April 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm #3852
I’m wanting to get a fender eliminator kit for the 2009 ninja because frankly the rear fender/license plate holder is just the ugliest thing I have ever seen. That being said, I’ve never installed one before and was just wondering how difficult it actually is. I know basic mechanical information, but when it comes to electrical stuff, I’m a total newbie. Does anyone that has installed one themselves think it could be something that I could do myself? Any info on the subject matter would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!April 8, 2010 at 3:36 pm #25547briderdtParticipant
Those guys will have a lot more first-hand knowledge on your bike than any other, and could give some good advice on the particular FE kits.April 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm #25549
Well I actually have a 650..but I suppose they have sites for just those too. Time to hit up google…April 8, 2010 at 9:39 pm #25558
So word on the forums is that if I go with the Targa kit, the biggest thing I would have to do is cut and splice the tag light wire. Has anyone ever cut and spliced a wire before? Obviously I would need a pair of wire cutters, but is there anything else I would need? Thanks guys!April 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm #25560BouncingRadicalParticipant
It’s super easy. Take a knife and cut the wire. Then take the end of the cut wire and a little ways down take the knife and softly cut the outer insulation. Pull off cut insulation to expose bare wire. Take that end, and the end of what you want to splice it to, put them together, insert into one of these http://www.maneywire.com/images/Winged%20Wire%20Nut.jpg
and twist tight.April 8, 2010 at 10:53 pm #25564
Hey man thanks! That does sound easy enough. This is the main issue I have with ordering one, but after reading that, I think I’m going to get one the next time I get paid. Can you get those winged wire nuts at your average hardware store?April 8, 2010 at 11:41 pm #25569IBA270Participant
Dude…don’t use that. That’s for hanging a ceiling fan, or fixing your grandma’s light switch.
The BEST way is to strip the wires, twist them together, solder them and the close it with heat shrink. A 5 minute job if you know what you’re doing. A house fire if you don’t .
Don’t fear; there are several crimp type connectors that will work… I would go to your local auto parts house and ask for a crimp type connector with shrink tubing on it, or the solderless shrink type connectors. You only need something to crimp with and a lighter. It will look clean and be reliable.April 9, 2010 at 3:27 am #25578CBBaronParticipant
Agree, Best choice is solder and heat shrink tubing. If you are really scared of solder (it’s easy) then a crimp connection with heat shrink tubing it OK.
Twist connections will loosen from the vibration on a vehicle and eventually fail. No the mention they are not sealed so corrosion will happen even if they don’t loosen.
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