this is one i did...CHEAP!
so i wanted a side mount licence plate. Kury setup was over $150...... F that! i was browsing around at the bike shop and came across a universal plate mount. it was a $4 peice of aluminum with a pre-drilled pattern for moto plates. i can afford $4.....so i got it. i also piked up a $5 chrome frame. then i started getting ideas for the rear turn signal assembly and ways to clean it up a bit. so i piked up a set of clear SMALL turn signals (sport bike style).
ok so here is my shopping list......
-turn signals = $15
-aluminum plate = $4
-chrome frame= $5
-set of 4 licence plate screws (security) = $4
1) start by laying everthing out and get a sense of whats about to take place. measure out the fattest part of your driveshaft near the 4 bolts. take into account the welds also. i used a caliper (not a brake part, but the measuring device
2) mark out your plate as to where you want to chop out a section for the driveshaft. i liked putting it the center...made for a cleaner, factory look. i used a can of spray paint to make the curve. it fits just right!
3) suck it up and chop it. just remember its a $4 part.....if you screw up, just go get another.
4) trial fit your piece. if it looks good, mark your centerline of the two outside driveshaft bolts. drill them out. i did a slotted style hole for making a bit of fine adjustment when on the bike. i only used the two bolts.....but you may feel like using all four. just mark carefully, and run 2 more holes.
5) at this point, everything should line up and fit nicely. i took a file and a dremel to it to clean up all the cuts and holes. you can also put some paint to it too if you want. the nice thing about this is its aluminum....you can leave it milled, polish it out to a chrome-like finish, or shoot on some color.....very versital!
6) bolt it up and enjoy. after your firt ride, double-check the tightness on the driveshaft bolts.
ok so that takes care of the side-mount......but now you have this $#!tty empty bracket hanging from thr rear..... YUCK!
you can just chop it off with a grinder, dremel, hacksaw, beaverteeth, whatever....but i went a little further.
1) unbolt the turn signals and cut the wires going to them. i left a little wire hanging out incase someone wanted to use them on something else. email me if you want them
2) i did the same to the rear licence light. chop it!
3) this is where it gets scary....take an aforementioned cutting tool of your choice and go to town.....i placed a couple strips of duct tape to the painted part of the fender to protect it. GO ON, GROW A PAIR!!!! i found that the angle grinder/cut off wheel did the most effective cutting.
4) take a file or dremel and clean up your hack job.
5) a quick spritz of spray paint to keep the rust from forming. i used Rustoleum flat black.
6) I got a pair of sportbike signals that mount with 3M tape. i liked them cause they are clear and have a chrome-like base. they have a nice chrome look to them when not lit up. i held them up to the side of the bike, and found the place i liked. mine are below and flush with the rear fender struts.
7) mark the spot for your wiring. centerpunch & drill. mine ended up being right on the inner fender brace.....i just drilled through the fender and NOT through the brace. that way it protects the wires from road debris/rear tire.
wire up your new lights and test them. BLING BLING!
9) zip-tie all the excess wiring out of the way. i also ran some zip-ties to help secure the wires to the brace i talked about in #7. i am paranoid about the rear tire getting in contact with the wires.
THATS IT! now take it out for a spin and test everything out. go show off to your buddies. when you get home, double-check the tightness on the driveshaft bolts...better safe than sorry. ENJOY!