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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-04-2013, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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I just pulled off my front wheel to do some brake maintenance and inspect the wheel bearing seals and noticed the fender has some rusting on the underside.

I have only 22,000 miles on my 2007 KP and Elite 3 tires up front so I can't image how much damage the fenders would have if I ran sticky radials and had 80,000 miles! This might not be a problem in Arizona but here in the humid East Coast exposed metal will rust!

Why didn't Victory coat the undersides with something to prevent stone damage and rust? This is the only thing I've found on my KP that makes me question the build quality. An oversight I suppose.

I'd like to coat them with something. I'm torn between just using spray on black undercoating for cages, truck rubberized bumper coating or 3M Scotch Guard urethane film. What is best? I'm sure the Scotch Guard would hold up indefinitely but a pain to install.

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you'd never get the scotchguard flat and true under a fender, and any creases would hold moisture and dirt making more of a rust problem. i would go with something like rhino liner brush on myself.

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you'd never get the scotchguard flat and true under a fender, and any creases would hold moisture and dirt making more of a rust problem. i would go with something like rhino liner brush on myself.
I've used Scotch Guard (the thin stuff, I think it's 10mil) on curved headlights and it conforms well to curves if you take your time. I would rather just use a spray on or brush on coating. I will look into the Rhino liner.

EDIT: Rhino liner appears to be a proprietary coating that you can't just go buy off the shelf. The off the shelf bed liners come in large cans in the $50-$100 range. I think I'll just give the 3M coating a try:
http://3mcollision.com/products/coat...ing-08883.html
I've used this to rust proof suspension parts on my truck, seems to work well if you prep the surface well.

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Now that's a fit/finish item I'd have never thought of. Never heard of that on the harley forum. May be one of those "opportunities" for improvement Polaris/Victory should consider.

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Now that's a fit/finish item I'd have never thought of. Never heard of that on the harley forum. May be one of those "opportunities" for improvement Polaris/Victory should consider.
Or maybe HD has the same issue but since most owners just take the bike to the dealer for tire changes they never see the undersides of their fenders. It would probably take 50 years to rust through unless you live by the ocean but I don't like any rust on my ride!
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Are any motorcycle fenders undercoated?

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Are any motorcycle fenders undercoated?
Good question.

The Kingpin is my first cruiser style bike, only ridden standards and sport bikes and my previous 2 bikes had plastic or ABS fenders.
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If they undercoated the fender it would cut into there profit.
In all the bikes I have worked on in twenty some years I have never seen a fend rust out.
What ever you spray it with I'll bet for the most part it doesn't last.

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If they undercoated the fender it would cut into there profit.
In all the bikes I have worked on in twenty some years I have never seen a fend rust out.
What ever you spray it with I'll bet for the most part it doesn't last.
Yea I doubt it will rust out but I just can't stand knowing my fenders are rusting. Have to try something to stop it.

I'm sure to get them to rust out you would have to ride on salt covered roads in the winter or park by the ocean often.
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Now just think you can just refer to your bike as "Ol Rusty" from now on. ---- I know bad joke.
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