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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/IRONHEAD-SPORTSTER-REAR-FENDER-MOLD-XL-XLH-XLCH-K-KH-/120699594369?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item1c1a41a681

so, as I have now been a member of the xl forum, I have noticed that a lot of guys like the XLR bobbed fender look, either for restorations, or for chops with shocks and stock frames (what they call....ick...bobbers). Anyway, the only way to get one is to buy a damaged original or repop fender (for about $80-$100), cut it down, and bolt it up. All of these fenders are steel because the rear passenger sits directly on the fender held in place by two steel supports, but if you are building a flat track replica the bike is a solo mount anyway.

so here is my idea: buy this mold. repop the original fender in glass. cut it to shape like the xlr fender. sell it for $50. possibly sell matching alloy fender braces to go with it.

I am not a glass guy. my expirence has been doing repair work on old corvettes (live axles and mid years mostly). I have only molded one piece in my life - a gas tank that immeadtly fell apart the moment I put fuel in it.

Still I think there may be an opportunity here. What do you all think? is the quality of the mold any good?

talk me out of this.
 

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I should add - the same bobbed fender for an evo sporty is a pretty popular item, so much so that several big catalogs carry it. But the evo sporty carries a passenger in a completely different way.
 

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I should add - the same bobbed fender for an evo sporty is a pretty popular item, so much so that several big catalogs carry it. But the evo sporty carries a passenger in a completely different way.
 

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First off, monkey has forgotten more about this stuff than I'll ever know. Hard for me to see how to make a go of this. What this guy is calling a mold is actually a fender that has been split to be widened. To make a mold you will have to do a super clean up , prime sand etc, then make a plug off the fender. Then make the mold from the plug. Then spring for some infusion gear, then attempt to sell your high quality glass parts to some Harley guys who have maxed their visas and are struggling to make the nut on their new bagger. Take a pass. Cheers, bcr
 

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First off, monkey has forgotten more about this stuff than I'll ever know. Hard for me to see how to make a go of this. What this guy is calling a mold is actually a fender that has been split to be widened. To make a mold you will have to do a super clean up , prime sand etc, then make a plug off the fender. Then make the mold from the plug. Then spring for some infusion gear, then attempt to sell your high quality glass parts to some Harley guys who have maxed their visas and are struggling to make the nut on their new bagger. Take a pass. Cheers, bcr
 

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I don't know. Looking at it it appears to be a split mould. If it is then a fender the same as the primered one could be popped out of it. But its also something that could be made from a fender in about an hour or so. Its not rocket science and I wouldn't part with $300 for it.
 

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I don't know. Looking at it it appears to be a split mould. If it is then a fender the same as the primered one could be popped out of it. But its also something that could be made from a fender in about an hour or so. Its not rocket science and I wouldn't part with $300 for it.
 

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First off it is a resin mold made off an original fender and built into a split mold. I thought it was an original fender too at first but if you look at it it is a resin mold.

The grey fender in the auction is the fiberglass fender the mold popped out.

There is a very limited market for this part. Not a new bagged but guys building custom ironhead sportsters only, that are not hardtail choppers.
 

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First off it is a resin mold made off an original fender and built into a split mold. I thought it was an original fender too at first but if you look at it it is a resin mold.

The grey fender in the auction is the fiberglass fender the mold popped out.

There is a very limited market for this part. Not a new bagged but guys building custom ironhead sportsters only, that are not hardtail choppers.
 

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Geet, Can you borrow a fender? A mould can be made very simply. Doesn't even have to be split for a fender. Like I said, it ain't rocket science.
 

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Geet, Can you borrow a fender? A mould can be made very simply. Doesn't even have to be split for a fender. Like I said, it ain't rocket science.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Hoofhearted

Geet, Can you borrow a fender? A mould can be made very simply. Doesn't even have to be split for a fender. Like I said, it ain't rocket science.
I can't borrow a fender, but a buddy has an NOS steel one for a 1967 I could buy from him cheap-ish (about $80).
 

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quote:Originally posted by Hoofhearted

Geet, Can you borrow a fender? A mould can be made very simply. Doesn't even have to be split for a fender. Like I said, it ain't rocket science.
I can't borrow a fender, but a buddy has an NOS steel one for a 1967 I could buy from him cheap-ish (about $80).
 

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Your "buddy" won't lend you a fender to take a mould from??? Its not like you're going to destroy his fender. Or even leave any dings or dents in it. Looking at the fender I feel apologetic. I just cut one like that up to fit on the sidecar to try and keep the salt out. Last year I didn't have one on and when I got home it looked like Mortons had sposored me.
 

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Your "buddy" won't lend you a fender to take a mould from??? Its not like you're going to destroy his fender. Or even leave any dings or dents in it. Looking at the fender I feel apologetic. I just cut one like that up to fit on the sidecar to try and keep the salt out. Last year I didn't have one on and when I got home it looked like Mortons had sposored me.
 

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please do not buy that crappy mold for $500, save the money and borrow one... then make a mold.... i mean.. sounds like fun .. right? well you will start to hate yourself after the 9th one... also how many bobber dudes are gonna buy this?

the mold looks shitty... the fact that the "finished" part is painted primer grey is an indication that the mold surface is poor and that the part needs to be re worked

also the mold has to be a split mold due to the detail on the fender sides... this detail will drive you crazy whilist laminating a part...
 

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please do not buy that crappy mold for $500, save the money and borrow one... then make a mold.... i mean.. sounds like fun .. right? well you will start to hate yourself after the 9th one... also how many bobber dudes are gonna buy this?

the mold looks shitty... the fact that the "finished" part is painted primer grey is an indication that the mold surface is poor and that the part needs to be re worked

also the mold has to be a split mold due to the detail on the fender sides... this detail will drive you crazy whilist laminating a part...
 

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thanks for setting me straight guys. I kinda figured it was a bad idea at that price.

Matt, haven't sent the tank yet, family has been getting in the way. Will send it soon.
 

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thanks for setting me straight guys. I kinda figured it was a bad idea at that price.

Matt, haven't sent the tank yet, family has been getting in the way. Will send it soon.
 
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