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Some of you have asked about installing a fender extension on the front fender of the airbag model bikes. I really did not know the answer so I went and found out.

At this time the answer is no.

First Honda simply says that no accessories shall be installed on the front forks, of any kind.

Second the rear lower fender is a bit different in size and shape, due to the airbag sensors and yellow colored wiring harness.

So all current fender extensions on the market will not fit and aftermarket products have not caught up yet, and most likely due to the warning in the Honda manual not to install anything on the front forks at all, even the suggestion of liability will deter them from doing so.

Honda also cautions about the installation of aftermarket stuff like GPS, map holders and all the things we stick on the bikes, and to not allow them to encroach into the deployment area of the airbag.

I have seen a fender extension listed under the name of show chrome, that says it will fit an airbag. This listing is incorrect and it will not in fact fit the airbag model. This is one I had mistakenly thought would fit but have found out it in fact will not fit.

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This is on mine ... it fit without any problems. It bolts to the fender with three bolts. Doesn't interfere with anything. In no way will that little piece of plastic interfere with an airbag deployment ....
 

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:waving:I knew this would come up, sure I knew. This was discussed yesterday also, and has been done. Should you? I really do not know, and the shop I talked to has simply adopted the policy of nothing should go on the front forks.

One other thing worthy of note, the longer fender extensions without brace bars up inside the fender to support the fender, have put enough stress on the rear fender to crack it, not always, but does happen, seems to depend on if you run into a windy day a few times .

So other than what is done by personal choice, the current answer is no.

The airbag sensors do not work on impact , or inertia, they work in sensing a quick change in speed, so maybe some things are ok, maybe not, would something like a fender extender actually effect the deployment of the airbag?

I really have no answer for it other than what the Honda manual and a very good mechanic at a very good shop has told me.

Until some engineer fully explains all of it to me, I would tend to err on the side of maybe it would not be a good idea. And long fender extensions without internal bracing historically split the fender with a bit of time and stress.

Would one of the shorter ones, remodeled with a heat gun work? Most likely, but should you..........that is your own choice.......I am not ever one to say you cannot, just should you, after all I am one of those crazy persons that run a CT. You are not supposed to do that either.

I will find out more in May, one of the good Honda Reps will be at our big shindig the last weekend in may, our state leader has set the day off as an awareness day, we have an all day safety fair, demo rides, and many things to see and do, a police escorted run , and I will for sure pester them with 20 questions about this.

Would be nice to stop road grime from coating the front of the cowl eh? It is just that at the moment , the safe answer is no.

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Honda always come out with warnings, they don't approve of any accessories except their own overpriced ones.People being what they are, some owners will heed the warnings and most others will do their own thing.
 

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You always have good info.:clapper:
I also have read all the articles about cracked fenders and fender extensions. I wish I could post photos from this remote computer system, but it is not possible.:(
What I did years ago was to put one of those flexable rubber type fender extensions on my 05 Wing. It is essentially a flap of reinforced belting material, about 3/16 thick. I bought the first one from J-P Cycles but have made numerous others from bulk material purchased from McMaster-Carr.
I attach them with Gooop adhesive to the inner - lower part of the front fender and have never had one come lose or crack anything. The look is vary simular in contour like any fender extension but is limited to only black in color.
Works out to about $5 per fender extension and provides the good spray, road schlopp protection to the front of the engine.
Just thought I would share and perhaps have a possible solution for these later model Wings.
 
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