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License Plate Mounts

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  1. nvquatriterz
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    I was curious if folks here had done any custom license plate mounting, or are just going with the giant stock bracket with the reflectors?

    I was at my local shop yesterday and bought a billet license plate frame with solid polished backing plate on it. When I got home I realized that the "ears" that stick out for the reflectors extend past the plate about an inch on either side...AND, the vertical piece with the rubber button in it isn't exactly pretty either.

    My new billet frame seems rigid enough that I could remove the vertical portion of the bracket, and shorten the sides down (remove the el-cheapo reflectors), do a little sanding, grinding, painting and get a much cleaner appearance. Either that or next year during the "off season" I'll send that whole bracket out to be chromed.

    At any rate, I was hoping some folks could post pictures of what they've done for the license plates...if anything at all.

  2. gramer2g
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    Here is what I did to mine.

    Basically, I just took off all of the stock mounting bracket. Then I used some neoprene washers underneath the tag to raise it off the fender. I had to drill two holes into the tag though. You can see where the two "custom" holes were drilled. Then I finished off the mod with a nice HD chrome tag frame. I can't take credit for this mod though. It was origininated by someone else, and I loved the look. The best I've seen yet.

  3. meche
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    Here's the link to the first person that did it, afaik.
    freewebs.com

    And here's pics I took of when I did it. I left my reflectors on, as I do some night riding, and the visibility doesn't hurt then.

  4. gramer2g
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    To be clear to the original poster, the method posted by meche is the most widely done license plate mod. But, that's not quite like mine. I just didn't want there to be any confusion.

  5. gewo1
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    Tell me, what did you do with the wires, are they just tucked underneath the lisence plate. I have been thinking about doing this mod but was not sure what you do with the wiring.

  6. gramer2g
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    Tell me, what did you do with the wires, are they just tucked underneath the lisence plate. I have been thinking about doing this mod but was not sure what you do with the wiring.
    I pushed mine down through the holes in the fender. Basically, if you look up into the fender you'd see the wire bundles. I black taped them and they sit nice and flush with the fender, so no worries about them touching the tire. Even after I lower the bike this week, there is still no worry with them touching. And I only weigh a buck fifty.

  7. gewo1
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    Thanks kramer. That looks great I might have to try that.

  8. 9Sdarz
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    I just finished my plate mod, I actually made my own bracket so it would sit lower.

  9. gramer2g
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    Looking good

  10. GK
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    Kevo,

    What type of driverseat/back rest do you have? Im looking for something like yours. Is it stock? help if you can. thanks

  11. gewint711
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    I just did my mod. It's 200% better looking than stock. I attached some pics of the progress. Hopefully they will help anyone who wants to try it on their scoot. After I unbolted everything I took a dremel tool with a cutting wheel to score the ring that the wires go through on the bracket. I used pliers to break it off to get the wires out. I then cut the main bracket just above the bottom two fender bolts. I ran the wires back through the fender. They don't hang low enough to hit the tire. I may tie them up though for poops and giggles. I got the frame from HD and the bolts from Checker auto. Like the first post I drilled two holes in the plate to mount it using the existing holes in the fender. I used two nuts on the mounting bolts as spacers. If you have any skill with tools it should take no more than 45min to get it done. The last pic showes the discarded parts.

  12. ppucg
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    I did same as above except I used Kuryakyn plate and mount. It has a curved plate that the same as rear fender. It looks pretty cool. If I ever get time I'll take some pics. All my free time I'm on my bike.

  13. unpitten
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    Kevo, What type of driverseat/back rest do you have? Im looking for something like yours. Is it stock? help if you can. thanks

    That looks like the stock yami back rest. I put one on my 1300 today; FWIW I opted for the custom pad, it's a little bigger and is contured to fit the small of a persons back (my wife).... no logo on it as well. I think its about $5.00 more than the 'star' stamped pad.

  14. gewint711
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    Buck,
    I just looked up the plate frame that you r talking about. Looks a bit $$$ for my taste. I was thinking about using some of my metal smith skills to try to bend one myself. I figure a couple of sandbags should work without creasing or cracking it. An aluminum frame would bend well if I can find one. I'll keep my eyes open. Thanks for the info.

  15. plavzon
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    figured I would put my plate mod pictures in here as well. I made a bracket out of stainless steel instead of drilling the plate. I think it turned out great. The bracket was about 9.5" long(before bends), 1" wide.

    The point that mounts to the fender is 2.5" long, and the tabs go just to the end of the plate cover. and I think the risers where about 3/8". I put a piece of foam tape under the bracket to keep it from marring the fender. I tucked the wiring for the turn signals and plate light inside the chrom plastic housing, and the wiring for the brake light is between the plate and fender, very unnoticeable.

  16. BucJeeber
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    In case people are still interested in the mod, I found a place to get a laydown pretty cheap. (I double checked and it's made for a HD, but I'm sure there mod is pretty easy.)

    phatperformanceparts.com

    Sorry if this link has been posted somewhere around here before. It just seemed reasonably priced to me and I didn't see this place mentioned. There are some more there as well. Check 'em out. I'll be buying mine shortly.

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