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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-09-2011, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I finally got tired of the stock plate bracket

Well, finally got tired of the abortion that was the license plate bracket. The rest of the Bird looks so nice that I just couldn't take it any more. It isn't a T-Bird specific feeling; it just seems that license plate brackets on most stock bikes look like more of an after thought than something that is part of the design and leave a lot to be desired. So I got out the tools last night and here is what I have now. I cut off the stock bracket just below the reflector, removed the standard plate light and mounted a backing plate to the flat spot. Wired it up and done. I used a Custom Dynamics low profile LED frame (it has a lifetime warranty) and I have to say, I like the way it came out.

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-11-2011, 09:29 AM
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I have the same issue. I was writing in the thread, "I hate plastic." a need for someone to come up with a fender eliminator. What did you do about the plate light. I would really like to find a kit that gets rid of the plastic all together. Your mod still looks better than stock.
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...What did you do about the plate light...
The frame I used has integrated LED's. The stock light comes off with one nut and then you clip the wires (I left enough wire on the stock bulb socket that I could reuse it if ever needed). I drilled a 1/2" hole in the backing plate I used for the new frame to run the wires through and connected to the old wires under the fender. The frame I got was from Custom Dynamics, but Radiantz also makes one. I used the Radiantz on a previous bike where I did something similar and I think the Radiantz actually lights the plate a little better. I like them both, but if I were starting from scratch again, I'd probably use the Radiantz just to keep from giving some LEO that's having a bad night a reason to hassle me. You could probably instead use a standard frame with some of those lights that mount through the screw holes for the plate instead of having integrated lights in the frame.

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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-12-2011, 12:44 AM
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Simon, the license plate bracket on the Thunderbird keeps me awake at night. I just bought the license plate frame and im going to try what you did, yours looks awesome. Would you mind taking a pic with the license plate off? I would like to see where you cut, drilled and your back plate. Thanks a TON in advance
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Simon, the license plate bracket on the Thunderbird keeps me awake at night. I just bought the license plate frame and im going to try what you did, yours looks awesome. Would you mind taking a pic with the license plate off? I would like to see where you cut, drilled and your back plate. Thanks a TON in advance
Yeah, I can get some pics. It might be a day or two before I can get to it, but I will. It's not too hard with a couple of general tools and a little patience.

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Here are the pics you asked for.

Here is what I cut off. I cut the stock bracket off right where it starts to angle out just below the reflector.
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This is the backing plate in place. You can see the weatherproof spade connectors I used for the connections to the lighted frame sticking out of the hole. I drilled a 1/2" hole in the plate for the wires to come through and mounted it with 3 bolts. I didn't drill the 3 bolt holes on the bike. One hole is there from the bolt that held the stock light and the other 2 are the holes from where the reflector was mounted. They just happened to line up good for this application.
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This shows the wires under the fender. The old wires are just long enough to reach the stock light, so after cutting the light off, I soldered a couple of inches of wire back on to stick through the hole.
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You will also need to put a small notch in your license plate in the upper right corner for the wires on the lighted frame to go through. It's covered when the frame is in place.
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You can run the wires however you wish, but I placed four 1/4" spacers (one on each license plate bolt) between the lighted frame and backing plate so the wires could sit in between the license plate and the backing plate. You don't notice it when it's assembled.

Good luck with your mod, I think you'll be happier with the looks.

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Very nice job looks god!

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Thanks Simon!! License plate frame should be here soon. If i dont jack it up ill post pics of my Storm when its done. Thanks again
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Where did you put your inspection sticker?
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