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I have been running the Yoshimura fender eliminator since about 1k miles on my bike (I'm around 12.5k). I just swapped it out for this one:
 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/271943925631
 
It was a little intimidating at first because I didn't know how I was going to mount turn signals. I spent good money on my rears and didn't want to scrap them for hard-to-see LEDs on the tail. In the end, I found a solution.
 
BEFORE:
 
http://i.imgur.com/Carc1O8.jpg

AFTER:
http://i.imgur.com/5mvEPn5.jpg
 
From close up, it may looks pretty angled, but as you move back and downards, it is still "readable enough" (I hope anyway):
 
http://i.imgur.com/gY4XGB6.jpg
 
http://i.imgur.com/NstynqH.jpg
 
The old yoshimura mount had places to mount the signals built in. This did not. I tried to use the old Yoshimura pieces but they did not even get close to fitting under there.
 
So I started at Home Depot in the "doors" section. I found a corner brace (for wood). This looked perfect. And it was in black - I was worried I was going to have to use brass or something galvanized.
 
http://i.imgur.com/zrtjq25.jpg
 
The brace came with holes, but I had to drill them out to make everything fit. I drilled one hole bigger for the license plate screws, and another whole even a bit bigger for the turn signal mounting bolts. I then cut off half of one of the sides which I wasn't using:
 
http://i.imgur.com/9Tq58C3.jpg
 
http://i.imgur.com/Zj5JPmA.jpg
 
This gave the perfect amount of clearance for the signal stalks & wiring. I was able to mount these homemade brackets behind the license plate + holder and slide my signals right into them. They don't stick out any farther than they did before and are at a good height. The angle is easy to adjust because I made the hole slightly larger than the signal bolt:
 
http://i.imgur.com/8dlRvD9.jpg
 
The only problem with this setup is that the aftermarket fender eliminator doesn't cover a section where the undertail plastic doesn't reach. I'll have to run a piece of scrap plastic or tape or something underneath to keep water from getting in there. You can see the crimp connections through it:
 
http://i.imgur.com/yPtigT9.jpg
 
 
It turned out much better than I was expecting and looks very clean (minus that hole)!
 
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huntb
Oh you should have waited! The seller and I have been testing a new design like this but with that section under the tail light built in. It really turned out well. I'll have to post some pics when I'm not at my work computer...

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AlbatrossCafe
Oh you should have waited! The seller and I have been testing a new design like this but with that section under the tail light built in. It really turned out well. I'll have to post some pics when I'm not at my work computer...
haha damn, oh well. It's not like it is a 3 hour fix. I think I can spin something up in 15 minutes. I am interested in what they came up with though 

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cybmx
I have the same fender eliminator and I just cut and reused the stock plastic piece to cover the hole.
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I have the same fender eliminator and I just cut and reused the stock plastic piece to cover the hole.
That was exactly my plan. Glad I didn't throw that thing away a year ago, it's been helpful multiple times since I took it off.. 

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I have been running the Yoshimura fender eliminator since about 1k miles on my bike (I'm around 12.5k). I just swapped it out for this one: 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/271943925631
 
It was a little intimidating at first because I didn't know how I was going to mount turn signals. I spent good money on my rears and didn't want to scrap them for hard-to-see LEDs on the tail. In the end, I found a solution.
 
BEFORE:
 
http://i.imgur.com/Carc1O8.jpg

AFTER:
http://i.imgur.com/5mvEPn5.jpg
 
From close up, it may looks pretty angled, but as you move back and downards, it is still "readable enough" (I hope anyway):
 
http://i.imgur.com/gY4XGB6.jpg
 
http://i.imgur.com/NstynqH.jpg
 
The old yoshimura mount had places to mount the signals built in. This did not. I tried to use the old Yoshimura pieces but they did not even get close to fitting under there.
 
So I started at Home Depot in the "doors" section. I found a corner brace (for wood). This looked perfect. And it was in black - I was worried I was going to have to use brass or something galvanized.
 
http://i.imgur.com/zrtjq25.jpg
 
The brace came with holes, but I had to drill them out to make everything fit. I drilled one hole bigger for the license plate screws, and another whole even a bit bigger for the turn signal mounting bolts. I then cut off half of one of the sides which I wasn't using:
 
http://i.imgur.com/9Tq58C3.jpg
 
http://i.imgur.com/Zj5JPmA.jpg
 
This gave the perfect amount of clearance for the signal stalks & wiring. I was able to mount these homemade brackets behind the license plate + holder and slide my signals right into them. They don't stick out any farther than they did before and are at a good height. The angle is easy to adjust because I made the hole slightly larger than the signal bolt:
 
http://i.imgur.com/8dlRvD9.jpg
 
The only problem with this setup is that the aftermarket fender eliminator doesn't cover a section where the undertail plastic doesn't reach. I'll have to run a piece of scrap plastic or tape or something underneath to keep water from getting in there. You can see the crimp connections through it:
 
http://i.imgur.com/yPtigT9.jpg
 
 
It turned out much better than I was expecting and looks very clean (minus that hole)!

 
You don't have to host pics on imgur anymore. Just click that button "add image to post" to upload directly.

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booboobusfz07
Ive got the same one. Been running it for like a month. Only advice make sure you've got a bright plate light. The one that came with my mount sucked so I got another that works awesome.
 
I'm not super worried about signals probably getting a tst integrated taillight soon.

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AlbatrossCafe
Ive got the same one. Been running it for like a month. Only advice make sure you've got a bright plate light. The one that came with my mount sucked so I got another that works awesome.  
I'm not super worried about signals probably getting a tst integrated taillight soon.
Haha it's funny, my plate light on my old Yoshi Eliminator broke after like 200 miles. I haven't been using it since and no one has given me any trouble after a year. This one I just didn't get a plate light for. I'd rather have signals than a plate light anyway. I'll probably fix it after it is too late (AKA after I get cited for it) 

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Ive got the same one. Been running it for like a month. Only advice make sure you've got a bright plate light. The one that came with my mount sucked so I got another that works awesome.  
I'm not super worried about signals probably getting a tst integrated taillight soon.
Haha it's funny, my plate light on my old Yoshi Eliminator broke after like 200 miles. I haven't been using it since and no one has given me any trouble after a year. This one I just didn't get a plate light for. I'd rather have signals than a plate light anyway. I'll probably fix it after it is too late (AKA after I get cited for it)
 
 
I'm running a tst stealth plate light now and it's fantastic.
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booboobusfz07
I dig the extension, tho I feel like with it mount as vertical as it is like that it would have clearance issues with the tire.

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avanti
I'd not like dealing with the gestapo who would question the placement the first time they pulled in behind me.

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mjh937
I'd not like dealing with the gestapo who would question the placement the first time they pulled in behind me.
I agree, the cops were I live are really anal about licence plates.  I got a ticket in my car for having an older plate on the front.  I went to court and they dropped the fine to $140.  I learned my lesson though. 

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AlbatrossCafe
I'd not like dealing with the gestapo who would question the placement the first time they pulled in behind me.
I agree, the cops were I live are really anal about licence plates.  I got a ticket in my car for having an older plate on the front.  I went to court and they dropped the fine to $140.  I learned my lesson though. 
What lesson? The lesson of "having a slightly older plate makes it slightly inconvenient to look at?" Paying $140 is some BS. Not like your older plate was hurting anyone. I can't believe that the fine was more beforehand... 
The Yoshi was fine and looked good, but I put this on because where I live these dumb cameras were put up on the highway (I-405) to extract tolls out of cars in the HOV lane. Motorcycles are still free but if you don't have their special electronic pass mounted on your bike you will get fined anyway. I did have the pass previously on my old bike and it didn't work 100% of the time, so I got tolled and had to waste tons of effort resolving the charges (like 30 minutes of sitting on hold for $0.75 of toll). Also, I don't like the idea of my bike being tracked and I don't like paying tolls for something that would otherwise be free to me. This swap was mainly so I could avoid this mess.
 
The plate is still fairly readable from where an average car might sit behind me, so I don't think I will get trouble for it unless I am already doing something wrong.
 

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@AlbatrossCafe, the Bellingham cops are real pains about licence plates for some reason. It was a $216 ticket originally. I had a state issued plate on the front, but it was the yellow background and not the one with Mt. Rainier on it. I would rather not tempt fate and get another ticket.

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AlbatrossCafe
haha so lame! I like that yellow plate.
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avanti
To each their own, obviously... as to which hassles to live with and which to TRY to avoid. All the best.
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huntb
I dig the extension, tho I feel like with it mount as vertical as it is like that it would have clearance issues with the tire.
So far no issues but if it does hit the tire the aluminum where the plate mounts can be bent at any angle pretty easily

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I agree, the cops were I live are really anal about licence plates.  I got a ticket in my car for having an older plate on the front.  I went to court and they dropped the fine to $140.  I learned my lesson though. 
What lesson? The lesson of "having a slightly older plate makes it slightly inconvenient to look at?" Paying $140 is some BS. Not like your older plate was hurting anyone. I can't believe that the fine was more beforehand... 
The Yoshi was fine and looked good, but I put this on because where I live these dumb cameras were put up on the highway (I-405) to extract tolls out of cars in the HOV lane. Motorcycles are still free but if you don't have their special electronic pass mounted on your bike you will get fined anyway. I did have the pass previously on my old bike and it didn't work 100% of the time, so I got tolled and had to waste tons of effort resolving the charges (like 30 minutes of sitting on hold for $0.75 of toll). Also, I don't like the idea of my bike being tracked and I don't like paying tolls for something that would otherwise be free to me. This swap was mainly so I could avoid this mess.
 
The plate is still fairly readable from where an average car might sit behind me, so I don't think I will get trouble for it unless I am already doing something wrong.

The lesson of not to drop the soap around Johnny Law.  8-)
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avanti
You don't have to drop it, Beemer... just be seen holding it.
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