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post #1 of 23 Old 04-22-2008, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Now that I'm getting into drag racing, I can't help but think that the design of my twin peaks/prairie fenders is not very sporty and aerodynamic. I know I could always trim off the side skirts, but it still would not be as aerodynamic and sporty looking as I'd prefer. I wonder if its possible to get some kind of thin sheet metal or other plyable material and make a set of custom fenders for my quad. I'm not talking about making something high dollar like carbon fiber (altho that would be very cool if I had the $$$)...just trying to think of some readily available, inexpensive material that I can use to make some custom fenders (starting from scratch).

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Sheet metal would be heavy!
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just run little fenders over each wheel like a trailer... and trim the rest back to the body haha

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Been playing with a few designs,

Been playing with a few designs, Very light aluminum, for keeping my feet out of the buzz saws!
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Nice job 1st Quad! Those cut fenders look very aerodynamic!

I'm looking for more mud protection tho b/c I want to try atv mud drag racing. I was kinda hoping there was some kind of material available to make new fenders from scratch...maybe something like a large sheet of aluminum that I can bend into any shape and drill some holes to mount it? Where would I find such material?

Seems like someone should have thought of this idea before...would be great if someone sold a kit with large sheets of material and instructions on how to bend it into atv fenders and how to install it. The big question is what kind of material to use (and where to buy it)? Any ideas?

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Very cool 1st

I was thinking about cutting up my old red plastic and painting them green or black.The front looks like we were both thinking same on how to cut them down. But the back is over the top cool,I never would have thought of that


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That does look good, might bet alittle muddy though

Looks sweet though Shouldn't have to worry about catching air with the fenders now.
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Thanks guys !! Here is where I get most of my aluminum sheet stock. They have some very thin stuff and some cool colored stuff.

http://stores.ebay.com/Cutsmetal-Diamond-Plate-Store


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If you get a block of blue styrofoam, such as what they sell for floating docks, or really any material you can carve, you could shape your "blank" so to speak, and then drape fibreglass over it to make what ever you want. A friend of mine's Dad used this procedure for GEL Coating and it seemed pretty easy.

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Mark,

Thanks for the link! I just send the seller a question and asked what the largest size he sells. I'm guessing I'd need something like 4' x 4' to make a front fender (and maybe a little bigger to make the rear fender).

I wonder if there is a local store that sells this material...what kind of store normally carries this? Home Depot/Lowes or just a local hardware store? I have no idea.

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Thanks for the idea! That might work good, but I'm guessing it would take some practice at forming the styrofoam and applying the fiberglass material. I'll definitely consider it tho if I decide to move forward with this project.

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