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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-06-2012, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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Relocating rear turn signals + kawa supports

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I picked up the 900 seat and back rest a while ago but I didn't realize I needed to relocate the turn signals until I started doing the work.

Unfortunately the seat mod didn't come with the little extension bar that I see people using on the other seat mods and I'm trying to figure the best way to do this.

I don't have access to a machine shop or anything so "DIY" options are pretty limited for me.

I checked with the local shop and it turns out the extension bar comes with the kawa saddle bag supports (at $160) and since I was planning to add saddle bags would this be the best route to go or can someone recommend an easy relocation fix? I've been eager to get the seat on but keep getting stopped by one thing or another.. still very new to moding the bike..

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2004 VN750 bought 05/24/12

Replaced battery with MF
Replaced plugs with Iridium
Floorboards and highway mounts from Chad
Added 900 Seat with rest
Relocated rear turn signals to break light

Plans:
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Saddle bags
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There are several options to relocate the turn signals. You don't have to just move them back like the brackets would do. You could move them down to the license plate mount or mount them to the tail light assembly or directly to the rear fender or....well you get the idea. Basically moving them somewhere else without the brackets would just involve drilling a hole (or using an angle bracket for the license plate mount) and extending the wires.

Do a search for turn signal relocation and you will find some of the ways other guys have done it.
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I did a search and most of what I was finding was either involving the bracket or mentioned drilling into the tail light housing but I couldn't find any pictures to understand what that involved.

I'll see if I can improve my search skills.

2004 VN750 bought 05/24/12

Replaced battery with MF
Replaced plugs with Iridium
Floorboards and highway mounts from Chad
Added 900 Seat with rest
Relocated rear turn signals to break light

Plans:
Luggage rack
Saddle bags
Lube Splines
Ear Shave
Degoat
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Yeah, I'm not sure if I have ever seen a very detailed write up of what it looks like to drill into the tail light assembly. The best I have found there is folks saying that you need to reinforce it on the inside to avoid cracking the plastic. Some have suggested using a large washer or making a brace from some scrap piece of metal.

I don't remember who did it, but someone had taken the little angle brackets similar to these and attached them to the license plate mount. That way you don't have to drill anything at all. But it might not look as "finished" if you know what I mean.
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I did a search and most of what I was finding was either involving the bracket or mentioned drilling into the tail light housing but I couldn't find any pictures to understand what that involved.

I'll see if I can improve my search skills.
trace out the rubber stalks onto the tail light housing with the lights facing skyward. then cut out the outlines. put turn signal stock into hole and twist so that the signals face to the rear, drill a hole for the bolt. use a star washer on the back side of bolt to hold fast to the housing.







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Excellent! Thanks!

I was just about to ask if people just used the bolt or tried to get both bolt and rubber stalks.

That explains it.

2004 VN750 bought 05/24/12

Replaced battery with MF
Replaced plugs with Iridium
Floorboards and highway mounts from Chad
Added 900 Seat with rest
Relocated rear turn signals to break light

Plans:
Luggage rack
Saddle bags
Lube Splines
Ear Shave
Degoat
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-10-2012, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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Alright! I got the turn signals moved to the tail light. I need to re-enforce/fill in the around the rubber mount but it's wired up and working.

Now to get around to getting the seat on.. got rained out last night so didn't finish it.

2004 VN750 bought 05/24/12

Replaced battery with MF
Replaced plugs with Iridium
Floorboards and highway mounts from Chad
Added 900 Seat with rest
Relocated rear turn signals to break light

Plans:
Luggage rack
Saddle bags
Lube Splines
Ear Shave
Degoat
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Good deal man. I wish I could find a seat and the time to do it too. *sigh*
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