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post #1 of 7 Old 08-23-2012, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Question Relocate turn signals to license plate?

I have a 1985 rebel 250 that I use for going around town, so naturally for carrying capacity I bought saddlebags for it. What I didn't take into account was that the rear turn signal stems are a little in the way for the installation of the bags. I was considering getting some L - brackets to mount on the license plate but I think it would look awful. I tried finding conversion kits for the license plate to hold them or to simply add LED strobes around the brake light, but I have little to work with and can't start an extended conversion process as I don't have the time between work and school.
Does anyone know where I could find a relatively simple installation kit or some sort of process I'm just not thinking of?
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-23-2012, 12:00 PM
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-23-2012, 12:49 PM
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I can't say that my solution was simple, but I did relocate my turn signals by creating an entirely new license plate bracket. A posting is here:

There is a photo of the installed bracket near the end of the photo collection. I removed the old license plate bracket entirely and created a large "U" shaped bracket that bolts over the chrome strips on the back fenders. This provided a new mount for the turn signals, license plate mount, and anchor point for rear rack. It worked out pretty well. Would be nice if someone would make a batch a bit nicer and have them chromed.

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-23-2012, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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yeah that's what I had in mind, I was just wondering if there were any kits that had stylized parts so it didn't look like I just went to home depot and got some braces. If there isn't any out there I guess I have no option
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That looks like something I would have to try. It looks way better than anything I would have come up with, thanks for the post!
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-23-2012, 02:16 PM
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there are some chrome brackets made that bolt onto the license plate bracket for just that purpose. you might have to drill a couple of holes, but it looks better than "L" brackets...

Saddlemen Turn Signal Relocation Bracket

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I got the Saddleman Turn Signal Relocation Bracket (in black, to match everything back there), but it seems it doesn't fit neatly behind the plate bracket unless you want to make some modifications. I'm probably going to have to put it plate-side between my plate backing and the plate bracket and fill in the gap at the bottom with washers or something. The instructions are geared toward HDs, with a statement basically saying metric cruiser owners are on their own to figure it out.

Before ordering the Saddlemen kit, I also looked at this: Honda Rebel 125 250 450 • View topic - Rear Turn Signal Relocation - with pics

I just wasn't sure how well the metal at the corners would hold up over time with the signals vibrating against it. It seems like another option, though. Maybe some rubber washers or something would help dampen the vibration?

I have yet to spend some time in the garage to figure out which is the best (my bags don't fit either), but I thought I'd put the non-bracket link up for consideration since I had it bookmarked.

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