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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 14 Jan 2019 20:20 #796787

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rstnick wrote: Previous mock up:

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Super helpful and amazing. Thanks. TELL me you still have that cardboard mock up for the light?

What made you forgo the brackets the second time around? not sturdy enough?
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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 15 Jan 2019 15:59 #796845

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No longer have the cardboard, sorry.
The earlier mount was made of thin aluminum, and did not last.
The cable tie and extra support were temporary fixes.

The parking sign metal worked better.
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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 19 Jan 2019 11:09 #797086

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rstnick wrote: No longer have the cardboard, sorry.
The earlier mount was made of thin aluminum, and did not last.
The cable tie and extra support were temporary fixes.

The parking sign metal worked better.


Started mine. Super easy thus far.

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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 19 Jan 2019 11:36 #797087

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So far so good. Waiting for the (your) metal work.

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Scirocco wrote: So far so good. Waiting for the (your) metal work.


yep thats next
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Do you use aluminum or steel for your rear end?
I made my licence plate holder out of an 2,00 mm thick aluminum plate

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Scirocco wrote: Do you use aluminum or steel for your rear end?
I made my licence plate holder out of an 2,00 mm thick aluminum plate


I think Im going to use what you used. Is that thickness somewhat bendable by hand? Can you post a pic of yours again?
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Aluminum is bentable very easily by hand with the right low budged tools.
The only pic i can offer is this, (lisence plate holder).
but give some time to take some more pics tomorrow , 21:30 her in Germany and it is fu*king cold outside, minus 5 degree Celsius.

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Scirocco wrote: Aluminum is bentable very easily by hand with the right low budged tools.
The only pic i can offer is this, (lisence plate holder).
but give some time to take some more pics tomorrow , 21:30 her in Germany and it is fu*king cold outside, minus 5 degree Celsius.


Thanks! Sounds good. In NYC tomorrow night it will be -12C! Its -1 now.
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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 19 Jan 2019 13:15 #797098

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Stick the metal into a vise to hold while bending . I put wood into the vise jaws if the jaws are not as wide as the metal you want to secure
Once you get started you should pickup the knack .
Sometime a hammer is the answer
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Street Fighter LTD wrote: Stick the metal into a vise to hold while bending . I put wood into the vise jaws if the jaws are not as wide as the metal you want to secure
Once you get started you should pickup the knack .
Sometime a hammer is the answer
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If unaware of proper tool look up a metal brake and just try and imitate it on a crude scale.
Once done with metal work sand and scotch brite metal for final finish and to hide your metal working marks
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Street Fighter LTD wrote: If unaware of proper tool look up a metal brake and just try and imitate it on a crude scale.
Once done with metal work sand and scotch brite metal for final finish and to hide your metal working marks


This part, no one will be able to see, so thankfully I dont have to worry about cleaning it up. See below:

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Street Fighter LTD wrote: If unaware of proper tool look up a metal brake and just try and imitate it on a crude scale.
Once done with metal work sand and scotch brite metal for final finish and to hide your metal working marks


As crazy as this may sound, I may actually use a miniature hinge for the part circled in red. Then I wont have to bend anything.
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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 19 Jan 2019 15:02 #797108

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Rattle , Rattle, Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, Rattle , Rattle , Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Metal is not that hard to bend . Experiment on a extra piece
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Street Fighter LTD wrote: Rattle , Rattle, Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, Rattle , Rattle , Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Voice of experience. But , Your Bike

Metal is not that hard to bend . Experiment on a extra piece


i'll take your advice. dont want rattle and buzz lol
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Trust the expirience metal worker, no hinge or something other stupid things.
Sometimes you have to go or do the difficult way of fabrication for the best result.
I learnd it the same way 40 years ago and it improfed my metal working skills, trust me.
Learning by doing and grow up with every failure, it´s my statemant, i am an autodidact.
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Its always a good idea to rubber mount pieces like this . Your whole bike is done in this fashion

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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 20 Jan 2019 23:52 #797176

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My bending jig. easy to build, no special tools needed. Works well. Tail light mount build is towards the bottom of this page somewhere ;
www.kzrider.com/forum/11-projects/594313...ject-build?start=100
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Can anyone recommend an AFTERMARKET tail light? *PICS* 21 Jan 2019 06:09 #797180

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Street Fighter LTD wrote: Its always a good idea to rubber mount pieces like this . Your whole bike is done in this fashion

Dave


Yep I already thought of that and have rubber bushings etc.

I now have to deal with a wiring issue.

The OEM rear plug for the lights is a 6 pin. The new light has 6 wires since it has two bulbs, 3 and 3 for each bulb. The connector on the new light was made into a 3 pin wire - they put two wires into each pin. Need to figure out how to mate this connector with the OEM.
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