Harley-Davidson Softail owners are always trying to find ways to clean up the appearance of their motorcycles. A layback-style number plate bracket, which places the number plate at an angle directly above the rear fender, can lend that extra bit of wow factor to any Softail model. To complete the look, many of the plate brackets available on the market provide mounting points for the rear indicators. Moving the signals from the sides of the rear fender to the number plate bracket is a straightforward project that you can do in less than an hour.
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Things you need
- Phillips screwdriver
- Paper clip
- Socket wrench and sockets
- Layback number plate bracket
Unscrew the tail light lens from the rear fender with a Phillips screwdriver. Remove the lens and unplug the tail light socket from the back of the tail light housing.
Unplug the rear indicators' connectors from the spade terminals at the top of the tail light housing. There are two slots on the end of the indicators' connectors. Insert the end of a bent paper clip into the slot to release the indicators' wiring. Pull the wires out of the connectors.
Unscrew the rear indicators' nuts from the underside of the rear fender, using a socket wrench. Pull the signals and their wires out of the rear fender.
Remove the stock number plate bracket from the rear fender with a socket wrench.
Insert the indicators and their wires into the new number plate bracket's mounting ears. Tighten the turn signal nuts with a socket wrench. Slide the indicators' wiring through the centre hole at the end of the rear fender. Install the new number plate bracket onto the rear fender. Tighten the bracket's bolts with a socket wrench.
Push the turn signal's wiring through the rear fender and into the tail light housing. Push the ends of both wires from each turn signal into their connectors. Push the connectors onto the spade terminals on the top of the tail light housing. Plug the tail light socket into the tail light housing, then reinstall the tail light lens with a Phillips screwdriver.
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