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Some side plates have a slot from the hole the turn signal wires go through, so you don't have to cut the wires. I suppose yours don't.
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Yeah :/ I think a lot of the newer turn signal stalks are designed like that.

Unfortunately the ones on the '90 sportster are a little awkward in that they feed through the bolt that you use to mount to the frame and fender.

Seems like newer models, in general, are easier to stick side plates on.
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Removing the shocks and lifting up the bike gave me a lot more clearance to see what is going on underneath. I was able to trace the signal light wires to the harness. That was a big success for me, just to get more familiar with the different parts of the bike.

But it looks like the previous owner had cut and spliced both these tail light wires at least 2 times. Didn't seem like there was a clean place to cut it again. So I think I am going to save this as a winter project, that way I can also relocate the turn signals all together that was something that I wanted to do anyways, might as well do both at the same time.

I appreciate everyones help on this!
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The tail light wires are the same problem. Last time I took my rear fender off, I put plug connectors on all the rear wiring so in the future, all I have to to is unplug the wires to the component if I need to take it off.
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Thats a really great idea 83XLX. I will definitely do the same when the bike is off the road for the season and I redo all this wiring. it would definitely simplify any future modifications.
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