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Here's my side mount license plate setup. I think it turned out good. I did it back in July. Zero problems so far.
I started by removing the rear plastic tail like everyone else. The factory wire that powered the oem license plate light is blue. You can see it when you unhook the factory connections when the license plate/plastic tail comes off. I cut my rear plastic so it was level with the bottom of the taillight, just like everyone else. There's plenty of write-ups about the tail procedure. Next support the bottom of the bike cuz you are about to remove the axle. So, remove the exle. When I first slid the mount on the axle and adjusted it into position, the mount hit the welds on the end of the swingarm preventing the plate from being angled to my tastes. I enlarged the axle hole into a slot so I could tilt it back more. You can't make it too much of a slot or you will end up seeing it because the axle head won't cover a big slot, just a smaller one. Tighten all that axle stuff back up. Now for the wiring. I installed my led plate frame and plate and ran the wires between the plate and led frame and angled them towards the swingarm. I don't like the next part- I had nowhere to put the wire so I layed it on top the swingarm and ran it towards the belt guard bolts. Here I ran the wire down and then forward toward the front of the swingarm. I wrapped it around the bottom of the swingarm and back up towards the belt guard again, this time the wire ends up being directly behind the frame and under the driver's seat. You have to be careful here cuz the belt is RIGHT THERE. I drilled two holes in the belt guard so I could run my wire through it to keep the wire off the belt. These holes will be hidden behind the frame. I ran the wire through here going in an upward direction heading towards the battery.
Right next to the battery area is the license plate/tlite/turn sig wiring and it runs along the left frame rail and into the inside of the rear fender and then finally back to the connections. Remember that blue wire I spoke of earlier?? I dug through the wiring loom next to the battery that leads to the rear connections and found that little blue wire. I cut it, crimped a connector on it, and then i connected it to the LED plate wiring I just snaked through half the bike. Crossed my finger and turned the key on. Sweet! It was the same blue wire. The LED's are awesome.
The mount came from road6custom.com vertical side mount bracket for the axle, part number is sku 00043 and its on sale, $24, I think, shipped.
I went to fleabay and bought the plate housing w/built-in led light. It was less than $30.
I realize there are other write-ups on this but I hope my version answers a question for someone sitting on the fence.. Just do it.

















 

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Nice job!!!

If the braket that I am fabbing up now doesn't work, then I am going with something like that. I will just have to take my chances with the local popo..
 

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That is nice! I want to do the same thing but have yet to find the right plate bracket for it and not sure how and which leds to put for the light. VA is strict on that stuff and would need to make sure it lights it up good enough for them.
 

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Can any of you guys tell me what size the axel bolt is? I need to get the right size drilled. I asked the dealership and everyone from the service department to the parts departments was scratching their heads.
 

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Can any of you guys tell me what size the axel bolt is? I need to get the right size drilled. I asked the dealership and everyone from the service department to the parts departments was scratching their heads.
I measured the threads sticking out the brake side and it .680"...about...18mm..........
I wouldn't think the axle size would be much more. But can't say for sure.
 

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I'm having the bracket fabed so I'll tell them to put an 18mm hole. My concern is that in 8sec-z's write up he said he had to drill the hole a bit bigger to get it into the position he wanted. I guess I'd rather it be too small than too big as I could always enlarge the hole that the fab shop cuts. Thanks for the info.
 

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very nice clean mod. i like how it looks now. nice write up!
 

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Thanks for the compliments!
I had to enlarge the hole because the end cap on the swing arm was hitting the plate bracket when I put it on. It looked too vertical and I wanted it a little more laid back so I "egg shaped" the hole a bit so I could tip the top back a bit more. If that end cap wasn't there, I wouldn't have had any problems. I think the axle was a 3/4" or 19mm iirc. You shouldn't make the axle hole too big because you'll be able to see it if the axle bolt head doesn't cover it up when it's in position.
Good luck and post up pics.
 

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The_Joker said:
What do you use to cut the pastic from the rear tail light area to make it clean?

A jigsaw?
I used tin snips and then filed the edge for a smooth finish.
The pics look good but it's not perfect. But neither am I...
 

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Loved how this looked. Now I'm following your footsteps on this. Trimmed up the plastic and metal tonight and ordered the same mount and similar LED frame. Thanks for the write up.
 

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Loved how this looked. Now I'm following your footsteps on this. Trimmed up the plastic and metal tonight and ordered the same mount and similar LED frame. Thanks for the write up.
StrykerBrock, this writeup helped me a lot too - one thing I would add, when you are doing the license plate mount, at the end of the swingarm, there is a bracket that has a nub that gets in the way of properly tilting the license plate. You can just flip the little bracket so the nub is on the other side. It doesn't cause any problems.
 

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ratboy said:
StrykerBrock said:
Loved how this looked. Now I'm following your footsteps on this. Trimmed up the plastic and metal tonight and ordered the same mount and similar LED frame. Thanks for the write up.
StrykerBrock, this writeup helped me a lot too - one thing I would add, when you are doing the license plate mount, at the end of the swingarm, there is a bracket that has a nub that gets in the way of properly tilting the license plate. You can just flip the little bracket so the nub is on the other side. It doesn't cause any problems.
Thanks for the heads up.
 

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ratboy said:
StrykerBrock said:
Loved how this looked. Now I'm following your footsteps on this. Trimmed up the plastic and metal tonight and ordered the same mount and similar LED frame. Thanks for the write up.
StrykerBrock, this writeup helped me a lot too - one thing I would add, when you are doing the license plate mount, at the end of the swingarm, there is a bracket that has a nub that gets in the way of properly tilting the license plate. You can just flip the little bracket so the nub is on the other side. It doesn't cause any problems.
Thanks for the heads up.
No problem. Here is a picture. You have to look closely, but you can see the nub or rib now on the other side from where it is from the factory position.

 
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