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post #1 of 9 Old 01-01-2014, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Tail Tidy - FO FREE

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...

Criteria..
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 parts 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.


TIDY TIME!

All tools are common or cheap as hell at harbor freight.
Tools:
-Harbor Freight Angle grinder
-Harbor Freight Drill
-Basic sockets (8mm 10mm)
-Allen wrench set
-Standard sized Phillips screw driver
-regular hammer
-Silver Sharpie for marking my cutting lines. (I cheated. had to steal this tool from my girlfriend)

1st:
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.

2nd:
Now that you have your prize, remove literally everything from the rear fender plastic.
We will focus majorly on these components pictured below


3rd:
Use the license plate bracket to measure where to drill your new holes. you'll be raising the license plate up a few inches.

4th:
Drill your holes and test fit your license plate.

you should have something that looks like this:

good? good!

5th:
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!

6th:
le cutting...

7th:

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.

8th:
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:


9th:
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.

10th:
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.
100% free
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

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-01-2014, 02:04 PM
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looks very similar to the one i did back in the day. Nice stock looking clean job.

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looks very similar to the one i did back in the day. Nice stock looking clean job.
Yours was one of the threads I found when I did a tail tidy search.
bending in the license plate tabs is trick as hell! love it!

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^Glad i could provide some inspiration!!


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I did it similar but instead of mounting it to the back for everyone to see planely I went under the tail at an angle and just cut and used a piece of aluminum channel and used the 2 bolts that hold the plastic tray to the frame... I put some of those DEI light bolts to keep the cops off my ass for lighting and normal riding, but the main reason I put it down there is so that when I go through toll stops they can not see the numbers on my license plate. I have not had any trouble from LEO's because it is plainly visible from the sides and from the ground so it does not appear to be obstructed to them.

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I did it similar but instead of mounting it to the back for everyone to see planely I went under the tail at an angle and just cut and used a piece of aluminum channel and used the 2 bolts that hold the plastic tray to the frame... I put some of those DEI light bolts to keep the cops off my ass for lighting and normal riding, but the main reason I put it down there is so that when I go through toll stops they can not see the numbers on my license plate. I have not had any trouble from LEO's because it is plainly visible from the sides and from the ground so it does not appear to be obstructed to them.

Someone on youtube did a video write up on something similar to this and I really thought hard on doing it...only decided to go with my way because of my silly grassroots motorsports criteria of needing to be a completely stock mod + totally free.

For some reason I get a lot of satisfaction from re-tooling stock parts..?
The exception is when I put renthal ultra-lows on the 9er - NEVER LOOKING BACK. HOLY SHIT.

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Someone on youtube did a video write up on something similar to this and I really thought hard on doing it...only decided to go with my way because of my silly grassroots motorsports criteria of needing to be a completely stock mod + totally free.

For some reason I get a lot of satisfaction from re-tooling stock parts..?
The exception is when I put renthal ultra-lows on the 9er - NEVER LOOKING BACK. HOLY SHIT.
Might have been my video - I started with the tail tidy mod first, but I eventually went to a 900rr setup and it looked better with no tail at all, so I moved it under the tray.

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Now you just need to ditch those giant turn signals.
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