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Let me start by saying that this is a big job unless you want to try and do it while the fender is still mounted on the scooter (not recommended). To get to the three bolts that hold the fender on, I had to completely remove all the rear panels, the battery, and tail lights. The battery and lights are still wired, I just had to move them out of the way. The job really wasn't that difficult as the removal procedure for all the panels is in the owners manual. I just put all the hardware into zip-lock bags to keep them together and to prevent misplacing any of it. The first three pictures show the parts removed...





Once I got the fender removed from the scooter, I used a Black & Decker roto-tool (a Dremel will do as well) with a cutting wheel to trim off the lower section. I used blue painters tape as a straight edge when cutting. I then trimmed the little "wings" off at an angle, again using blue painters tape as a guide. I then used a 100 grit sanding block to knock off the melted plastic fromt the edges of the part to be put back on.



The license plate bracket wasn't reused as the plate will mount directly to the remaining portion of the fender. The reflector, which is required by the DOT, can be removed from the bracket and mounted into the existing holes above the plate as shown.

Once everything is put back together, it looks pretty sweet! I like being able to see the tire tread... it looks like it came that way from the factory.



 

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great job !

i too have been thinking about this mod for many months now.
i was gonna see if there was a fender eliminator that would fit, but it
looks like you managed to get a great result without one.

with the shorter fender, the rear end looks more like a conventional MC.
and that's a good thing. imho.

well done !

jason
 

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Winnipeger said:
That looks great!

Can you post a picture of a full side shot? :)
This one is still at an angle but definately more of a side shot. Too bad the rear of the scooter is past the white garage door at this angle. It kind of masks the fender... I'll try and get a better shot tomorrow!

 

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gpsnut2003 said:
great job !

i too have been thinking about this mod for many months now.
i was gonna see if there was a fender eliminator that would fit, but it
looks like you managed to get a great result without one.

with the shorter fender, the rear end looks more like a conventional MC.
and that's a good thing. imho.

well done !

jason
Some tips for cutting the plastic with a roto-tool... cut at low rpm's otherwise molten plastic will be flying everywhere and burning your flesh! Also, cut from the back side so you get a clean edge on the front. There are support ribs on the back side of the fender. I cut along the edge of the one that crosses just below the plate/bracket mount keeping the rib intact. When I cut the "wings", I angled the tape from the edge of the next rib to the corner of the first one. It leaves a little bit of the curvature from the "wings" on the sides, but it maintains the rigidity of the part since the ribs remain intact. This little bit of curvature isn't really noticeable anyway.
 

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Black Sheep I trimmed down the fender not as far as yours but enough to were it looks more sporty and won't catch as much air with that shovel design. Thanks for the info. Rob
 
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