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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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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.thumb up
 

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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.



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.thumb up
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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Plastic or metal

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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Hi guys,
i have a question about cutting the rear fender off.

How the hell did u close the light after cutting through it ?

trying to get that cool look with mine.

Thanks
Dare man, just a small piece of very light alum. epoxied to the bottom of the light, trimed up and painted flat black.cheersthumb up
 

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well i side mounted my plate. I can deal with the gap for now I guess. I may be in the market for a jackpot though. It doesn't look too bad when I'm sitting on the bike.

I'm currently working on a little something for the rear end. I'm making a "mud flap" turn signal assembly, very promising. I'll post pics when everything is done.
 

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I know what you are talking about on the Vegas. I went to a kingpin rear fender and I love it.
 

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Let me see if I have a pic hosted that I can post for ya!
 

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License Plate Holder


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.thumb up
I also like your license plate holder. Love to find something quality to replace the stock plastic one on my 08 Vegas Premium. Do you have any info on where you got yours?
 
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