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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 09-05-2011, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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Ok guys.... I love my bike, but i really want to side mount the license plate, but can't stand the huge gaps on the rear end when you take the factory license plate bracket off.

I want to see pics of how you either put the fender closer to the tire or make that huge gap look better. I need ideas and options.
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Derek, I've always thought the huge gap is ugly, so I've left the original license plate holder on all my Victories. The huge gap is there for a reason ... because the rear suspension design is a soft tail, you need that gap for the wheel to move in while compressing the shock when going over bumps. I love the look of hard tail bikes that have the rear fender an inch from the tire, but I also love the comfort of a soft tail. Cost/Benefits I guess.

Many people have lowered the rear with the available lowering links, but be careful and note all the available information on this forum. It seems that you can bottom out easily and have the tire scrape the inside of the fender. And on the Jackpots, the rear wiring harness is wired right in the middle of the fender. That would be the first to go.

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^^i think he is more referring to the gap from the back of the tire to the back of the fender. I don't see that being affected by suspension travel. The fender should have followed the shape of the fender more.
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I just kept the stock plate mount.
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Lowered with 2-1/2 inches cut off fender.
Lowering depends a lot on your weight. If the links don't put it where you want it you still have the fine tune adjustment on the mono shock.

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^^i think he is more referring to the gap from the back of the tire to the back of the fender. I don't see that being affected by suspension travel. The fender should have followed the shape of the fender more.
I see what you mean, Trashman. Good point ... I agree with you.


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Lowered with 2-1/2 inches cut off fender.
Lowering depends a lot on your weight. If the links don't put it where you want it you still have the fine tune adjustment on the mono shock.
Now that 2.5" rear fender crop looks awesome. I see you brought it right up to the light. I also like how that plate holder seems to continue the "nice" line Trashman is talking about. Can you forward any info on that holder? I have the same Tribal graphics on my Jackpot, so I may copy your idea!

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I noticed in your eairlier post when you modified your fender it appeared to be fiberglass. Is it just the picture? I noticed my 2010 jackpot has metal fenders. I didn't now if this was always the case or not.
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That's why I changed the fender on my last bike, to follow the rear wheel.
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I have a vegas... non-jackpot. I am referring to the gap from the tip of the fender to the tire which i assume was to make room for the license plate/ turn signal bracket. i like the fender to that point, once the bracket if off there is a huge gap.

the jackpot fender looks a lot better and that i wouldn't mind. i'm gonna side mount the license plate, but i wanted to see if anyone had creative ways of hiding the gap.

I may see if i can make a "mud flap" of sorts and french LED rear turn signals into that and maybe make some neat design that lights up with the brakes or something this winter.

i'm a big guy and I know when i sit down it compresses the shock and lowers the fender on the tire, maybe it doesn't look as bad then. i'm not sure i want to lower the rear suspension, i do not ride double very often but i don't want to have worry about the belt rubbing and all that crap when i do. maybe it's just time to suck it up and get a jackpot.....

again i was just looking for inspiration or ideas.
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I see what you mean, Trashman. Good point ... I agree with you.




Now that 2.5" rear fender crop looks awesome. I see you brought it right up to the light. I also like how that plate holder seems to continue the "nice" line Trashman is talking about. Can you forward any info on that holder? I have the same Tribal graphics on my Jackpot, so I may copy your idea!
Kezzz, I just moved the plate holder up and made the side triangle pieces to help hide the gap.

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