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Fender compatibility/metal fenders?

I have a 2003 VL800 with repainted fenders. I am likely going to have them professionally painted next winter to make them look better than the flat matte finish the PO gave them. But at the same time I am wondering if it is possible to replace them with metal ones. Are the C50 fenders also plastic? If not, are they compatible with the older Volusias? I really like the look and shape of these, just not the material.

Alternatively, can other manufacturers’ fenders be used, even if just on the front? VTX? Vulcan Classic? Indian? Just curious if anyone has done anything like this.
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All VL800 fenders are plastic. If you want to use aftermarket or other brand fenders, you will need to modify them to fit. There are no direct fit options that I am aware of.

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Plastic is the new metal.

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Just curious, why would you want metal?
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Just curious, why would you want metal?
Everybody knows that more weight gives better traction.
Duh!
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You can trim those fenders down if you'd choose to do so.

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Just curious, why would you want metal?
I realize this is a completely irrational thing since the plastic fenders clearly work and work well. The weight difference is minor at best, not really a concern for me. But the idea of sanding down all these large plastic surfaces, then paying big bucks to repaint them just seems somehow wrong.

I'd also love to have proper chrome side covers and neck covers that aren't just plastic. Those are pretty flimsy. But so far I haven't see any alternatives that aren't just chromed plastic at $100 a pop.
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I realize this is a completely irrational thing since the plastic fenders clearly work and work well. The weight difference is minor at best, not really a concern for me. But the idea of sanding down all these large plastic surfaces, then paying big bucks to repaint them just seems somehow wrong.

I'd also love to have proper chrome side covers and neck covers that aren't just plastic. Those are pretty flimsy. But so far I haven't see any alternatives that aren't just chromed plastic at $100 a pop.
Is sanding down and repainting metal cheaper?
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Not cheaper, but in my opinion a lot more satisfying.
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I keep reading this as a guitar thread.
So let me just say I like my Fender.
It's a MIJ late 80's '57 reissue.

And yes, it's compatible with many guitars, and is just as good for metal as anything.







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