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Thread: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator

Created on: 12/26/09 09:59 PM

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RE: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator
04/24/15 12:19 AM

Hey Rook - I'm ready to remove my rear fender, but before I do I'd like to have whatever parts / materials I'll need to re-light my license plate mounted on a custom bracket I'll make, so I don't have any down time waiting for stuff to arrive.

So ... is any wire cutting required? Or can the factory plate light's wiring just be re-routed to power a small LED light shining on the plate? I'll probably get 2 of those bolts with built-in LEDs. I could crimp/solder on the appropriate end connectors to a wire to run to those LEDs, if that would work?

I'd prefer not to cut into the factory wiring ... rather just plug into the a factory connector.

Thanks ...

Edit: Sorry, just found your LED light tutorial


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RE: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator
04/24/15 1:05 AM

Hi.
It's not necessary to cut the original wire. There's a plugging on the left side near the frame. You just need to have something of about 30cm of wire on your LED bolts to plug them into the original wire.



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RE: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator
04/24/15 5:26 PM

is any wire cutting required? Or can the factory plate light's wiring just be re-routed to power a small LED light shining on the plate?

I din't have to cut any OEM wires. I crimped contacts on the bolt light and plugged it into the same connector that the OEM tag light used. The connector for the tag light is shown in step 15 of this tutorial and there are some photos of the connectors about 2 replies below the tutorial.

Also, this :
LED TAG LIGHT INSTALL

Try to identify which slot in the OEM connector is negative and which is positive. mark them immediately so you can plug the +/- contact on the proper slots in the connector. I had to guess and it seems I got it right. I'm not sure it matters if you reverse them or not. It sure seems like it would matter but I believe I was told on the busa forum it would work either way (IDK if this was for the rear brake light or the tag light I was asking about). I'd just find out for sure which is negative and which is positive and stick with that or maybe you would blow a fuse? IDK? Use a test light if you need to.

can anyone verify whether or not it matters if the polarity of the tag light connector is reversed?


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RE: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator
04/24/15 10:00 PM

Thanks again. I believe polarity doesn't matter with a regular incandescent bulb, but does with LEDs.



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RE: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator
05/19/15 10:07 AM

Another satisfied customer Try to ignore the OEM bazookas.

Note the offender laying in the background ("off-fender" )


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RE: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator
05/19/15 1:07 PM

Looks GOOD!



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RE: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator
05/19/15 5:59 PM

Meant to also say: 1) Thanks for this instructional!

2) Works for a Gen 2 also. And I was able to remove all 3 fender securing bolts without removing the tail section. My set of open end wrenches are fairly short, so that prob helped some.


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RE: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator
05/19/15 7:16 PM

Good. Thanks for the Gen2 details. I edited the title at he top of p1...can't do anything about the name of thread but at least it's at the top of the tutorial.


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RE: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator
05/25/15 6:28 AM

Did this on my Gen2 yesterday, took about an hour. Thanks for the instructions, but as others note, you do not need to remove tail fairings or lights. You don't have to disconnect anything either, the ECU units slide out of the rubber holders and can be lifted out of the way. The rubber holder is soft,and can be held aside in order to get the 10mm wrench on the rear nut.

Piece of cake and the bike looks so much better without the fender.

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RE: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator
09/09/15 7:16 PM

While not a fender eliminator, this worked for me...
I just took a small dremmel and cut off the plastic fender just slightly above the bottom of the licence plate. I used a piece of duct tape on the fender for a straight-edge.

The red reflector is attached to the flat spot on the plate light with velcro for easy bulb servicing. It stays put.

With that much of the fender gone, it shows off enough of the rear tire to make quite a difference.

Takes less than 10 mins. No rewiring or brackets required.


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RE: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator
11/11/15 2:46 AM

Hey Rook, thanks for the tutorial, another satisfied follower of this post! Took me about half an hour, using a kit I bought on eBay, which came with the LED.



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RE: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator
11/11/15 3:27 PM

Orsome! Glad it helped AussieZX.



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RE: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator
11/11/15 4:05 PM

Well that's just great, AussieZX ... but I'm having a real hard time seeing the high rez pics of it you uploaded here.



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RE: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator
11/12/15 12:24 AM



LOl, I knew it would be suggested I post photos! I did it last night in the dark, so wasn't conducive to photo taking.



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RE: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator
05/01/17 8:33 PM

UPDATED



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RE: Rear fender removal and DIY fender eliminator
11/10/17 9:44 PM

updated forever!



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