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Homemade Fender Eliminator on my R6

Well, like most people, I don't like the stock rear fender. I had already planned on buying the rear taillight w/ integrated turn signals, so I don't really figure that into my cost. I had looked at several sites, including eBay for a fender eliminator kit. Most are in the $20-30 range and don't have a license plate light. Others are in the $80-90 range and have a license plate light and funky turn signals (either stalks or barely visible single LEDs). I wanted to be legal at night, so I decided to make my own eliminator with a license plate light bracket.

I have several small aluminum brackets used for supporting garage door openers, so I took some measurements and cut two small brackets. I then took a couple more measurements and drilled some holes in the brackets to bolt them to the undertail, as well as to mount the stock license plate bracket and the stock light. Next, I ground down any burrs, as well as rounded off the corners of my new brackets. Next was a light coat of semi-flat black paint.

I then purchased some rubber washers and some nuts and used the stock holes and screws for mounting my two brackets. I also have the rear taillight with integrated turn signals installed (Thanks, Speedwerks!). Cost of hardware was less than $3. If you want to include the taillight, then yeah, I spent in the $80-90 range, but I personally like my setup better because none of the other fender eliminators came with the taillight that I wanted.

I did not have to make any modifications to the undertail of the bike. Also, I was able to use the stock wiring for the light bulb. Now, whenever I go to the track, I can just unbolt the brackets, pop off the undertail, disconnect the light and put it back together. Total time necessary to remove the brackets, light, etc. is about 5-10 minutes.

Oh, and one other thing I added was the solo cowl. Here are some pics. First are before and after pics of the stock fender and then my fender eliminator.
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Here are some more pics. The first one is a pic of the painted brackets. The second is a close-up of the bracket used for the license plate light.

The third pic is a close-up from the side, the fourth a close-up from the rear, and the fifth was taken with no flash, showing how well the license plate is lit.
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Looks very nice Captain. Nice job.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-10-2005, 06:20 PM
 
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Get a patent...start selling them to Speedwerks! Then you can become a supporting vendor of TWF! Oh yeah, It looks good!
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Looks great!!!
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looks nice cap.
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nice work!
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very cool ! u should definitly start makeing them ..lol .iam still i need for the licence plate light for mine got any idea's?
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very cool ! u should definitly start makeing them ..lol .iam still i need for the licence plate light for mine got any idea's?
oh yea...... um no i dont
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very cool ! u should definitly start makeing them ..lol .iam still i need for the licence plate light for mine got any idea's?
If you have a digital camera (or can borrow one) take some pics of the bare undertail for me. Then take a couple pics of your fender eliminator. It wouldn't hurt to see a couple pics of the stock light bulb and hardware as well. Get that stuff to me and I can possibly come up with some ideas for you.
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Very nice Capt.

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Very nice Capt.

Do I see a bunch of ebay sales coming in your future?
Nah, too much effort and not enough room for profit. Plus, I'd either have to tell people to buy the rear taillight with integrated signals, or I'd have to buy them and include it in the sale for higher cost. It's just not worth the hassle. Of course, I could just market these to people who already have the integrated taillight. However, I would need to make sure I don't have any problems in the future with this setup before trying to market it.
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Wow, that original fender was

Very nice job on the mod...

YA THINK???
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Nice fabricating, Captain. But I couldn't find the integrated turnsignals.
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Nice fabricating, Captain. But I couldn't find the integrated turnsignals.
Do you mean that you can't see them on my bike? Or that you can't find them for your bike? As for my bike, you can't tell because the taillight doesn't look any different than the stock taillight. They're both LED light assemblies, but the new one has a different circuit board in it to allow the taillight to be used as the turn signals as well. The right half blinks yellow for the right signal, and the left half for the left signal.

If you can't locate them on SpeedWerks site, they may not have them listed. Drop them an e-mail and they'll find it for you. If you can't find a set for your bike, it's possible that they aren't made for it.
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Captain, that sounds interesting. If you put the brakes on and signal for a left turn, will the left side blink yellow and the right side have bright, steady red? For regular running, are both sides regular (non-bright) red? It looks like the tail light is clear. Does the circuit board control the color of the LED's or just control which LED's (red or yellow) are lit? Thanks.
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Captain, that sounds interesting. If you put the brakes on and signal for a left turn, will the left side blink yellow and the right side have bright, steady red? For regular running, are both sides regular (non-bright) red? It looks like the tail light is clear. Does the circuit board control the color of the LED's or just control which LED's (red or yellow) are lit? Thanks.
I think you've got it right on all accounts.

If you put brakes on and signal for a left turn, then yes, the left side will blink yellow and the right side will have bright, steady red.

Regular running, both sides are regular red. Put the brakes on, both sides are bright red.

I would imagine the circuit board controls both the color of the LED's and which ones are lit, but I'm not positive on that. However, I'm sure it has to be that way because this light plugs directly into the stock harness with a stock style connector. The only thing you have to splice are the turn signal wires. Make sure you test to see which wire lights what side because they aren't labeled (my only complaint, but it was simple to test).

And the turn signals are VERY bright. I was a little worried before I got them because the image makes it tough to tell how bright the bulbs are, but they are BRIGHT. Pics are below, but they don't really give a completely accurate representation.
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Captain, that sounds interesting. If you put the brakes on and signal for a left turn, will the left side blink yellow and the right side have bright, steady red? For regular running, are both sides regular (non-bright) red? It looks like the tail light is clear. Does the circuit board control the color of the LED's or just control which LED's (red or yellow) are lit? Thanks.
It should work just like a car.
Right signal; right side blinks while left side stay on solid for break.
That's how it works on my GSXR 6 with old style bulbs.
I just go to the Trailer sales lot and get a splitter box for the older style two bulb tail lights.
It wont work with LED lights.
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Oh Yea Thats a CLEAN job Capt.
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