$1 MTB Mud Guard

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Introduction: $1 MTB Mud Guard

This is a super cheap way to have an indestructible mud guard on your mountain bike.

Things you will need:
Cheap plastic cutting mat ($1 at Dollar Tree) http://goo.gl/rh3oYy
(4) zip-ties

Tools:
Pencil
Printer (to print out stencil 8.5 x 11)
Scissors 
X-acto knife or hole punch

Step 1:

Print out stencil PDF  on 8.5 x 11 (landscape) letter paper and cut it out with scissors. Don't forget to cut out zip tie holes.

I added a second version of the mud guard. I extended the guard past the forks to control even more of the muck and mire. Enjoy.

You will need to print out both pages line them up and tape them together and then cut out the whole stencil. (I did this because I figure most people only have letter size paper not 11x17 or the like.)

Step 2:

Trace out line of paper stencil with pencil onto plastic cutting mat

Step 3:

Cut plastic cutting mat into shape traced onto mat. Punch or cut holes in plastic for zip-ties.

Step 4:

Mount mud guard onto forks. Loosely attach all four zip-ties to fork. Stating with the top zip-ties snug them up to the cross member making sure the mud guard is centered. Then snug the zip-ties on the down tubes. Then snip off zip-tie tail.

Step 5:

APPLY STICKERS, and go get muddy!

Step 6: Extra Files

Here are a few extra files for you to use. DWG, DXF and SketchUp SKP

13 People Made This Project!

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22 Comments

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S0dyP0p
S0dyP0p

8 months ago

This is a pretty inexpensive part, by bike part standards, but I was really hoping someone had created a good PDF template I could use to go even cheaper. And you did! Thank you.

I notice some of you posting "made it"s skipped at least part of step 5, which is a shame. Mine will definitely have stickers prior to mud application.

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jdlee77
jdlee77

Reply 8 months ago

Step 5 is the most important step :)

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BrettJ30
BrettJ30

3 years ago

hey guys how would this template go on a stunt jumper fattie i.e 3 inch tyre? cheers

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orangerusty
orangerusty

Reply 2 years ago

Unfortunately, I just tried it and no, it didn't leave enough clearance for the tire. Bummer I didn't think about it before I cut it out. Aaargh!

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superoxy
superoxy

2 years ago

Thanks for this!

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sbrusek
sbrusek

4 years ago

2017 giant trance. Version one at the front. Version two with custom holes at the back. Thank you for your plans

Ps. Plastic $1each from homeware section in Target in Aus

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unarj
unarj

4 years ago

would love to see a template for reverse forks (Manitou, etc)

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LizzieM9
LizzieM9

4 years ago

where do u find the plastic im in australia

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Justinv12
Justinv12

4 years ago

What size should the final product be? Length and width? of the front and back?

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jdlee77
jdlee77

Reply 4 years ago

The "small" one prints on 8.5" x 11" paper. So it's approximately 8.5" x 10". You can use the same pattern for the front wheel and back wheel on your bike. Happy Building! Dont forget to come back and post photos!

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Justinv12
Justinv12

Reply 4 years ago

Thanks. I tried it out this weekend. Came out perfectly. Just need to get on some wet and muddy trails!

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fughley
fughley

5 years ago on Step 5

Very Clever! so simple yet so effective.

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ddoan3
ddoan3

5 years ago

Same template. Used on my rear tire. Also used on my fixie.

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jdlee77
jdlee77

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

Looks great! Thanks for showing the photos. Good to know it works on the back as well.

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ddoan3
ddoan3

5 years ago

Awesome! Looks like marshguard and the other on shelf fender u buy at the local bike shop

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jdlee77
jdlee77

6 years ago

It is in inches

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jdlee77
jdlee77

7 years ago

I have added a second version. Enjoy :)