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Old 06-03-2009, 08:05 PM
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Default Homemade fender eliminator ( How to tutorial )

So myself and a friend decided to try and make our own fender eliminators and they turned out pretty good. He has the integrated tail light and i have aftermarket rear blinkers, it works for both just needed an extra couple brackets for the blinkers. This isn't the best walkthrough but you should get the jist of it. Some pictures are included to help

Initially i had just hacked the fender off as high as i could and that worked for a while...until i got the itch to work on the bike again.

Started by taking off the rear seat cowling and laying flat on a piece of cardboard and tracing the inside of the bottom (knowing that we would have to leave an extra 3/8" or so outside that line for the final cut) then put that aside and looked at where to cut the fender off at so that the tool carrier and my powercommander would still have something solid to sit on. We also had to look at where the brake light was mounted because it is important that the light sit in the same position once you cut the mounting plastic away. It took some trial and error for the brackets but it eventually fit. Then it came to cutting the plastic....

There is a point at which the fender protruding from the cowl meets the cowl and it just so happens to be flat there so it made for a perfect mounting spot for the license plate bracket.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3594031468/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3592303806/

We used a dremmel and cut the fender off leaving some of the plastic pointing towards the rear to sandwich our new undertail with the cowling.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3592304994/

Then we mounted the light with the previously made brackets and checked to make sure it was in the correct position by putting the cowling back on and making sure the light matched the contours exactly they way it do when it was stock
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3592307558/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3592306412/

Once the light was in place we could take the cardboard and start to do a little more tracing for the cut-out of the light, this also took some trial and error before we got the perfect fit. Then we took a piece of stainless 1 1/2" by 7" (the width of my license plate) and bent it at an angle so it would be perpendicular to the bottom of the cowling. Then cut a slit in the cardboard to accomadate the bracket. Then once all the cuts we made and the cardboard looked like it was going to fit we cut it out of plastic, prob 1/16" thick (thought it was gonna be flimsy but once it was in place was actually quite rigid. Oh we had to stop the plastic right behind the rear set of pegs and bend it up with two folds to bring it up to the existing fender(we attached it here with a plastic trim clip)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3592308896/

This is what the inside of the rear seat looks like
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3592300932/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3592302628/

This is the final product
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3592299292/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3591493035/

Hope you find this helpful if you have any questions just pm me
 

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Old 06-03-2009, 08:23 PM
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nice work!
 
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Old 06-04-2009, 04:00 AM
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thats nice lol i like
 
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Old 06-04-2009, 07:09 PM
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Very nicely done! I've been hoping to do that based off of an old tutorial on that, but I like the detail on yours. I plan on doing my own cardboard, but did you happen to do a drawing with the dimensions before you cut the sheet metal? Also, I can't exactly tell from the pictures, but would you say that you have just as much room in the "trunk" or slightly less?
 
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Old 06-05-2009, 07:26 AM
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i have just as much room in the trunk as before, because i never cut any plastic away from where the tool storage is or anything. The plastic that was cut way was under the light.

I don't have any dimensions for the undertail either, i would have to take it out and measure it. Not a huge job i'll see if i can get to it and post something later on next week
 
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Old 06-06-2009, 04:42 PM
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You don't need to pull it out on my account. I suppose I should be using the cardboard anyway to make sure there isn't anything different about my dimensions
 
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How in the world do you get into the trunk without the key lock assembly?
 
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where did you get the sheet of plastic?
 
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Old 01-20-2010, 02:06 AM
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That's a nice job you've done there. Looks good too.
 
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so does anyone know what happens to the key lock? did the location move? How do you get into the seat? thanks!
 

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