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As I am new to all this, I was hoping I could do a quick writeup for other people like me needing a little help, so here goes (if this is in the wrong section please move it)

No, I dont have a service manual, which I should probably get one, I tend to learn by tearing into things. I am getting ready to put a side mount license plate/taillight, and new turn signals on, and chop my rear fender, so I took some pictures of the dissasembly to hopefully help all of you:

First thing is first however, get the bike on a lift, it will make your job 100x easier. All the bolts are under the fender so you really need access with the tire out of the way:



next, remove your shocks. this allows the rear wheel to drop down out of the way so you have easy access to the bolts:



Next you need to remove any bolts holding your (I think they are called, strut covers) on. (the chrome long piece that is attached to the turn signals). For me this meant I had to remove the pieces my luggage rack attaches too, as well as the bolt on the backside of each turn signal. DO NOT pull on the turn signals once the bolts are out. The torx bolt needed for the luggage rack holders on mine was a size 27 Torx bolt. Cant remember the size of the wrench I used on the other side, I believe I used a mix of 13mm, and 7/16, a couple other ones as well.



To remove the one closest to the turn signal, I had to take the amber lens off so I could get my ratchet back there. Next, using a phillips head screwdriver, remove the lens from your tail light. Im sorry I didnt take many pictures from here out because it was pretty straightforward. Behind the taillight you'll find a circuit board with 4 connectors in it. White is the left side rear turn signal, remove it, black is the right side rear turn signal, remove that, and the other two are the tail light and the overall signals from up front, remove both of those. There is a bolt holding that piece on, just take and remove that and the whole assembly pops off.

Now the more difficult part in removing the turn signals: The wires are clipped in, very easy to pop out of clips, but on the right side they are zip tied to the ECM signal, just cut the zip ties. The connectors to the turn signals wont easily fit through the whole (if at all) so to remove the turn signal, I just chopped the wires leaving enough room to splice my new turn signals into it.

Ths is the little whole youre trying to get everything through:



Finally, there is a bolt holding the fender to the frame, and 2 connectors for electrical (im assuming the ECM) at the front of the fender. Remove those and you end up with:



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If you are planning on chopping your fender, as I am, I put blue painters tape on my fender (a 1"x1" piece) as marking while still on the bike so I knew I dont want to cut any higher than that place. Hope this helps.


I hope this helps people out who need it. Like I said, easiest way for me to learn is to just tear into it. Please, if you have input, add it and I will make edits to this to help keep it all together. I want this to be a decent writeup for people like me who havent done much of anything like this before. Thanks.
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good write up and great pics, however removing the shocks seems a little involved to me for just removing the fender. I took mine off while the bike was on the jiffy stand.
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Removing the shocks only takes a couple seconds and allows the wheel to drop out of the way which gives a ton more room to get your hands to the bolts underneath. It may not be necessary but I think in the long run it saves time. and you'll at least need to detach the tops to get the cover off.
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It depends on the length of your shocks, mine are huggers so I had to remove them ass well.
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Kool, I am just taking my fender off & needed a refrence.

Great Job!
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I went ahead and pulled the tire and wheel !
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And thanks to you I went from this to this since my last post
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Just pulled the bolt from the top of the shock & used my jack. I would not condone this pratice for others. I am just a little nutz.
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Hey Cadillac- Great write-up and very informative! I'm doing this exact thing when I get the rear fender/tank rattlecanned. Also nice to see the pics for reference.
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great write up ! thanks...b.
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