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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-03-2010, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Mudflap instead of hugger - cheap DIY

Taking a lead off my dirtbikes I had a scrap of 1/8" neoprene/rubber material and cut it up to work as a mud flap. There's room inside the battery box for a couple of small-head machine screws. I used another piece of neoprene mousepad between the bolt heads and the battery as a cushion.

There's a nice little angle to the back of the box that keeps the flap more to the swingarm and less to the tire, and the tire rotation keeps it where it's supposed to be if it gets to flapping. The rubber isn't too floppy, just the right amount of rigidity to keep it in place. Got a few hundred miles on it - works good by the way.




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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-03-2010, 04:16 PM
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Very nice, Chris.

This is a must-do for me. I keep worrying about regulator and electrics being covered with dirt and water.


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Nice idea.
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Now you need to get it dirty to see how well it works

How rigid is the material you used? Similar to a cheapo mudflap available at my local Chinamart?


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servers the propose and save the $$$.

Now why did I buy a hugger

Thanks for sharing.

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Now you need to get it dirty to see how well it works

How rigid is the material you used? Similar to a cheapo mudflap available at my local Chinamart?
Cheapo mudflaps are usually vinyl or plastic. I used industrial grade epdm(?) neoprene rubber. It's really tough stuff.

My fear would be if stuffed with mud or wedged a huge stone in there it could tear out the bottom of the battery box. Hell, the whole under-seat pan there is molded plastic.

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servers the propose and save the $$$.

Now why did I buy a hugger

Thanks for sharing.

Cuz huggers look kewl.

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post #8 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-07-2010, 11:04 AM
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Pic's of my kewl $25 dollar Carbon Fiber Hugger
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That's super cool Nytrydr. How about some bigger pics? A template for the mount would sure earn you my and probably others appreciation and eternal gratitude. It looks like you used a fender, is it? I can't tell for sure the pics too small. If so what kind?
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Yes please, bigger pics and instructions/parts list would be great!
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sorry about the small pic's, goto my original post to see larger pic's.
I got the Carbon Fiber Hugger off E-Bay for $25 and fabbed the simple aluminum brackets from some scrap I had.

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Mr. Brown motivated me to give it a shot.

Cut material from $8 WalMart trash can-


Rear mud flap-


Front fender extender-

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Cool.
Would like to see the front, your pic link is dead.

I used a salvaged front fender and cut the end off it to make the front extender. The fenda-extenda is nice, but $42? When you can make it for basically zero cost?

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I'll try it from my album.

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I bought some IKEA flexible cutting boards to make mudflaps for my Subaru, but ended up not doing it. Maybe I can use them for this purpose.

They were $5 for a pack of two IIRC.


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Mine with more coverage


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Will try and seehow this diy idea copied here held on



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I had an old rear feneder part from a KTM 520 sitting around my garage, so I made up an aluminum bracket, bolted it on to the bottom shock bolt and it works fine.
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DIY rear hugger

Would you try a 05` Yamaha R6s rear hugger?
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This is mine "dollar solution"



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