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post #1 of 35 Old 04-17-2015, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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License plate relocation

I've seen where some have done away with the low hanging license plate bracket and mounted the plate on the back fender. I do not see how the plate gets lit up at night. Can someone elaborate?
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post #2 of 35 Old 04-18-2015, 04:48 AM
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They sell license plate mounting bolts that have built-in LED lights, but I don't worry about not having a license plate light. It's required by law here, but it's not an item they check during a "safety inspection."

I'm not one to break laws, but after the first few times a police cruiser was behind me at night and I was wondering if they were going to pull me over and they didn't, I stopped worrying about it. I really think they just don't care and, unlike a larger car plate, by the time they get close enough to actually read the numbers on the smaller m/c plate, it's definitely going to be in the full glare of their headlights.

But, if I were to feel inclined to illuminate it, I'd probably just hit a junkyard and get a license plate light off a car and wire it in.



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post #3 of 35 Old 04-18-2015, 08:33 AM
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After having my license plate chewed up by suspension flexing and the attendant interference with the rear tire, I moved the replacement plate up by fastening it to the fender via the two lower (versus the upper) bolt holes.

The passive rear reflector was occluded by this modification; I compensated by using four reflective bolts fastened to the holes in the license plate.

Tight fit, but . . . looked to me like the plate was then illuminated by the license plate light, as before.

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Sounds cool. It definitely looks a lot better.

So you guys just drilled holes in the fender to mount it?

Anyone have some close up pics of that?
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So you guys just drilled holes in the fender to mount it?
Didn't have to drill any holes, just used lower existing holes in license plate for mounting, versus upper hole previously used.

May post an image.
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I just drilled a couple of holes in the fender and moved the whole thing up: bracket, reflectors, plate and all. The right side red reflector isn't much use since my exhaust keeps it covered in black soot. I've got black reflective tape all over the bike so compared to it the red plastic reflectors don't serve much purpose, anyway.....



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Here is a license plate in the standard KLR position; mangled, as you can see (perhaps you can see; these total-darkness shots lack detail available under other lighting conditions). Suspension flexing and knobbies caused this:



Here is a relocated plate, as mentioned: Instead of using upper tag holes, lower tag holes were used for mounting:



Again, apologies for the "flare" of the image; total darkness flash shots sometimes bring such consequence.

Here are some cropped images of the two respective mounting positions:





Hope the images are legible enough to explain the concept: Raise license plate; use two lower mounting holes instead of two upper mounting holes to affix to fender.

Use four reflective bolts for mounting in the alternate position, compensating for covering up the fender reflector.
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Here's a better image of the Generation 1 solution, and . . . a Generation 2 with a more elaborate relocation scheme:


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post #9 of 35 Old 04-18-2015, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Kool, thx for the photos. Mine is a gen 2, so I'm going to have to come up with something. I'd like to avoid drilling the fender, but may have to.
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post #10 of 35 Old 04-19-2015, 02:49 AM
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I drilled and used the mounting plate on the fender almost touching
the tail light.
It gets illuminated a bit but not much. I run a blue dot
also. Never been bothered about either one.

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