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Hi All,
Been around a couple of years. Finally made the plunge. After waiting eight weeks, I rode my new Champion trike home yesterday from the dealer. It was a beautiful day to ride 150 miles. I have the EZ steer option.
When I got her home, my son noticed the front fender was broken at 2 of the three attachment points of the fender extension. I surveyed the damage, and removed the fender extension. Upon inspection there is no damage to the extension of any kind so I am baffled as to how this could have happened. All I know is my rear fender section needs replaced, because it looks butt ugly right now. The extension is one of the "longer" types. Could it be possible that the rake kit allowed that extension to "hit" one of the bumps I encountered on the way home? I went over one bad set of RR tracks as I left the dealer very, very slowly. I went up the short, steep incline to my driveway the same way. At no time did I feel any "jerk" in my handlebars.
As you can tell I am just sick about this :cry: . It doesn't help that there was nothing out of the ordinary about the ride home. My wife followed me home in our CRV and didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. All we know is the bike was not damaged at the installers.
Can anyone lift my spirits :( ? I hope my trike is not jinked. I know it is a full moon.
Thanks,
Mike
 

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I did feel that my bike was lower after triking it, but not in the area you are speaking of so much.

But i did hit the fender extendison once while going off a cement slab, that I had never hit while it was a 2 wheeler.

and it sure wouldn't take much to ripp the holes out.
that's a lot of weight.

I decieded if I go with another exstenison, it would be the shorter style.
 
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Mike, first thing congradulations on the new trike. I also have a Champion with the EZsteer and after installation the fender extension seemed to be too close to the ground. What I did was removed the ext. then cut about 2 inches off and added a piece of flexable rubber to the back. This way I still had protection and it will flex if go over something.

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The attachment tabs on the rear section of the front fender are a WEAK LINK. I installed a long extension (Bushtec) on my 02 Wing, 2 wheel, (not trike). I used the steel reinforcing pieces on the inside of the fender. The tabs still broke. After $214.00 (twice now), I no longer use any extensions, I just wipe the crud off almost daily. I have seen these fender tabs crack, with no extensions ever on several bikes, and no damage of any kind to the fender from hitting anything. These fender mounting tabs, by design, are just weak.
 
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Have not experienced that problem with my Champion.

I use the Kury FFE that uses rubber for the lower half. That said, I am very careful about riding off sharp dropoffs, curbs, etc. Due to the EZ Steer (or any) rake kit, ground clearance at the the bottom of the front fender is a bit lower.

Ride safe.
 

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I have an 06 Champion Trike and was told by the dealer that I would have trouble if I put an extension on the fender with my 4.5 degree rake kit. I left it off. The rake kit puts the fender lower and I don't get much of a mess on the lower cowl.
 

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Going to trike out the 07 and was wondering
would Progressive springs help this???? lifting the front a little...
 

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Our trike has the Champion EZ steer and a Bushtec FFE (glued on). The wife (driver) loves to gawk. Hardly ever sees potholes, etc till too late (I am still learning to keep my lips shut). Over 42,000 miles and not a single problem. Guess we are the lucky ones.
 
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