Re: Best starting place
Ditto on the rubber. It doesn't work and will cause you problems.
You need to do a little research here and read about rubber mounting the engine and fenders. Fenders look great and serve a purpose but they can hurt you if they come loose or the braces fail. There are pages on both subjects. Use the search feature and key word/s.
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