2008 front fender replacement?
Bought a red '08 about two months ago and have been perusing through this forum late into the nights like it's cocaine.
Anyway, I was being my usual scatterbrained self and walking the bike backwards without taking off the disc lock. The lock bumped the fender and cracked it near where it bolts on. It still works, and it stays on even at freeway speeds. But, it is compromised nonetheless, and it is noticeable if you're looking at the fender casually. At this point I see three options (four if you count doing nothing at all):
A) Get a new/used 08 front fender and replace it
B) Patch the underside with fiberglass to keep the crack from propagating, then bondo the crack from the topside, and repaint the whole fender.
C) Get a new black 2012 fender (I like how it looks) and try to fit it.
I'm leaning toward option C, because I think it looks a lot better, and as far as I can tell the parts it is attaching to are the same (aside from the '08 bracket that I will be removing).
What does everyone think? Does anybody know if there is a reason I can't use a 2012 fender? I can post pictures of the minor damage later. I'm leaning toward option C, falling back on option B. If I go with C, maybe somebody would even like to buy my red 08 fender off of me! I can do the fiberglass reinforcement, and leave it up to the buyer to choose to bondo/paint it.