I finally got around to relocating the license plate on my gen 1. I have a cogent shock and raising links and bottoming out has not been a problem, but I'm planning a cross country trip this summer and the last thing I need is to lose my plate somewhere and have to deal with that. It is kinda disconcerting how low that sucker hangs. I was just going to remove the plate and then reinstall putting the bolts through the bottom plate holes, which raises the plate up significantly, but I have the tusk racks, and the bar that runs around the rear obscured the top half of the plate. I figured Johnny Law would not appreciate that.
I made a bracket with some sheet metal and bolted it to the fender, then bolted the plate holder to the bracket so that the plate is horizontal to the ground instead of at an upward angle. Again, for Johnny Law. Probably didn't need to do that but it works. Got rid of that old plate bulb (that thing has to have a pretty good draw) and used those cheap amazon LED's that screw into the plate. They're really too bright (thinking of a way I can dim them up a bit, maybe I'll just try masking tape for now) and I'll be surprised if they hold up more than a year or two, we'll see.
I think most people cut off the old plastic bracket but I'm going to keep it on there for now. I'm not concerned about the tire hitting it and I like the reflectors back there, even if they probably don't help my visibility all that much. All in all it was a nice winter project that may eliminate a headache down the road.