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post #1 of 20 Old 07-09-2011, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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Clean up your rearend

Someone asked me about how I trimmed the rear fender on my bike. I like to clean up the rear end of all my bikes. Gives it a better look, opens up the rear end to give a more aggressive appearance, and in the case of the KLR it gets rid of its distinguishing beaver tail look as I call it.

It's very easy to do. Just use some tape to make a line where you want to cut and stand back and look at it to see how the lines flow from all angles. Initially I was going to trim it more but luckily my wife talked me out of it. She said I was trimming too much for how fat/wide the front looks. For once she was right.

Then you just use a dremel cutting disc. Cut off what you don't want, then use the sanding wheel bit to sand it smooth and round off the edges and make it look more factory like. Let me dig up some pictures...



















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It's easy to unbolt the original tag holder then start trimming. Just drill 2 new holes in the tag (where it lays flat against the tag) and the fender to mount. Piece-O-cake.

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It's easy to unbolt the original tag holder then start trimming. Just drill 2 new holes in the tag (where it lays flat against the tag) and the fender to mount. Piece-O-cake.

Your state doesn't require a license plate light or reflectors?

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They do but I've never been stopped for it and I've ridden right by them and in front of them. I leave the tag light wires there so if I ever get in trouble I could buy those LED's that are in the tag bolts themselves to shine down.

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I think I'll keep the plate and light. Should be able to mount the plate light to the bottom of my milk crate: might have to lengthen the wires. I just want to get rid of that crap that hangs down: haven't even looked at it to see if I can just unbolt it or whatever. The length of the actual fender doesn't bug me, just that protruberance the plate's mounted on. It's one of my Winter Projects, along with finally de-Nadering it.



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Here's what I did





The license plate bracket has LEDs to light the plate. I turned it upside down so the lights don't glare. i used the stock reflector bracket for the sides and drilled holes in the fender for the rear. California requires the reflectors.

Just put the new shoes on, Kenda 761s

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I like the illuminated license plate bracket. That might be even easier and more effective than trying to relocate the stock light. I don't know if they're required here in Mo., but was planning on keeping the reflectors/bracket. They don't bother anything and could do some good sometime.



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Looks better than stock!

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I don't know if I should do this or not, because once I do, I'm going to find it really hard to not make my own "mini mud flap" with the infamous "Trucker Girl" logo.

http://www.smartblonde.net/WHOLESALE...E-p/lp-041.htm



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