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Concours 1400 (C14) FAQ => C-14, aka Concours-14 GTR 1400 => Body and frame => Topic started by: katata1100 on June 10, 2011, 03:43:01 pm

Title: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: katata1100 on June 10, 2011, 03:43:01 pm
It looks pretty straightforward, but how do you remove the plastic loops that the brake hoses go through?
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: Pokey on June 10, 2011, 03:44:05 pm
Try a set of long needle-nose, why you need to take off the fender?
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: Bob on June 10, 2011, 04:17:07 pm
I just cut them off and put new ones on for a few bucks. To me it's not worth possibly of scratching the fender trying to save them when removing them!  :D
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: stevewfl on June 10, 2011, 04:18:34 pm
My front wheel has been on and off many times and I've not found a reason to remove that fender.
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: Bob on June 10, 2011, 04:19:58 pm
My front wheel has been on and off many times and I've not found a reason to remove that fender.


Mine was off to install a fender extender!
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: stevewfl on June 10, 2011, 04:30:01 pm

Mine was off to install a fender extender!


Ohhhhhh     I'm still trying to get a radiator hole (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/bigthumb.gif)
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: katata1100 on June 10, 2011, 04:47:29 pm
Try a set of long needle-nose, why you need to take off the fender?

My fender got a bad gouge in it and I want to remove so that I can do a proper fill/paint job on it.
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: Excavator on June 10, 2011, 04:55:33 pm
Take the bolts out so you can move the fender enough to get your fingers in there to squeeze the clips and pull them out, not real easy but not that bad unless your hands are really big.
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: Makz58 on June 10, 2011, 05:09:50 pm
Put some rags between the fender and the forks on both sides. Remove the reflector bolts on both sides then the fender bolts. Slide the fender up to make more room to get at the clips from behind (carefull to not scratch fender).  The clips sit in sort of a groove slide a 6mm socket up there on the end of your finger put over the clip points wiggle and wahlah out they come total time maybe 10 minutes for thw whole operation.
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: VirginiaJim on June 10, 2011, 06:23:15 pm
I take my fender off to take the wheel off.  Personal preference, nothing more.
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: Pokey on June 10, 2011, 07:51:18 pm
I take my fender off to take the wheel off.  Personal preference, nothing more.

More than likely because you are buzzed and really don't give a shite. :P Removing the front fender is totally unnecessary for front wheel removal by the way.........just sayin. ;)
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: VirginiaJim on June 10, 2011, 08:13:44 pm
A distinct possibility...
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: metzgerf16 on June 11, 2011, 02:56:30 am
Ohhhhhh     I'm still trying to get a radiator hole ([url]http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/bigthumb.gif[/url])


 :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: CrashKLRtoConnie on June 11, 2011, 12:32:19 pm
I took the fender off just so I could follow Fred's video on front tire removal.

Found I could use my fingers but damn those clips are pointy and sharp. (Fred used his fingers)

Finally used some Tri Flow spray to help and the clips pushed out much easier. Only the right side one was hard to remove the other 2 are cake.

(took me 15 minutes and some blood to get the right clip off)

If I was rich and planned better would have bought 3 new ones and just cut them off ...  ???

(I was installing the fender extender and cox rad guard at the same time) ...
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: VirginiaJim on June 11, 2011, 02:16:44 pm
I never put my clips back...
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: curly on June 12, 2011, 05:10:15 pm
Put some rags between the fender and the forks on both sides. Remove the reflector bolts on both sides then the fender bolts. Slide the fender up to make more room to get at the clips from behind (carefull to not scratch fender).  The clips sit in sort of a groove slide a 6mm socket up there on the end of your finger put over the clip points wiggle and wahlah out they come total time maybe 10 minutes for thw whole operation.
Excellent advice about the 6mm socket. I did this yesterday to install a fenda extenda and had the fender off in minutes.
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: lather on June 12, 2011, 11:02:02 pm
I never put my clips back...
Wise man. The clips cause serious problems if your fender ever falls off and gets run over by your front wheel.
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: VirginiaJim on June 13, 2011, 05:09:19 am
Wise man. The clips cause serious problems if your fender ever falls off and gets run over by your front wheel.

Should we ask how you know this....?    ;)
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: lather on June 13, 2011, 08:39:00 am
Should we ask how you know this....?    ;)
No, just use the search function  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: VirginiaJim on June 13, 2011, 11:52:05 am
Excellent!  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: lather on June 13, 2011, 03:13:57 pm
What a shame it would be for some of my finer moments to be lost to posterity....
remember this:
(http://www.lamsta.com/gallery/frontfender.jpg)
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: VirginiaJim on June 13, 2011, 04:31:21 pm
A nightmare for sure...
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: Excavator on June 13, 2011, 04:50:24 pm
Think i'll go check my fender bolts again.   :yikes:
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: Son of Pappy on June 13, 2011, 05:05:15 pm
Picture pinching the clip with your thumb and  index finger, roll them so one side of the leg is forced down, and the other up.  Easy as running over yer fender ;)
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: lather on June 13, 2011, 05:29:36 pm
Picture pinching the clip with your thumb and  index finger, roll them so one side of the leg is forced down, and the other up.  Easy as running over yer fender ;)
but not as exciting.
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: Son of Pappy on June 13, 2011, 05:36:09 pm
but not as exciting.
True that, so, what has more traction, the stock 021s or the front fender? :yikes:
Title: Re: Need help removing the front fender
Post by: Tactical_Mik on June 13, 2011, 05:41:57 pm
My guess would be the fender!   ;D