Hey guys, sorry this is not about a rat rod, but I hoped someone here could help. My wife wanted fenders for her Electra Townie since it didn't come with them. I figured I could surprise her for Christmas and so I snuck the bike down to the basement, thinking installing these would be cake. They came with a little bag o' parts and no instructions, and the fender stays were all wrapped up in the packaging so you couldn't really see how they were designed until you opened it up. I put things together as it made sense to me. Here's how I set them up (photochop image from a photograph you'll see below). I intend to cut them down so they don't stick out like little antennae, then put the supplied caps on the ends of the stays. Later, I emailed Electra suggesting they ought to put together some kind of instructions because it's not obvious how these things are supposed to go, and they sent back a helpful email with instructions and pictures. They want the stays on the *outside* of the brackets though: Also, they don't suggest trimming them down. For the life of me I can't imagine a company as image conscious as Electra putting out something like this... can you picture metal wires protruding from fenders in one of their pretty catalogs? I can't. Anyway, I plan to cut them, but I was wondering if there's any reason not to leave the stays inside as in my first picture? Or any reason not to cut them down? It seems stronger the way I did it but maybe someone here can chime in and offer a more knowledgeable view. Thanks!