How To Shave Your Fenders


New Member
Apr 1, 2007
One popular topic in the ATV forums happened to be fender shaving. Fender shaving is where you cut your fenders for a new and improved look. How To Shave Your Fenders:

Read all steps before starting on this project.
Supplies Required:

* Cleaning Materials
* Highlighter
* Electrical Tape
* Jig Saw
* Sand Paper (Coarse and Fine Grits)
* Lighter

Step 1
Clean and wash your ATV, preferably with a pressure washer. Be sure to get ride of the mud, dirt, leaves, etc that may be on your quad (ATV).

After you have washed and cleaned your ATV, dry it off thoroughly. Once dried, use plastic cleaner or polish, such as:

* Meguiar?s? Deep Crystal? System Polish (A+ product)
* Armor All? Ultra Ultimate Clean Protectant

and wipe down the plastic. This makes it look good! You may use scratch remover FIRST, if you wish to. Be sure to finish with a nice wipe down with a dry microfiber or 100% cotton towel.

Step 2
Upon cleaning, use a marking tool (such as a highlighter) and draw the lines where you wish to trim/shave your fenders. See attached image for ideas and examples.

Now place electrical tape on the lines you have drawn. This is the time to be positive that the lines are lined up properly on both sides. Be sure you are happy with the look before you start cutting.

Step 3
Now use a jig saw to cut the plastic. It is recommended that you leave the plastic on your ATV while cutting. Don?t take it off because it may be harder to cut.

Cut along the electrical tape with the jig saw. The cutting may be a little messy, but that can be fixed in a bit. If there are waves, trim them off. Repeat as necessary.

Step 4
Now that you have shaved the fenders, it?s time you detail the cuts. Remove any tape and get your coarse sandpaper (100 grit or so) and sand the rough edges. After sanding the rough edges, use your fine sandpaper (1,000 grit or so) and sand the edges to a smoother finish. You may see white or discoloration where you have sanded, but don?t worry?

To give your quad that factory-finish look, grab your lighter and go over the edges lightly. Repeat as necessary. This will remove the white, or discolored, spots and provide a nice finish.

That?s it! You?re done!
People shave their fenders for the looks. Some believe it looks better having them shaved, but you can also expect to get dirty faster, especially when riding in mud.

Here's that image I promised:
Nice post I am thinking about doing this while my blaster isnt running. I dont have anything better to do lol

Can you guys post pics of the fenders youve shaved? Gimme some ideas!