The new-ness of my bike has worn off and I’ve started modifying it a bit to make it “my own”. I recently posted my Garage Door opener mod. I recently had a bit more time so I decided to mod my fender, using all factory parts. Here are the before and after photos:
The great thing about this mod is, besides a little time, I didn’t spend a dime. With a hacksaw you too can mod your fender and save some coin.
- Remove the fender.
- The fender on the 2012 Ninja is held on by three bolts and one screw (why, I have no idea)
- Now that you have the fender off, strip it down to the core structure leaving an elephant like looking object.
- I wanted to retain the tie down loops because my bike didn’t come with the grab handles (none of the 2012′s did). As a result I hacked off the bottom of the fender support after the loops.
Here is what the support looks like on the bike without the lights or plates.
- The brackets that are welded to the tie downs have a bolt hole in them where the plastic factory fender was bolted. Using a little of the stock plate from underside of the stock fender I cut out L brackets. I then used these to mount the turn signals to the fender support.
- I reused the license plate holder and using the space between the tag and inspection sticker I drilled a hole large enough to mount the license plate light (facing up onto the plate).
- All of the wiring was re-run up through the support and under the seat where it all plugged back in with no issues.
- Here is the modified fender prior to mounting back up to the bike.
The whole process took about 5 hours simply because I was learning as I went. Thinking back on it I bet it would only take an hour or two depending on your skill with a hacksaw, hammer, and drill. Here are a few pics of the fender on the bike.