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Why remove the factory license plate holder? Well, unlike the rest of the bike, it looks tacky. It also makes the 250 look like a mo-ped. I know the engine is small, but this is still a sportsbike; it might as well look like one.

What you will need.
  • The tool kit that comes with the bike
  • A large phillips screwdriver
  • A power drill
  • 10mm socket w/ rachet
  • 2 long self-tapping screws
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Step 1
Remove the rear seat using your key.

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Step 2
Unhook the brake and license plate light wiring.

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Step 3
Remove the 4 bolts holding on the license plate bracket.

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Step 4
Also remove the 2 brake light bolts with a 10mm socket if you have one. The tool kit does have a 10mm wrench, but it's a pain to use.

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Step 5
Now we need to unhook the wiring for the turn signals. For this we need to remove the lower seat. Start by removing the plastic underneath the seat on both sides. Remove the phillips head screw (pointed to in red) with a large screwdriver (the one that comes in the tool kit sucks, using it strips the head of the screw) and then carefully remove the plastic from the rubber gromets (circled in blue).

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Step 6
With the plastic removed, you can now see a bolt on each side of the seat holding it on. Remove the bolts and slide the seat off.

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Step 7
Underneath the seat you will see a fuse box. Press the plastic tab on the side of the fuse box and pull it out of the way.

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Step 8
Now you will see the 2 connectors for the turn signals. Disconnect them.

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Step 9
Feed the wires for the turn signals out of the body.

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Step 10
Now feed all off the wires out of the bike and remove the license plate bracket

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Step 11
Remove the turn signals, license plate, and lp light.

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Step 12
Now you have to make a decision. You can keep your turn signals or completely remove them. If you want to keep them trim the plastic lp bracket leaving the plastic around where the turn signals mount. I used a new, sharp razor blade to trim the plastic. I cut the plastic strait across with a band saw first, making it easier to work with. If you have a rotary cutting tool like a dremel, you can try that, but the razorblade was fine for me. Just be patient and take your time.


Here is what the bracket looks like if you keep the turn signals. It may be illegal to remove them in some states, so check your laws before removing them. It is not illegal here as long as you use hand signals.

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Step 13
I decided to remove the turn signals. Sorry, I don't have pictures of the process. I removed the turn signals metal brackets by drilling out the rivets holding them on, then trimmed off the plastic around where they where, leaving only the plastic covering the bottom of the brake light.

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Step 14
I mounted the license plate using the stock bracket bolted throught the plastic. I mounted it up near the brake light so the police dont mess with me for not seeing it, and so it wont rub the tire when the suspension compresses. I mounted the lp light by drilling a large hole for the wiring to come through and 2 smaller holes lined up with the screw holes on the light. I then used 2 long, self tapping screws to hold the light.


How it is mounted.

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Step 15
Now, put everything back together. If you kept the turn signals, don't forget to hook up the wiring before you put the seat back on. Check that all of the lights are working and you're good to go!

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This mod. makes the bike look MUCH better! Safety is always a huge issue on any motorcycle, so if you removed your turn signals make sure to use hand signals. I've actually found that other drivers pay more attention to my hand signals than they did my lights, and I don't have to worry about accidentaly leaving them on. I have heard that in some states the plate MUST be behind the rear wheel, so this mod would make your bike illegal. However, if the plate is easily seen and well lit you shouldn't have any issues with the police, but its up to you to take the risk. Let me know if any part of this writeup needs more detail.

Be safe, wear a helmet!
-RedRider
 

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Awesome! I just got my bike, and I'm going to do this first. I think I have to keep my turn signals though. Does anyone know the laws about that in Cali?
 

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Thats a really nice link garyb! That gives you pretty much any law info you need for your state. I wonder if it's kept up to date. I have a contact at the AMA, maybe I'll ask him.
 

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GREAT write up! Looks like I need to do this to mine. All I did so far was cut the extra 7 or so inches off the bottom part of the fender.
 

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Looks pretty good, But would be illegal here.

I'd kill for a kit that doesn't require any chopping and still incorporates the blinkers and all that :(

Until then, I'm stuck with the stock mount.

I'd like to change the exhaust however.. But i can't decide between a yoshi or a two brothers slip on, And both are freakin expensive anyway. :p
 

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I picked one up on ebay for pretty cheap. It uses the stock blinkers. As for exhaust i think the yoshi sounds nicer. =)
 

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Lok said:
I picked one up on ebay for pretty cheap. It uses the stock blinkers. As for exhaust i think the yoshi sounds nicer. =)
I'm going to have to look over ebay some once i have some spare change again.
 

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i have completed this on ours, very simple. Used a Dremel Tool. i left the blinkers on and have pics of how i done it.LMK if anyone is interested. I have also read on another board that even with a kit such as the Competition Werks one you still have to cut the rear fender.
 

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I just dont like the idea of cutting up my bike to get rid of the fender. I like the bolt on one by targa. Just my 2 cents.
 

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The proble is, is how the fender is made around the tail light. most aftermarket manufacturers ar not going to take the time to make a mold of the plastic to go along with their eliminator.

Do you have a link to where you found it? I just checked out their site and only pulled up universal kits for the 08 250s.
 

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When you attach the werkes fender eliminator you have to drill two holes that is it. It's really not a big deal.
 

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I'd like to get rid of the whole fender and move the license plate up under the rear section to give it that smooth look like the bigger bikes. I thought about moving the plate under and relocating the original light to shine "forward" but then I'll just want to change it to a LED later so why cut and drill.
This is what I have so far... cut down fender, Two Bros Exhst and rear seat cowl.
I want to paint the black side plastic to match the rest of the blue also.
 

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Wow, that colormatch looks great! Darkhorse did that on his black bike and it looks much better than stock, but it doesnt stand out as much as the blue!
 

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tom_di said:
I'd like to get rid of the whole fender and move the license plate up under the rear section to give it that smooth look like the bigger bikes. I thought about moving the plate under and relocating the original light to shine "forward" but then I'll just want to change it to a LED later so why cut and drill.
This is what I have so far... cut down fender, Two Bros Exhst and rear seat cowl.
I want to paint the black side plastic to match the rest of the blue also.
Do you mean like this?......
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr0_DEd6HhI
 
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