We have been playing around with this '91 Softail in the pages of HOT BIKE for a while, and now we are moving onto the bodywork stages. While the bike was down and sitting at Freedom Cycles in Anaheim, CA, we decided we wanted to get to work on a custom rear fender. Instead of just the same old thing, we wanted more of an edgy look and had seen a few "Brat Style" Euro and Japanese Softails with severely docked rear fenders. This modification requires cutting about an inch off of the frame horns and only using about two-thirds of the rear fender. The fender is then rolled upward and positioned on the bike in such a way that no piecutting or other major bodywork has to be done except adding a few holes and filling a few more. Placement of the modified fender is key to it looking good, but if the time is taken and the measurements are precise, this easy DIY mod can really add a more aggressive style to just about any bike. Kazoo, the head tech at Freedom Cycles, walked us through this how-to, but with a little forethought and a few common garage tools anyone can tackle this!
Follow along as we show you how we hacked up the stock fender and made it look truly custom.
Man Hours: 3.5
Aftermarket Parts Used: **None
**Total Cost: $33.68 (abrasives)