Using the drawing board as his test bed, Van Wijk immediately realized the stock bodywork was far too ordinary. For example, the Marauder's rear fender style alone could be found on the Intruder 800, Magna and Vulcan 800. Sketches begat molds and molds begat plaster fenders, which were used to experiment with different styles. Finally, the shape of the metal rear fender was decided upon. The right side swoops down low to the swingarm while the left side wraps around the monoshock, reaching out to provide a license-plate mount. The brawny new fender required the Marauder's frame and swingarm to undergo major surgery, however. The entire rear subframe was replaced with a custom-built version to match the curvaceous new bodywork. Once an agreement was reached on this section of the bike, the rest of the project simply followed the motif established by the rear fender.