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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-17-2008, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Fender

Has anyone modified their rear fender yet? Iíve been looking at fender eliminator options and wondered what products or methods others are using. I would like to find something state side if possible.
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-22-2008, 09:26 AM
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I created my own tailtidy.
If you're the handyman type it's not to hard a job.
Here's a pic of the job in progress. I have more on the versys.co.uk site in my picture folder. I also have the drawing of the Ali tailtidy if you want.

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Thanks

Thanks for the info and photo
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Here's another photo of a kit I found on the net.
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Fender again

Sorry, I meant to include the following photos with the last message.
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One more

last one - really!
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Perfect. Thanks for the pics....this will be my first mod!

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Just finished my version of a fender eliminator. I will probably still purchase an undertail at some point in the future, but this will do for now.

The process involved a hacksaw, drill, Dremel (rotary tool), Philips screwdriver, 8mm and 10mm sockets, a front license plate bracket from a 70 VW Bus, the original license plate bracket, and some screws, washers, and rubber wire grommets from Lowes (hardware store).

1. I removed the license plate, license plate bracket, and turn signals.

2. I cut off the bulk of the rear fender behind the license plate light extension (hacksaw).

3. I removed excess fender material (Dremel), which allowed easer access for precision cutting.

4. Using the Dremel I cut the remaining fender material from just below the turn signal mounting points, following the existing curve in the remaining fender material.

5. I made a cut across the remaining fender material (just under the tail light), tying the previous cuts together. (If I was able to do this over, I would leave slightly more fender material in this area for support.)

6. I fashioned a mounting bracket from a 70 VW Bus front license plate bracket. I bent it in a U shape, leaving 5Ē across the middle. This allows the bracket to fit between the turn signal mounting points.

7. I drilled new holes and attached the original Versys license bracket to the new bracket (inverted). I also drilled two holes in the sides of the new bracket for the turn signal wires.

8. Next, I reinstalled the turn signals into the original mounting positions. Then, I ran the turn signal wires through the new bracket; placed the bracket between the turn signals, and butting the center section against the inner fender, secured it to the turn signals using longer screws (hex head) with large (relatively speaking) flat washer and lock washer. I also used some silicon between the points where the bracket and inner fender meet for extra stability and vibration control.

9. I am using a small LED to illuminate my license plate, purchased from a local cycle shop.

Thatís about it.
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Here are the rest of the photos showing the progress
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One last pic

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Has anyone modified their rear fender yet? Iíve been looking at fender eliminator options and wondered what products or methods others are using. I would like to find something state side if possible.
So who makes the one in your thumbnail?
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Do you get a skunk stripe when riding in the rain?
Have to ask, last time I put gas in the truck was March, the bike is my daily.

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Drawback

Frankly, YES!
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Tail kit

I can't remember which kit is which - I did a lot of looking at that time. I made my own version, and that worked okay. But I eventually purchased a Tail Tidy. It worked great and I was able to get it state side from the guys listed below. It's kind of funny - it was the only thing I salvaged after crashing my bike a couple months ago.

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Frankly, YES!
That's why I never put fender eliminator's on any bike!!

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I didn't get that radical with it. I just trimed off the plactic just above the bottom of the license plate.

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Thanks, I suspected as much. Looks cool but it's about function to me right now. Maybe in a few years when I get my next bike, after that the V joins my 79 KZ in the toy category.

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I fitted a Tail Tidy , not too difficult to fit and looks a lot better than standard .
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Hey Shawn , do you have any pics of your tail tidy ????
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I dont have access to photobucket to upload , if you send me a PM with you email I can email you a pic to post .
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