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What Fender Clearance do You Recommend for Mounting Fenders to My Trailer?

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Hi my PWC trailer has the fender bracket mounted on the torsion arm, right behind the hub, so the whole fender assembly moves in tandem with the wheel. There are several inches of clearance between the entire wheel/fender assembly and the trailer frame, but with the fender mounted to the suspension how much clearance do you recommend between the tire and the fender on top, and between the tire and the bracket on the side? I currently have about 1.25” and 0.5” respectively – if that’s too tight, is it possible to retrofit fender mounts to my 2”x4” aluminum frame?

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We generally recommend at least 3 inches from the top of the tire to the bottom well of the fender and at least 3 inches from the bracket attachment. This accommodates for spring deflection. However, if the tire is not making any contact with either the fender or the fender bracket, you should be OK.

As far as retrofitting, you will be able to attach fenders of a different size depending on the size of your wheels. If you have 8-12 inch wheels, for example, you can use the CE Smith Single Axle Trailer Fenders w/ Skirts # CE19500-2 along with the Mounting Brackets for Trailer Fender - 8"/12" Wheels # CE26061G-2. The brackets are constructed with the purpose of allowing you to install a finder right onto the trailer's frame. I went ahead and linked a video that shows the typical installation process.

If you want me to point you into a more specific direction with your needs, feel free to respond to this answer with your wheel size.

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