Hello guys - I love the way my Nine T looks, but regretfully BMW didn’t include some needed “Chicken Parts” to keep it looking that way. Our NineT ’s are lacking in the fender department to protect the machine even when its dry. When the weathers ugly, we all know our beautiful ride is not going to be a pretty picture when we get back home.
Where’s the rest of my Front Fender - In keeping with the NineT's sporty look, BMW gave it a very small front fender. I’m a fanatic on keeping my engine clean, so I can’t deal with the front tire slinging up rocks and sand even on dry days covering the belt cover and oil cooler. To help remedy the problem, I bought a beautiful stainless oil cooler cover to keep the small rocks out of the cooler and to clean up its appearance. I did put up an article on this at: http://www.ninetowners.com/forum/bmw-ninet-general-discussion-forum/111737-j-cycles-filler-thermometer-oil-cooler-cover-mike-mas.html
Front Fender Replacement - Since I wanted to trim my NineT with Carbon Fiber, I ordered a carbon fiber front fender from Shift-Tech in Fort Lauderdale. The fender is beautiful and made of real carbon fiber and an exact replacement of the stock piece so you just unbolt the supports take off 4 screws and your done. The fender sells for $189 and I found it right on Ebay.
Front Fender Extender - Regretfully the replacement front fender like the original was too short, so I searched high and low and finally found matching Carbon Fiber fender extension which I had to order it from Spain. The extension sells for around $35.00 with free shipping and it only took 6 days for it to arrive. To install the extension I added some very thin two-sided tape as a separator then used three 3mm bolts with some washers to permanently secure the extension. While I would have preferred just a longer fender, I’m happy to say it looks pretty good and my belt cover and oil cooler no longer get loaded with sand and pebbles.
My Missing Inner Fender - As we all know, BMW neglected to install an Inner fender on the NineT. While I understand making fender changes is not for everyone, for myself the minute I got home from the dealer, I began searching for a solution since removing mud, small sticks, rocks and debris from around the rear shock coil and surrounding parts is not one of my favorite pass times.
Rear Inner Fender - Finding a rear inner fender for the Nine T turned out to be complicated, while there 3-4 choices, only two were carbon. For reasons unknown, the Wunderlich kit required removing the rear tire and exhaust so I bailed on that one. My last choice was the Inner Fender kit from the folks at Puig on the Revzilla site, but it was only a Carbon Fiber “Look” and not real fiber. Regardless, I ordered it anyhow because of its ease of installation and sporty look.
Puig's Great Design - The Puig inner fender kit includes some beautifully designed brackets which I liked better than the Wunderlich brackets. The fender is nice and wide down by the shock area and tapers to a point at the rear, making it both sporty looking as well as maybe something BMW would design. Another problem was the Puig carbon fender had a satin finish which was not glossy like my front fender and my Sargent Seat Pod, but I had a solution for that.
Making It Shinny - I was not going to make the satin finish be my demise, so I went to the auto-parts store and bought a can of automotive Duplica-Color glossy clear paint, I cleaned the fender with alcohol and put a few coats of clear to match all my other Carbon fiber goodies.
Installing the Inner Fender - Installation is straight forward, use a flat jack or hydraulic hand jack to lift the rear of the bike just enough so as you loosen the bolt on the parallel beam it allows the bolt to spin freely in it bore, so as you remove the old bolt the new one will slip right back in. The fender is held on with this and another bolt so you’ll replace the bolts with hardware in the kit and supplied spacers. The Installation takes just minutes and when you’re done, you’ll be amazed just how good looking this fender is.
In Conclusion - I achieved my two goals by first curing the mud, rocks, and sand blasting of the short front fender and the missing rear inner fender. Secondly, I took advantage of the situation to dress up the bike with some additional carbon fiber parts so the mods are both functional and pretty!
Thanks Guys - Mike Mas
Shift -Tech Carbon Fiber Front Fender $189 Ebay:
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Carbon Fiber Fender Extender $35.00 Ebay:
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Revzilla Puig Inner Fender $225