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Eldorado bouncy rear fender

Discussion in 'Cal 1400 8V' started by derider, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. derider

    derider Just got it firing!

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    I'd like to fix my rear fender on the Eldorado that bounces around on rough roads and makes the bike look not as solid as it otherwise is. I was thinking of drilling two holes through the rear seat support where it's in contact with the fender with rubber grommets in between to attach them and hopefully stop the annoying flopping around. Do you all think this will work or is there any other ideas out there. Thanks
     
  2. kiwi dave

    kiwi dave GT Reference

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    Are you sure you haven't lost any of the mounting bolts? That occurred on my Custom when I first got it.
     
  3. Fast1400

    Fast1400 Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Close inspection might reveal a crack in or around one or more of the 3 formed plastic bolt holes, my Custom rear fender failed a few months in and the first thing I noticed was that it was 'bouncy' too.
     
  4. Eldo1400

    Eldo1400 Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    It's an annoying condition that makes the bike look cheap at stoplights. The only thought I had for a fix would be to dismount the fender, then lay down a strip of fiberglass with epoxy resin. Either that or some thin metal to reinforce. Haven't gotten around to it yet, but it is embarassing. My Bobber has metal fenders but they went with plastic on the "high end" bike.
     
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    kiwi dave GT Reference

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    Are you able to claim a warranty replacement? They shouldn't bounce as much as you describe.
     
  6. derider

    derider Just got it firing!

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    Thanks for the advice guys, I will have the dealer check on warranty to see if it's not mounted properly. after that I will look at other options. Eldo1400 or anyone else could you please post on here if you manage to reinforce your fender or if anyone makes an aftermarket metal or carbon fiber fender
     
  7. John L

    John L Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    If the video works this is mine at idle. Everything is standard just made sure all bolts etc. were tight.
     
  8. John L

    John L Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    Hi derider, couldn't upload a video here but uploaded it to youtube. My guard at idle. if yours shakes more than this then bolts are either loose or missing. Nothing has been done to mine except to make sure everything is tight.
     
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  9. Mike Tryon

    Mike Tryon Just got it firing!

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    I was considering installing two thin steel bars down either side of that center line with the wiring in it, with epoxy to make it solid. It is kinda annoying to have that "Shimmy" as the engine idles. Either that or I am going to have to get to work on some sheetmetal and then have it painted but, that would be a huge PITA and I am not going to want to that.
     
  10. derider

    derider Just got it firing!

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    Sounds like a good fix, if you do it some pics and comment would be appreciated
     
  11. FrankZ

    FrankZ Just got it firing!

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    I've been ignoring my shaking rear fender for awhile, decided to finally tear it off and look at it today. I left the rear brace assembly attached to the fender when I removed it from the bike. I couldn't see any kind of cracking in the fender or the bracing. I simply reassembled it, picking up on the license plate as I tightened all the bolts, seems much firmer now. None of the bolts seemed loose, but there's a definite improvement. Maybe the rear brace manages to shake itself out of adjustment over a period of time. Seems like the design is lacking in quality. I'm thinking a permanent fix would be to remove the rear brace from the fender, and weld it in place where it attaches to the bike frame, then assemble the fender to it. Not that I plan to do that, a little too permanent of a repair for my taste. I'll just loosen up the bolts and re-position it, until that fix doesn't work anymore.

    For anybody that wants to try this, there are 5 bolts that need to be loosened and re-tightened. After removing the rear seat, loosen the 3 bolts (10 mm socket) holding the rear seat base/grab rail, and 2 more that face up inside the fender (8 mm socket). These 2 are located about 1 in. further back from the location of the lone bolt located under the rear seat. Reach your hand up between the tire and the fender to locate them. I had to use some penetrating oil on them, and work them back and forth a few times.
     
  12. roadventure

    roadventure High Miler GT Famiglia

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    Early Yamaha Road Stars has a similar problem. In their case it was a need to have a rolled edge on the sheet metal fender to add stiffness. I did something similar to what you are describing to fix the "shakes". I cut and epoxied "doubler" strips on the inside of each side of the fender. it did the trick for the Road Star! Would probably work on the Eldorado as well.
     
  13. Mrmerlin

    Mrmerlin Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Just a note about the Eldo rear fender .
    It is made so it can be removed then the rear tire is removed,
    it sounds like a lot of taking things apart but takes about 10 mins to have the fender off ,
    I use a jack stand under each passenger peg and tie the front brake lever on.
    also remove the heat shields to clear the stands and the left side muffler to remove the wheel and shock
     

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