I love my Phantom. Well, I love MOST of it. I can't stand the rear end. It's ugly and looks like cheap plastic crap. I was nursing a mighty fine hangover today and decided I needed to get outside and do something. It was time to destroy the rear end of the Phantom!
I bought a side license mount with a cat-eye on eBay for $30 a few weeks ago but haven't touched it until today. I forgot to take picture because I was in the zone, but here is what I did:
Removed the rear fender and cut the wiring from the base of the stock tail light. I removed the matte black plastic by removing all the bolts and cutting a slit by the indicators to let the wiring slip though. I tinkered around with the wiring for awhile to figure out how I want to wire it to the side mount. I moved the wiring over, spliced and diced the wiring for the tail/brake light and connected it. I put the fender back on and voila, a 1/2 complete rear end.
Tomorrow (or this week) I am going to cut the metal frame hanging down. After that, I am going to mount Radiantz LED strips (Red/Amber) to the rear fender that will act as run-brake-turn lights. I just ordered those so they will get mounted next weekend. Unfortunately, I have to keep the giant stock indicators for now.
So far I am pleased with what it looks like...well, what it WILL look like. I'm hoping to get the frame cut tomorrow so I don't have to ride around with a big U-shape frame sticking out. I will re-post when I get more done!
Before (already had side mount on before I remembered to take a pic):
I had two strips of 4 red LEDs that I might put on the bracket for the old tail light until the new lights come. You can see the one strip the pic above. It isn't mounted, it's just hanging by wires for now, it got too dark to finish it tonight. (I wish I had a nice garage to work in...unfortunately I live in an apartment for now).
I will be installing Radiantz Integratorz Flexible LED Light Strips soon!