Based on some of the different stock-tail tidy mods documented by some of the awesome community members here at wrist twisters, I decided to get mine taken care of today.
Buying a tail tidy kit wouldn't break the bank, but I love grassroots, budget-type mods. so...
1) I wanted to tail tidy my bike for 100% FREE
2) I also wanted great results I could be proud of.
3) I wanted to accomplish this task with zero aftermarket part
s so that absolutely anyone with a stock 919 tail could get the same results.
Here's my attempt - I'll let you all be the judge to see if I checked all three boxes of my criteria.
All tools are common or cheap as hell at harbor freight.
-Harbor Freight Angle grinder
-Harbor Freight Drill
-Basic sockets (8mm 10mm)
-Allen wrench set
-Standard sized Phillips screw driver
-Silver Sharpie for marking my cutting lines. (I cheated. had to steal this tool from my girlfriend)
Remove rear cowl and rear "fender"
this part is very easy and self-explanatory. see bolts? take em out. Parts come off. unplug stuff. let's not get too wordy.
Now that you have your prize, remove literally everything from the rear fender plastic.
We will focus majorly on these components pictured below
Use the license plate bracket to measure where to drill your new holes. you'll be raising the license plate up a few inches.
Drill your holes and test fit your license plate.
you should have something that looks like this:
Using your sharpie with the plate mounted. Draw your cutting lines now.
You can see the lines I drew in my previous picture...it turned out perfectly if I do say so myself!
major cutting done, see those vertical plastic runners holding it together still? I'm pointing at them, look.
those have to be ground flush with the plastic for future bracket fitting.
Using the flat side of your grinding disk, carefully clean up the rough edges of your 1st cut. Sand paper is optional and will add an extra degree of smoothness.
You should be left with something like this:
Take the pile of goodies you removed earlier (posting previous picture for reference)
here's where the hammer comes in.
tap the brackets lightly until the two mounting points are at 90 degrees. they're a little wider than that stock.
And now fasten them together like so:
-using the stock license plate mounting holes, take the reflector brackets and mount them using the allen bolt provided. re-use the blinker washer underneath the bracket for extra grip so your blinkers stay put.
-attach the blinkers to the bracket now with one of the spare 10mm nuts laying about from your disassembly.
-stock wiring locations are intact.
Put everything back together. your blinkers should clear the stock cans by about 1/2" to 1". it's adjustable, so go nuts!
100% stock parts - not one single extra nut, washer, or bolt was used.
Looks the part! Hopefully I can get some better pics. I haven't pulled the 9er out of the garage today.
Happy New Year - hope this helps someone