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Trimed up the rear fender today

Trimmed my Fender on my 2012 versys, not a huge fan of the huge plastic piece. I wanted to see how this looked before I bought a fender elimator and I think I will keep it this way for a while. Only took about 10 mins.

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mine is trimmed down like that aswell, i like it more then a tidy tuck

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Nice... have you ridden in the rain yet?
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Nice... have you ridden in the rain yet?
i have loads, (yay portland) and that litle tip isnt missed
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i have loads, (yay portland) and that litle tip isnt missed
That's good to hear... Been thinking of trimming it up myself, but don't relish the wet streak down the back in the rain...

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Looks good. Is it me, or does the tire in the "after" picture look like it's wearing a flat spot in the center. Do you do a lot of straight line highway riding??
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Looks good. Is it me, or does the tire in the "after" picture look like it's wearing a flat spot in the center. Do you do a lot of straight line highway riding??
Yes, I like the look a lot also. Not to hijack the thread, but is there anything you can do (I know go canyon carving as often as possible) to slow down the tire wearing the flat spot in the middle? I would think in reality most of us do something like 80% of our miles in a straight line.

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...Not to hijack the thread, but is there anything you can do (I know go canyon carving as often as possible) to slow down the tire wearing the flat spot in the middle? I would think in reality most of us do something like 80% of our miles in a straight line.
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Trimmed my Fender on my 2012 versys, not a huge fan of the huge plastic piece. I wanted to see how this looked before I bought a fender elimator and I think I will keep it this way for a while. Only took about 10 mins.

How does it look at the point where you cut it? What did you use to cut it? Thinking about doing this to mine as well
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mine is trimmed down like that aswell, i like it more then a tidy tuck

Do you have any pictures? (Front and Back). What was your method of cutting it?
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Do you have any pictures? (Front and Back). What was your method of cutting it?
mines trimmed right above the bottom of the license plate (so the plate covers the cut line) just used a pair of tin snips. will put up a pic later

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I kept getting my thumb caught by the 'tail' when I took my '15 V off the rear stand, so I decided to remove 1.5" of it, leaving it looking 'stock', but shorter.

First step - I 'drew' a line across the tail under the license bracket and measured how long it was from the plate to the bottom - 4".



Then I removed the license plate and put a piece of 1.5" masking tape across it, from the 'line' I drew DOWN, then cut that 1.5" off below the tape.





Next up was to cut a piece of 1" stainless steel to the width of the flatter part of the OEM tail, then drill four 1/8" holes into it. Wider apart at the top because the tail's wider up there.



Then I held the SS bit I'd made to the cut-off portion w/ vice-grips, then continued the 1/8" hole thru the plastic



and then pop-riveted it.





Held it against the upper part of the tail, then drilled two more 1/8" holes



and added two more pop-rivets.



Once the license plate is bolted back on, everything is hidden, it looks "stock", and SO FAR has NOT caught my thumb again, and HOPEFULLY I won't have added a stripe up my back in the rain.



TOTAL co$t - about 10 cents for the pop-rivets!

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TOTAL co$t - about 10 cents for the pop-rivets!

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