In my earlier post regarding the post accident updates I plan for my 2008 Bonneville, I mentioned that I planned to bob the front fender. In this post I share the process of how I went about doing that.
2008 Bonneville Front Fender Bob
As noted in my earlier post, I am upgrading my front brakes with a Brembo 4-piston and floating rotor kit from New Bonneville. This kit requires that the fender not have the stock OEM lower fender stay.
So, I did some quick Photoshop magic to help me visualize where I wanted to go with this project. I decided upon something not as short as a Thruxton, but short enough to lose the stays. I believe the 4 mounting bolts that remain will be enough to hold the fender in place.
Cut off one end of the fender to use as a tracing guide.
Use the cut off end to trace where you want to cut (bob) the fender.
Use a cutting tool to do your rough cuts. It’s plastic so a hand coping saw would work. I used a power grinder.
Mask off the curved traced lines for a better visual guide while finish grinding, filing and sanding the edges to perfection.
Step 5 – January 26, 2014 Update
Today I used my bench top grinder to do the final shaping of the rough cut plastic fender, getting as close to the taped guide line as possible.
Once I had the top and bottom ends pretty close, I removed the tape and hand sanded the edges for smoothness and consistency.
STEP 6 – Priming & Painting
This past weekend, March 8-9, I applied my first coat of black Plasti Dip spray to the underside of the front fender. After another coat or two, I will apply coats to the outside.