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Old 10-12-2012, 04:35 AM   #81 (permalink)
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Anyone ever purchased or seen those bolts for the license plate that are actually LED lights? Online on the picture it looks cool, but is it actually practical in use...


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Old 10-30-2012, 03:31 PM   #82 (permalink)
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I got lazy and went with a R&G racing fender eliminator
does the R&G require no modification, including the license plate light? im unfamiliar with the bike right now, so im curious.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:44 PM   #83 (permalink)
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did a DIY tail tidy this weekend with some L brackets and screws from home depot, took more time and money than originally thought. as things arose, i realized i didnt have a certain size piece or tool - also did a ninja 300 and the wiring on that was different. btw, this is all without cutting or splicing, which was a bit of a bitch. that and the fact that i didnt follow any instructions, but rather just got to taking screws out and figuring things out as we went.

turned out nicely, but i dont know that the screws would hold up over time - even with lock washers im not sure how the rattling will affect the screws or hardware. also, the turn stock turn signals are pretty heavy and bounce quite a bit. this will do for now, but i think sometimes its worthwhile to just order a pre-machined part. that is, unless youre willing to truly modify your tail by changing turn signals, splicing wires and using resistors, drilling into the underside plastic, etc.

overall, it was a pretty easy job - i was just a little unprepared. if you are looking for something that will use ALL the stock lights and will be a more permanent solution, i would recommend just getting a tail tidy. sure they're more expensive, but most of them are machined perfectly to include all the stock lights.

anyway, here are some pictures of the DIY. i have an R&G on its way.



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Old 11-28-2012, 03:51 AM   #84 (permalink)
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these tidy tails look great on a 650 for sure...
but can you guys let me know how they behave on rainy days and muddy roads?

my previous bike was a Ninja 250, with a Yamaha M1 tidy tail modif kit
looked super, but got water, sand and mud sprayed all the way up to my jacket's neck collar

until now kept my Ninja 650 still in its original version
and i must say that wet and dirty roads are not a worry anymore...

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these tidy tails look great on a 650 for sure...
but can you guys let me know how they behave on rainy days and muddy roads?

my previous bike was a Ninja 250, with a Yamaha M1 tidy tail modif kit
looked super, but got water, sand and mud sprayed all the way up to my jacket's neck collar

until now kept my Ninja 650 still in its original version
and i must say that wet and dirty roads are not a worry anymore...

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I experienced those mud & rain conditions recently with the tail tidy and had little to no issue with it. The bulk of the spray was contained under the rear seat. My shirt was spotless actually but if any grime was thrown on it it may have been washed by the rain.
I do not regret my tail tidy at all ...and it looks way better.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:39 AM   #86 (permalink)
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he he he... this sounds good!
maybe i should give it a try again...

which tail-tidy kit would you recommend?

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I got the Yoshi and love it




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lagged on these pictures..





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Looks good aesthetic. Here's a pic of mine after going awhile with no wash. I have ridden in the rain and the splash on my back/helmet from the tires is minimal.

EDIT: This is my DIY fender eliminator that I posted a "How-To" guide several pages back in this thread. The plate does start to bend inwards a little bit as you can see. I think there's a low pressure zone right in that area when riding at high speeds, so the plate get sucked inwards.
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Update on my tail tidy.

I've had no problems whatsoever! And I just noticed that integrated tail lights just hit the market last week for 12'-13' Ninja 650s. I just installed mine today and now my tail is cleaner than ever (except for the plate!)

For those just coming to this thread, my tail tidy was done for just a few dollars spent on some generic Home Depot hardware.


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It is pre-programmed to flash 3 times when the brakes are applied. The turn signals are pre-programmed to blink sequentially, meaning individual columns light up sequentially when turn signals turn on. Both of these options can be turned off so it is more like the stock setup.

Today I ordered some license plate light bolts because I just got a fix it ticket for not having a license plate light. Pictures to come when they arrive.





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