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post #1 of 22 Old 10-07-2011, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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How-To: Graves Fender Eliminator

Do NOT think that you will go out and slap on a fender eliminator quickly on this bike. The install of the Graves FE took me all of 2 hours to complete. Mind you, I didn't know what I had to remove to get everything off, but still. It will take you at least 45 minutes to do this using my how-to.

Even though the install was a pain, I must say that the product is very high quality and it looks amazing!

That ugly thing hanging off the back needs to go...




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First thing you need to do is remove the passenger seat.


Remove the plate bolts and the frame and plate drops off.



Remove the 4 silver bolts you see here with a 4mm allen key and slide off the tail section. The rear section comes up and the front slides back out from under the front seat.



Remove these 2 bolts for the seat:



To remove the small, painted pieces from the tail, first pop in these push-clips:


Then loosen these bolts and remove:


The undertail needs to be loosened as well. It will not come out yet. Push-clips are underneath



Now for the fun stuff... Think small thoughts here to make your hands smaller. These are the bolts that hold the 2 outer "bars" of the stock fender on. They are under the tool kit and wiring harness. I unplugged the tail light to get more access.



These are the things that hold the "bars" in.


Start working on the outer part of the stock fender eliminator by removing these bolts:


By undoing those 2 bolts above, the fender kind of folds down and you can start to see how the wiring is ran.


The center "bar" of the fender eliminator is held on by a bolt directly behind the tail light. This "bar" also houses the wires for the stock fender.


You can now slide down the undertail for more room to pull the wires through from the trunk.


Unplug your signals and tag light to start pulling them through the stock fender:


Remove the stock fender, leaving the "bars" up there for now.


Now pull the stock bars out of there.


All empty:


To remove the stock turn signals from the stock fender, there is a small bolt on the inside and then a metal backing plate can be pulled out. This plate acts like a lock for the signal.Turn signal half way out:


Now you can start assembling the Graves unit. First install the signals in their holes:


The new "bars" are much shorter and black too!


All assembled and ready to be installed:


The "bars" should now slide up into their factory holes in the undertail pretty snug and just kind of hang out there while you push the signal wires back up through the factory hole:


Tighten everything up and admire your work! Make sure you note that the undertail has a big lip on it that slides into the tail light. If you forget to line this up, like I did, you will have to pull it all back apart again to get it into the lip...

All done!



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Nice....would you like me to Copy this to the "How To" section?....no replies allowed in that section but will be linked back to this thread.

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Nice write up, but you made more work for yourself than you had to. I just installed the Yoshimura kit and install was similar, except it has a plate light that has to be wired. You don't need to pull the rider's seat or the lower half of the tail. Pull the top part of the tail off, disconnect the signal and plate lights and it is possible to pull each wire out through that hole individually. I think my Yoshi install took all of about 45 minutes and that included soldering the plate light wires instead of using the crimp connections they provide.
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Wow that looked like the painful way
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Question Licence Plate light

Do you not need a LED Plate light??? I live in VA and I believe the law dictates that you need one, does the tail light provide enough light to not get me pulled over by some d-bag with a jelly donut?

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Do you not need a LED Plate light??? I live in VA and I believe the law dictates that you need one, does the tail light provide enough light to not get me pulled over by some d-bag with a jelly donut?

Florida is pretty lenient. I'm supposed to have a light, but i'm not going to get pulled over just for that. Plus if I get pulled over for speeding or doing something stupid (once in a blue moon), it gives them something to ticket me for without giving me a huge ticket.
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Very detailed write up man.

But it can be done a lot simpler.

I just remove the passenger seat, and the faring piece around it. With a ball point hex you can remove the fender and thats all.

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Very detailed write up man.

But it can be done a lot simpler.

I just remove the passenger seat, and the faring piece around it. With a ball point hex you can remove the fender and thats all.
This was a long time ago, but I ended up putting this on twice. Once to figure out how and once with pictures. For the life of me, I couldn't get to the wiring harness without taking the entire cowling apart.

Mind you, this was a long time ago and I don't remember why I couldn't get to the harness, but I know I couldn't. Could just be me not pulling hard enough haha.
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