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DIY: Fender Eliminator (06 - 11 R6)
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DIY: Fender Eliminator (06 - 11 R6) - December 1, 2010, 09:50 AM

Okay, so I figured it could not hurt to show what I did since I see people regularly asking about options to clean up the ass of their R6. So, with out further ado.....

This stems from a combination of being a little cheap, liking do it your-self jobs, and random ideas that came to me.

1: I took the stock fender that comes with the R6 and pulled that sucker off the bike because let's face it, the stock fender is booty (and not in a good way).



2: Next, I bought a $4.00 metal saw blade at Lowe's (Home Depot was a buck more and I was in Lowe's that day). I choose to cut about two thirds of the stock fender off. This is the point of no return so make sure you like where you are going to cut. I had the original one off my 07 R6 so I could screw it up and know I had a back up if I did not like it.



3: I then took the actual bracket that holds the tag off the stock fender. That part was simple.....it's held on by two bolts and those are easy to undo. So far I have left the bolts in place rather than cut them in case I decide to use them to mount some kind of signal lights. Although I am probably going to go with tag bolt lights that also have a turn light option (I will keep you posted on how that works out).



4: This step is really not strictly necessary but hey, ya got a hot bike, why not keep it clean and neat. I Picked up a $4 metal file at Lowes also and filed down the rough edges so things were all smooth. We all know the ladies love a close smooth shave.



5: The next step is down to do what feels right for you (mind out of the gutters you sicko's). I dropped the whopping sum of $6 bucks at Lowe's (yeah, they cleaned up big time of this trip...my poor bank account..;(..) and picked up some JB weld.



*posters note* First, you will have to bend the piece you cut out just a little bit so it lines up on either side of the hole in the tag bracket. Also, you will have to experiment a little with the JB Weld to get a nice hold. The first time I did it I just put some on the face and let it harden. A co-worker was checking it out and pulled on the two pieces and on the second tug it came apart. The second go-round I made it a point take some of the excess and push it up on the sides so there was more to hold it in place. Works MUCHHHHHH better!

6: Last step I took.....spray painted it with a nice matte black spray paint. I went with the one that they make for outdoor grille's (home depot this time....gotta show the orange some love). This was the first coat but right after I re-did the JB Weld so it's not quite clean yet.



The best part is it will mount right back in place using the stock screws and not leave a hole in the ass of the bike. I will mount it late this week and see if the brake light provides enough light to see the tag at night.

So, that's it. Feel free to posted comments, criticisms, random disparaging remarks......


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they can still pull you over and give you a ticket because you don't have a light for the tag in VA. How do I know...

I do like it though. I got an inexpensive one on ebay last year. This summer actually put the stock one back on, it gives me more hook points for the bungy net.


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That's why I am picking up LED tag light bolts. Hold the tag in place and light up mah plate.... ;0


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That's why I am picking up LED tag light bolts. Hold the tag in place and light up mah plate.... ;0
LED not DOT approved...just saying.
I still like your creation.


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if it is close the tail light then you dont need extra lights


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December 1, 2010, 10:37 AM

Salva.....Ah, now it makes sense. Damn federal laws.

Deep.....It will sit about an 1 to 1 1/2 inches from the brake light so that should provide illumination. I will post up a pic once I get it mounted.


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I might be interested in doing this with my bike.

have you ever tried using door hinges? I think thats what i'll be doing.
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No, had not thought of using door hinges. Try it and lemme know how it works.


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have you ever tried using door hinges? I think thats what i'll be doing.
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Remembered that I was going to post a pic once it was in place so here ya go.....no need for the tag bolt lights I was thinking of. I re-did it using Fender from the new bike because the screws that hold it in place are a different size. I changed the position a bit and the brake/running light actually lights it up.





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Great diy write up..Integrated taillight or no?
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Looks good but be careful using JB weld were vibration can crack it and then break off. Would suck to get home and realize you have no tag. As for hinge material try The Tractor Supply. They carry smaller hinge stuff. Lowes and HD should also.


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Nice write up man! +1 to what Dodge said about the JB. I would suggest using a small L-bracket with 6-32 flat head bolts and lock nuts to hold it on. And you may have done this, but you'll want to prime any bare metal before spraying your top coat. Otherwise, the paint will usually peel off in a few months. You may have done it and just skipped it in the write up, but in case you didn't, just something to consider for next time. You did a great job, I dig it and thanks for sharing it with the rest of us!


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Jez.....No on the integrated so far but I am thinking about it.

Dodge....I did give a little thought to this not holding and actually have four zip ties in place in case it does come loose. That way the tag would still be there.

CantGetCaught.....I did prime the metal before hand. I should have mentioned that part.

Thanks for the feed back. I will look into the small hinges and see what I can find.


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Was using this. $20. Worked okay. Just cheap material. Had it break from normal riding. Supported it with some generic brackets while I work on this project. Have a buddy who can weld, so he's gonna legit weld for me vs JB weld(used to fix my cheap bracket, broke barely playing with it, no way it would have withstood the vibrations from daily riding)

What'd you end up doing for turn signals? Or did you not?
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