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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-11-2008, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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One more tail chop

Here is a break down of the tail chop I did this weekend. Thanks to all those who have done this and posted the pictures as they were a big help to me figuring this out. I hope this info will be useful to someone as well.

What I used:
Drumel tool, Wrenches, vise grips, drill.

New LED license plate frame from BikersHiway $33.00
Black spray paint. $3.00
Retro-reflective tape kit, BikersHiway $24.00
Aluminum sheet, Lowes, $3.00 (for Bracket)
Craft paper for bracket template, $1.50 craft store.
Black plastic file separator from notebook for backing, free.

It took me about a day (with interuptions) and becuase I fabricated a few brackets before I got the fit I wanted. With the new reflector tape I added about 3 times more reflector than the original fender. 3 times more help for the cagers to see me.
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File Type: jpg Alum bracket after forming.JPG (62.9 KB, 451 views)
File Type: jpg Side shot.JPG (76.3 KB, 442 views)
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-11-2008, 06:46 PM
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Nice clean job!

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Great work! I love it.
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i like it....clean look...good job
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That's the best I've seen - very nice.
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Good job. One more reason I like being a Versys Rider and on this forum. The DIY fab jobs everybody does are awesome!
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Thanks guys. That darn fender was the part of the V that in my mind needed some help. It just looks better chopped back up to the turnsignals to me, I like seeing the tire and it seems to give it a beefer look.

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pmac: nice job. How did u attach the bracket? Screws, rivets, etc. thx dan
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Thanks. I used screws washer and nyloc nut. I painted them gloss black along with the homemade bracket so they would blend in better to the fender. Then I driiled holes in the homemade bracket to attach the bracket from the original fender using the bolts for it. Have about 500+ miles so far and it's holding up fine.

I also sanded the edges of the cut plastic fender with progressively finer sand-paper for a smooth finished edge. Just keep sanding until you get an edge finish your happy with.

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I've seen the shots of taking the "tail" off- which I think I'll do- but I like yours! Maybe I'll attempt in the winter after I've parked it!
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Pmac, nice job. Clean and neat.

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May make for a nice stripe up your back in the wet; but, sure looks good.


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You know there is enough coverage that I don't get a stripe on my back. I do get some splatter on the back tail light and some on the back of the seat but that is about it. It's low enough to take the bulk of the spin off.

I also made the plastic part that I put the red reflective tape on so I can move it down another inch if I needed for better protection and more reflective material, but haven't needed to.
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