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I didn't like the way the Icon front mudguard sat up so high from the front tyre.
So, I lowered it and I like the look a lot better.
I should have taken a before and after photo - if you compare my photo to a standard one you will see just how much lower it is.
My thinking was :
The Carbon one is around $300 Aus (too expensive) and I lose some colour from the bike (I think there is too much black already).
The FT one is around $300 Aus with mounting brackets plus $150 to paint red (too expensive) and it sits a little too high for my taste.
I wanted to retain as much colour on the bike as I could.
It cost less than $5 (cost of stainless button head bolts).


My Mods so far:
Lowered front mudguard.
White striping.
Tail Tidy.
FT Handlebars.
Mirrors.
Ducati Swish emblems on tank.
Termi with upgrade.
Brackets under swingarm to allow the use of a normal paddock stand (not visible).


Mods still to come:
Suspension.
Rexxer reflash.
Silver Wheels
Ridge removed from seat.


Kind Regards - Ray.
 

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The Carbon one is around $300 Aus (too expensive) and I lose some colour from the bike (I think there is too much black already).
Thank you for taking the effort to share these superb DIY mods Ray!

Your Icon looks classy. My thoughts exactly on too much black on the Icon & exactly the reason I'm not going for official accessory mudguards.

Looking forward to the rest of 'em.
 

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How I did it ...

Feli - I did it by drilling new holes in the plastic mudguard.
The mounting points on the forks are unchanged.
The black strips are actually cover plates to cover up the original large mounting holes in the mudguard. They probably should be red so you cant notice them at all. The cover strips also spread the pressure, on the plastic, where the 2 new mounting bolts are.
I did have to make tapered spacers at the back of the mounting points to match the original ones. This makes sure the mudguard is mounted in its relaxed state without any twist or pressure which would just end up splitting/cracking over time.
Thanks for looking and your comment - Ray.
 

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Ray, looking good, think the idea for the original guard height was dualsport/scrambler, stops the mud from building up under it. Neat job on lowering it. Have to ask why you went for the square mirrors over the stock ones though? We're lucky with our number plates, way neater than most countries, I also made a similar tail tidy but kept the rear scraper, I don't mind it.

Now tell me, how are the FT bars for standing up in rough stuff :)
 

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Thanks for the comments.
I never intend to take the bike off road so mud clearance wont be an issue.
The mirrors in real life look a lot better than the photo. They are actually much smaller and less "mickey mouse" effect than the originals. I made the stems myself out of 10mm round bar and need to bend them a bit more so they sit a bit lower.
Yes - we are blessed with our small number plates - some of the other plates on other forum members bikes are huge.
The FT bars - I found the original bars very comfortable but I couldn't live with the "ape hanger" look and the thinness of them. I do lean slightly forward with the FT bars which has taken my tail bone away from the ridge in the seat a little bit.
I cant comment on standing up with these bars because I will not take the bike into any rough stuff.
Regards - Ray.
 

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To damocle79 - I purchased the mirrors from "mcsonline.com.au". Their cataloque number is MU25 and MU25Y.
They are mini rectangular. The MU25Y gets you the left hand thread for the right hand mirror.
I cut the stalks and weld in a piece of 10mm rod to make them the length I want and bend them to the shape I want.
You may find them suitable without any mods.
I made this set for my S4R Monster and just had them laying around.
They only come in chrome so I just sanded them a bit to scratch the chrome and painted them satin black with a pressure pack.
They look a lot smaller in real life than in the photos.
I think they are about $20 AUD each - cheap.
They work about as well as the OEM. They do not vibrate.
Hope this helps a bit.
Regards - Ray.
 

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Thanks Greg (Smiff). I am looking forward to you receiving your Nitron. I don't mean to sound selfish, but I wont buy one until I hear if you are happy with yours. I think we are both on the same page when its comes to our dislike for the suspension i.e. harsh and sharp.
I am going to see one of our local suspension gods here in Adelaide "Hoey Racing", and see what he can offer me. I will of course let you know what he has to offer.
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Nothing selfish in that, sadly I'm getting the run around from ProMecha in Melbourne, I was told three weeks for delivery, that was four and a half weeks ago.


I emailed asking if he had an updated timeframe, unfortunately his response was unhelpful at best.


I'll persevere and let you know how I go
 
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