

cheers m8 im lucky in the fact i can get stuff done at work.
again great job on your ride enjoy
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PostSubject: Re: mudguards   Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:54 pm

Cheers bud - U2 !!!!
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PostSubject: Re: mudguards   Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:46 pm

Those 'Blue Collar' Bobbers don't half look the business! pricey for the parts! but cool all the same 
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PostSubject: Re: mudguards   Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:48 pm

That was the route I was going to go down originally, but by the time you'd bought, shipped & paid import tax, it worked out nearly the cost of the bike !!!
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