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post #11 of 36 Old 07-08-2015, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Right here: http://www.hondarebelforum.com/f80/h...d-up-5644.html

No cuts required or recommended. Disconnect the stock tail light male connectors where they plug into the wiring harness and get replacement connectors for the new light. That way, when a subsequent owner wants to make changes, the wiring is intact.
Thanks for the link @flitecontrol!

I removed the rubber sock that was covering the rear light wiring, and although I didn't examine what was there fully, it seemed that the connections were direct/ very difficult to separate. I've got some spare F & M bullet connectors which can be crimped on and yea, 'future' proofing it is a real bonus.


I'm now in the process of making a plastic dummy version of the tail tidy.

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Those wires tend to be stiff because they are usually tightly compressed. But in my limited experience, the connections come apart fairly easily.

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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Indeed, after a little wiggling around, they do pop out! This is great as all I now need to do is put male bullet connectors on my replacement rear light

Tried this version of the tail tidy today. I have decided to add the red triangle areas for a little extra stability.
Will be doing some measuring (twice) tonight, ready for some cutting tomorrow, perhaps.
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Thanks for the link @flitecontrol!

I removed the rubber sock that was covering the rear light wiring, and although I didn't examine what was there fully, it seemed that the connections were direct/ very difficult to separate. I've got some spare F & M bullet connectors which can be crimped on and yea, 'future' proofing it is a real bonus.


I'm now in the process of making a plastic dummy version of the tail tidy.
Spray them with a shot of silicone spray.
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Spray them with a shot of silicone spray.
Cheers @dencor! Managed to free the ones for the number plate light, but I have some WD40 on hand in case the others prove harder to separate

Not sure if I mentioned it, but the

Okay, so last night I marked up the steel sheet for the tail tidy, and today I drilled, cut and bent it. Sadly, I am doing most of this in my crappy little room - I managed to borrow some time on the workbench at a local car shop where I bent the tail tidy and a bracket for the rear light.

Then I tried out what I had made on the bike (offered up) and found that I needed to raise the bracket a little, and to re-drill one of the holes. You should be able to see what it's like in the second attached photo, although the actual light is not installed. Because of the bullet connectors, swapping the rear light will be simple once I have made a good bracket for it (it includes a number late light - fewer connectors).

The bloke at the car garage warned me that the galvanized steel I had chosen to make the pieces from would have a tough time holding paint unless I sanded it thoroughly - great!!!

The Tuck and Roll Seat has arrived at the shop where I ordered it, but I received two speeding tickets - see attachment (one week apart, same camera!!) so I can't afford the good stuff and have to settle for an eBay 'other' brand version.

Anyway here are some recent photos of the steps described above.

PS. Damn this bike is great!!!
Although the stock exhaust system is too silent and I can't always tell what the revs are doing and it's a little under-powered when it comes to faster speed overtakes, the bike is sooo much fun in town, I own on this thing!! What a purchase! Rebel FTW!
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I have bought some primer for the stainless steel of the tail tidy, all I need to do before offering it up finally is to re-drill a hole. Then final fitting and then I'll get to the painting (primer, then black top coat).

In the meantime, I found a combined leather seat, bracket and springs set on eBay which is cheaper than the Biltwell seat alone. The Biltwell was obviously built well (duh) and looked lovely, but not being able to afford it and the likelihood that it would have got damaged due to being on a bike left outside made me decide to look for a cheaper option.



The battery died so I had to bump start it - so easy! Another reason to love the Rebel.

Although my Drift HD camera is broken, I thought I'd use my phone to take a short video of the bike in question:

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Not had the best internet connection recently, so I've been unable to update regularly.

Today I installed the tail tidy, LED rear light, a USB charger and Philips bulb.

The seat arrived from ebay and I've given it a trial. Looks like I'll test it without the springs initially.
I'll be talking to my mechanic about getting it mounted correctly.

The removal of the stock rear light left two giant holes in the rear fender, I thought they might be useful to mount a sissy bar of some kind - just a small one (about 10-14"); I'll also talk to the man with the know-how (and welding kit) about making one.
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Great job man! Well thought out, and executed quite well! Gave it a much more modern / sleek look to that rear end. Diggin it!
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Great job man! Well thought out, and executed quite well! Gave it a much more modern / sleek look to that rear end. Diggin it!
Thanks mate!
I looked for a choke plunger BTW, 45 at the nearest Mikuni dealer
That's about the same in US$. If I get one, it'll be on ebay from the US.

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bike looks real nice. the pictures are great.
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