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    rubber dustcap rubbing front hub

    I installed some fenders on my bike and now the hub on my front wheel is rubbing.

    Here you can see that the fender hardware is applying pressure to the rubber dustcap:


    Despite the fact that the dustcaps do not and should not rotate, if I remove them then everything is buttery smooth:


    What should I do with these little buggers? Stick them in my box of bike parts and forget about them? Shave them down a little bit so they aren't flexed by the fender hardware? Do I really need them?

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    Bolt the fender stays outside of the fork dropouts !

    If they don't quite clear the fork, either add a washer or bend the fender stays.
    Michel Gagnon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michel Gagnon View Post
    Bolt the fender stays outside of the fork dropouts !

    If they don't quite clear the fork, either add a washer or bend the fender stays.
    I already have to bend the fender stays a little to get them to go on the inside. They won't fit on the outside at all. The fork has disc brake mounts on one side that completely get in the way. So putting the fender stays on the outside is not an option.

    What do those rubber dustcaps do? Would it be bad to shave them a little?
    Last edited by makeinu; 08-27-07 at 01:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michel Gagnon View Post
    Bolt the fender stays outside of the fork dropouts !

    If they don't quite clear the fork, either add a washer or bend the fender stays.
    Anyway I thought about this some more. You can see in the picture that the shocks in the fork would mean that the fender stays would need to take a 3-4 inch detour in order to go on the outside. We're not talking a single washer, but stack of 10-15 washers or a a pair of 90 degree stay bends.

    Since this is the only suggestion I've gotten I guess my only choice is to take a knife to the dust cap. Should I cut out a space for the fender hardware or should I shave/sand the dust cap smaller where it contacts the hub?

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