I was looking at the "tail tidy for $5.00" method of cleaning up the (what my friend dubbed) Christmas Tree posing as a rear fender. I liked the simplicity of it, but I wasn't thrilled about having to use integrated brake/turn lights.
So, I started looking at modifying it to include a mounting point for some lower profile turn signals.
Once I had the rear fender off I decided to try something a little different and I liked the way it turned out. Looking at the fender, I thought I could use the "tower" that the plate light is mounted on as a mount point for my turn signals.
I used a dremel with a cutting disc to trim down the fender so that it as the corners come around to the front it cuts straight across, then redrilled new mounting holes for the license plate bracket (measure 6 times etc, etc).
Then drilled holes in the center mass of each side of the trapezoid shape that is the side of the "tower" and mounted a couple of turn lights with a small horizontal profile, but decent height so they are nice and visible.
Here are a couple of bad photos (was raining and used my cell phone for a camera).
Is it just me, or do those turn signals look a little uneven in that first photo? They do NOT look that way on the bike! Believe me I have checked those suckers with a good level and by eye several times and everything looks all lined up and square.
Total cost $15.99 for the new turn lights (well, I didn't have a cutting disc for my dremel so I bought an ez-snap adapter and 5 discs for like $9.99)