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Damn, I didn't buy the Scrambler to work on, thought I was gunna get away with just doin the necessary maintenance,,, and plenty of riding,,,

Well, you know what it's like. :distrust:

Went for a blast the other day and hit some bad corrugations on one of the back roads, heard a bit of a commotion going on out back around the number plate area,,,, got home and the cogs started grinding.

Went ta bed thinkin about that big lump of a thing that's just there ta hold the plate,,, extra weight, extra un-sprung weight, not ta mention the number plate light wire that runs all over the back and through the chain,,, generally, a useless,,,,,thing.

Got up this mornin and decided ta do something about it,,,,,,,,,

Here's the result.

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Excess baggage gone, number plate wiring runs up between the fender and it's underplate, all in all, pretty happy with the outcome. :icon_cheers:
 

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Cheers Vince, yep, gunna put some never-seize in the holes and cap them with black caps., or, black grub screws, which ever looks better.

(edit note ) even better, just finished installing stainless grub screws then sealed everything up with plasti-dip,,, looks good.
 

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More pics and more details needed!! How'd you find the coppers with the tail tidy? They're a bit defect notice happy down here.
 

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More pics and more details needed!! How'd you find the coppers with the tail tidy? They're a bit defect notice happy down here.
Pretty easy really, just used a bit of galvanized 25mm x 50mm light angle, cut to size, 130mm on the 50mm side and 170mm on the 25mm side (centered) then drilled two holes to suit the plate and three holes to suit the under fender mounting, three tek screws into the fender under plate.
( the 50mm x 130mm side of angle is for the mounting to guard and the 25mm x 170mm side used for attaching the number plate.)
Before plasti dipping the bracket I opened the angle out am bit to suit the tilt angle of the plate in relation to the fender.
Once the new bracket was dry, simply assembled the fender and under plate, new bracket, number plate, and number plate light wiring.
I used LED number plate mounting bolts.
Once assembled it fitted back on the bike as a single unit using the four fender mounting screws.

Number plate light wiring was easy enough to re-route up between the fender and under plate.
Left the front part of the wiring as is, re-routed it and tucked a few inches away behind the lower fender splash guard, leaving just enough for the plug connector to be accessed when rear fender assembly was fitted.
Cut and trimmed the rear part of the wiring so that it followed the same path as one of the indicator wires to the bottom front of the assembly, it could then be connected by plugging in when the rear fender assembly was re-fitted.
Hope that description does the trick.

I should have taken some pics along the way,,,,
(got a bit carried away when I discovered the rear fender screws had been fitted with RED Thread Lock, another story, Red thread locker )
so next time I have need to remove the rear fender I'll snap a few.

Oh, not many coppers out this way so will prolly never find out,:angel4:

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A QLD copper told me whilst sitting beside me at a red light that I needed the reflector under the plate that came in my Evotech kit. It still does not extend past the tyre but apparently it is fine with that. Still not 100% sure it would pass a DOT inspection though.
He didn't even mention the unbaffled Full Race Termi ....
 

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Yep, funny one that, I can't believe that a reflector is still required on the back when all later model machines have the tail light on when running, and most tail lights now incorporate a reflector anyways.
One of those throwback rules from the horse and cart days.

I don't plan on doing a lot of riding on roads that attract the federalies, most will be on outback roads and in the scrub.
Come to think of it, most of the coppers I see out this way are usually riding their own "road non complain" chook chasers through the scrub as well.
I thought about utilizing the OEM reflector for about two seconds, but decided that if I was to go somewhere that required strict consideration for the regs I'd simply bolt the fugly, round the back, useless arm back on for that duration.
Different States, even regions within States, and attitudes of those policing the regs differ so vastly that it's a
" do as required " deal me thinks.
 

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I have the evotech tail tidy on my FT and after a little rough road riding last Sunday. heard an unpleasant sound coming from the back and stopped to find my number had been caught on the rear tyre and bent up underneath. Pulled it out and limped home to find on closer inspection that the bracket that supports the tail tidy had broken. Back to,the shop for the second time in 2 weeks. The first time a nut had put a small hole in the oil hose causing a small leak....
 

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Damn, I would have thought that a commercial number should have been designed to allow enough clearance for full suspension travel. Bummer.
(I'll be out first thing tomorrow checking the oil lines,,,):concern:
 

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I couldn't help myself Traceyleep, nice plate and see what it means, but the thought did cross my mind that it also could have meant " Tyre Located Plate " at the time, (not really funny I know )
 

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How did you get on with the shop re the Evotech ?
 

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rider says...

"Yep, funny one that, I can't believe that a reflector is still required on the back when all later model machines have the tail light on when running, and most tail lights now incorporate a reflector anyways.
One of those throwback rules from the horse and cart days."

Nah, it's just a failsafe (unless the bugger falls off) for when ya tail light (for whatever reason) ceases to function.
 

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Nah, it's just a failsafe (unless the bugger falls off) for when ya tail light (for whatever reason) ceases to function.
The reason why vehicles still need reflectors in the rear is so the reflectors reflect and identify that they are present when parked at night with the ignition off. Not such and issue on motorcycles but can be a problem with cars on narrow unlit roads.
 
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