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post #1 of 15 Old 05-01-2013, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Sub-Fender Removal License Plate Light Wires

So, after perusing the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Inspection requirements again and finding no mention whatsoever of a requirement for a license plate light, I've decided to remove my '09's rear sub-fender and just mount my plate on the fender without a light.

The wires going to the plate light seem to be permanently attached to the metal bulb fixture or whatever it is. I was hoping to find some kind of plug or disconnect. Is it okay to just cut them and then cap/tape them off? In the unlikely event I would have to reinstall and reconnect, seems like there would be plenty of loose wire to work with to splice them back together.

Also, my knowledge of electricity and wiring is very rudimentary. Feel free to laugh. If I cut the wires, do I cap them separately or do I need to connect them together? Does it matter?




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You need to cap them separately. Capping them together would be a dead short and blow the fuse.

It would be a quick and painless death for the fuse, but it would die over and over until they were separately capped.

I thought there was a connector.

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You need to cap them separately. Capping them together would be a dead short and blow the fuse.

It would be a quick and painless death for the fuse, but it would die over and over until they were separately capped.

I thought there was a connector.

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Ah, there is. Thanks, Tom. Your statement made me go look again. The plate wire and tail light wire both have connectors way up under the seat. I guess just a matter of disconnecting and sealing/taping the connector well and tucking it away somewhere. Thanks for the help, but sorry about the confusion.



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LED license plate bolt lights are not hard to wire up.

Let me know if you want a walk-through.

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a little dielectric grease inside the connector to prevent the contacts rusting out over time would probably be a good idea too.
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Here's the route I took. Although by law I'm only required to have one rear reflector, I decided to just transplant the entire bracket with reflectors up to the fender. I then removed the reflector from the bottom of the sub-fender, drilled a hole through the fender and put it underneath my plate so I have the one rear red reflector as required by law.

Thanks for the offer, Tom. Even though the plate light isn't required to pass a safety/registration inspection, the Missouri Driver's Guide still lists it as required equipment. I figure if I get busted for it, I'll look into those LED plate light bolts. As close as it is to it, I'm guessing the tail light will light it up enough that it appears illuminated.





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a little dielectric grease inside the connector to prevent the contacts rusting out over time would probably be a good idea too.
Yeah, that's a good idea. I think I've got some around somewhere.



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What's that vent tube that runs back there by the wiring lighting?




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I've got another question. I just unbolted the entire subfender and removed it. Now it seems the tail light wiring/housing will bear the brunt of stuff flying off the rear tire.

Since I don't foresee ever reinstalling the subfender, I'm thinking about cutting off the top part of it and re-attaching it with the 4 bolts to act as a wiring shield since when I took it off, all the wiring was protected by running underneath it.

Plus, if I ever needed to install the LED plate lights, that wiring would be even more vulnerable than the tail light wires since they would be down lower.

Any suggestions/ideas from anybody else that's done this?




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planalp -

The vent tube is from the radiator overflow tank.

To take the place of the sub-fender in supporting that stuff I made up a sheet metal bracket that bolts in place of the sub-fender. It's a bit juked up right now with some spacers and odd bolts because I needed to jack up my rear fender for additional muffler clearance, but you get the idea



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