2005 Suzuki Katana Fender Removal

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  1. RedKat600

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    This one is a bit different from the already posted How-To as the 03+ Kats have the plate light integrated with the tail light. This will show you how to remove that big, nasty shovel, and still be able to use the factory light. It's also what happens when I have a day off, a shop full of tools, and a drive to actually do something.

    This is what you start with. UGLY!

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    Remove the tail.

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    This hole is important!! You need to keep this! Cut the line where the shovel is vertical, then file to the horizontal part.

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    This one is important too, be sure to leave these holes! Your tail mounts to these.

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    Rough cut.

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    Filed down.

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    Shavings on my tire from filing the edge.

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    Drill two holes, add license plate bracket from the factory shovel.

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    OOOohhhh, what's this?

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    Insert big piece of metal.....

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    Chop chop!

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    Now I have these.

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    Let's go see these guys.

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    Gonna need this too.....

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    Hey, this thing works!

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    I gots a box......

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    Hmmm....gonna need this tool too. Wouldn't want him to feel left out, ya know?

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    Oh look, someone put holes in my nice bracket!! How rude....

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    It's painted semi-flat black...and dried with a halogen light as it's cold as &*^(*&^% out here.

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    Bolted on.

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    Oohhh,,,,,,sexy!

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    That's how you keep it clean. What bracket?

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    Factory plate light.

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    Plate is lit so I don't get jacked up.

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    #1 RedKat600, Feb 20, 2012
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  2. Grantizzle

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    dig the mod, dig your shop more.
     
  3. As long as this bracket holds up to what is now below it, you will be fine, it sure did clean the back of the bike up 8)

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  4. RedKat600

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    Thanks! I'm spoiled. Not much more to it than that.
     
  5. RedKat600

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    That bracket is pretty stout. What I added to it was not much, and there is no flex at all to it. Time will tell, but I feel confident it will hold just dandy.

    The best part about this mod? It didn't cost me a dime. Just some scrap metal and some time.
     
  6. now swap out those ugly ass signals for some rizomas and you'll be set.
     
  7. RedKat600

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    Maybe later on down the road. It really needs new rubber, and that's a higher priority than spending money for looks at this time. Date code on the tires is from 2006 I think. I see some Road 3's in my future.
     
  8. you might want to look at your pictures again if your trying to hide your license plate number
     
  9. RedKat600

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    Photobucket is whack. I edited them on PB, then replaced original, then posted. Some are covered and some aren't apparently. Thanks for the heads up, I'll do it when I get to work. Next time I'll edit before upload.
     
  10. FeralRdr

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    QFT! Though they tend to be expensive, they are damn sexy.


    I've ran into that same problem myself. In the future, after you edit the photo, change its file name. That will circumvent PB from displaying the unedited photo. As near as I can tell, PB seams to cache the original photo for a certain amount of time. So even if you edit the photo and delete the original (if you are still using the original file name) it will continue to display the unedited file until the cache is refreshed. Another option is to edit the photo in MS Paint before you post it.

    In any event, nice mod.
     
  11. RedKat600

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    I also think that if you post them on a forum and then edit them, the server the forum is hosted on caches them as well. So you have to wait for the forum cache to refresh AND PB cache to refresh. Poo on that. I'll just edit first next time.

    The wife really likes it too. The before and after is huge!
     
  12. xpertss

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    Nice work man... I feel less mechanically inclined at the moment since I just went to eBay and bought a finder eliminator :/
     
  13. RedKat600

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    Don't feel bad. Not everyone has the resources I do. Plus I'm on a budget, and that inspires things like this.
     

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