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!