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PostSubject: Leather Mud Flaps on Suzuki C800   Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:06 pm

I mentioned in another thread that I will be adding mud flaps soon that I will be making, however at the time I was and still am unsure of what material I would use.
I would like a bit of input though if anyone thinks that leather would be a bad choice. The reason I have decided to try to make them out of leather is firstly because I noticed in Mistress K's Thread that she used leather and secondly because I have some rather thick but old leather saddle bags in my workshop that I could cut up for this mod.
The reason I am adding mud flaps is mostly down to the amount of shite that splatters all over the front of the bike from the front wheel when the roads are wet & I will be making the front hang about an inch or so lower than the one's pictured.


A picture of Mistress K's leather mud flaps that gave me the idea



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PostSubject: Re: Leather Mud Flaps on Suzuki C800   Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:21 pm

Hi Mr I,

Aslong as you seal the leather with something to stop it rotting. I see no reason why it shouldn't work and look good?

Maybe you could even get away with some of that quality leather food/preservative that is designed for hiking boots etc? Use it as it's intended on the outside but slap it on thick on the inside.
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PostSubject: Re: Leather Mud Flaps on Suzuki C800   Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:29 pm

Cool that's the response I was hoping for do you think something like dubbing would be OK.
To be honest the bike doesn't actually go out that much when it's wet so they wouldn't be wet very often.
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PostSubject: Re: Leather Mud Flaps on Suzuki C800   Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:41 pm

Yes mate, Dubbing would be spot on except you'd have to reapply it from time to time. Twice a year should do the trick though if your not getting it soaked on a regular basic or leaving it wet in an unventalated area for weeks on end. You must have gone back to a pair of boots or gloves that you left wet in the garage for weeks only to find them growing a nice green fur coat? The same could happen to your mudflap unless you keep on top of the dubbing/drying routine.

I saw some that looked like Mistress K's on a cruiser website a while back in the bargain bin section. They were black rubber but with a leather grain finish. F#cked if I can remember what site is was though?
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PostSubject: Re: Leather Mud Flaps on Suzuki C800   Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:05 pm

I think I will give it a go then with the Leather & if it works OK, then alls good but if they do grow a nice new fur coat I will consider buying a rubber matt to cut up.
The leather bags I will cut up are knackered so I have nothing to loose in the first instance!
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PostSubject: Re: Leather Mud Flaps on Suzuki C800   Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:52 am

You can always give the leather one a trial if it turns out to be no good you can find something else to make it with.
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PostSubject: Re: Leather Mud Flaps on Suzuki C800   Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:38 am

that what I will do, I reckon as DD says if I treat them they should be OK
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PostSubject: Re: Leather Mud Flaps on Suzuki C800   Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:36 pm

Leather or rubber would be good. I thought of making them recently out of a slip-in A4 folder cover made out of thick black plastic (cuttable).
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PostSubject: Re: Leather Mud Flaps    Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:56 pm

hi mri why not just rip one off your truck and cut it down spray suppresion built in lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Leather Mud Flaps on Suzuki C800   Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:58 pm

That's not a bad plan, I reckon I will have to find a high kerb to reverse over 2morrow. They normally do a good job at ripping them off
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PostSubject: Re: Leather Mud Flaps on Suzuki C800   Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:41 pm

Hi Dave have you any old body armour lying around out of your old coats, the back protector would make some pliable mud flaps for you,maintenance free,I made one for my front mudgaurd.
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PostSubject: Re: Leather Mud Flaps on Suzuki C800   Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:20 am

Leather would look the best I reckon
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