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ATTN: All #1, #3, and #5 are sold out. Keep posted for the second round!

Here is the complete list so far. If your name is in bold, please let me know what one you will want. Also inform me if you want to cancel or change your selection so I can accurately keep track of how many of which bracket I have available.

David PT - 5
hsilman - 5
jameswing - 5
snis300 - 1
Chan - 5
Apollo -
of_the_troops - 5
deslock - 5
soulpatch - 4
skinfear - 5
mavfan -
irisharse3 - 1
purestfeeling - 5
Disgruntal - 5
superwormy - 1
sk8142 - 5
patricjft - 5
jlira - 3
zackman722 - 5
vilago - 2
Chef13007 - 1
clemson1 - 5
K2sfc - 5
supercooloptw - 5
promazda - 5
Bilsdragon - 5
SteveO - 5
buzzmanrm - 3
SeensSV - 5
spayn141 - 5
The_Shadow - 5
CanaDan - 5
scoobinator - 5
gokoolfl - 3
Rob4812 - 5
sloth163 - 1
erstadw - 2

So far, I have this many left:

#1) 1
#2) 1
#3) 0
#4) 2
#5) 0

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All right, thanks to WV_SV I was able to design a bracket that will accept the OEM license plate light. Also, I'm in contact with shop manager local to me who can have these suckers cut. I sent him all the AutoCAD files this afternoon; he should have me a price tomorrow or Monday.

All in all, I will offer five designs. $20 for design #1 that uses the factory plate bracket, $25 for the rest. I would prefer to ship them unbent. This will allow for easier/cheaper shipping cost (they'll fit nicely in a USPS Priority envelope), it will allow the end customer angle the plate to their liking, and will make it easier to drill/modify, if the buyer so wishes.

I can fit roughly 30 brackets on a 4'x4' sheet of metal - that'll yield ~6 of each design. I already have a few brackets spoken for. I'll get actual numbers once I receive the finished brackets. As far as material, I'm thinking 1/16" (16ga) 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. The following quote was taken from Alcoa Engineered Products:

Alloy 6061 is one of the most widely used alloys in the 6000 series. This standard structural alloy, one of the most versatile of the heat-treatable alloys, is popular for medium to high strength requirements and has good toughness characteristics. Applications range from transportation components to machinery and equipment applications to recreation products and consumer durables... Alloy 6061 has excellent corrosion resistance to atmospheric conditions and good corrosion resistance to sea water. This alloy also offers good finishing characteristics and responds well to anodizing.
Now the AutoCAD porn. Here are the five designs I offer, each with a short description:

#1) $20. This was my original and simplest. It's made to be used in conjunction with the factory plate mount. I found that by enlarging the holes once occupied by the reflectors, turn signals will slide right in. This is what I've been using for the past 8 months with no problems whatsoever. Due to the design, there isn't provisions for a license plate light, unless you use the kind that are built in to bolts.


#2) $25.I figured some people might not have the OEM plate mount, so I designed one that will work without. This particular model doesn't have a place to mount turn signals. This is specifically people with integrated tail lights (or other means of signaling) and don't want to add any others. I chose not to make a hole for a license plate light due to varying aftermarket lights. If you provide information on what light you want to use, I'll measure and mark where to drill, maybe even drill it for you (by hand).


#3) $25. Same as #2, but with a place to mount turn signals.


#4) $25. Again, thanks to WV_SV for sending me a factory license plate light. Those of you who haven't inspected the OEM light, I suggest you do so. It doesn't mount using a single hole, Suzuki had to make it complicated so it requires three - two for bolts and a large one in the center for the wires. There's a rubber grommet/gasket that fits in the holes. The light slides into the gasket, then a metal L-shaped bracket goes behind it for support and it's bolted down. Because of this bulky mounting system, I had to extend the entire license plate section to make room. But, alas, you can use your factory light and be legal and seen. Like #2, this one is for integrated-tail light-havers who don't want extra signals.


#5) $25. Same as #4, but with a place to mount turn signals.




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Hey fellow SVers...

Shortly after I purchased my SV I started looking to modify it. The first thing that came to mind was (you guessed it) getting rid of the big, obnoxious rear fender... I searched long and hard for fender eliminators, but couldn't justify the price. A small aluminum bracket for $80 (or more)?! So, I made my own.

I didn't have much time or a decent place to make it (friend's parent's back yard, rofl) so it didn't turn out real well, but it worked. Fast forward to two days ago - I decided it was time to remake my bracket. I have some free time and a garage now, so I can make it the way I originally wanted.

Shortly into drawing up my design I thought "Hey, I bet someone on SVRider would like this bracket". So, I came up with a couple variations.

I'm currently in the prototype stage. I was able to get most of the measurements from my first bracket so fine-tuning wasn't difficult. My original design was designed to be used with the OEM license plate bracket (simplest and easiest) but I figured not everybody would have this bracket, so I designed one for people without. I also figured some people have integrated turn/tail light and wouldn't want provisions for turn signals.

The best part is the price: $20 for the bracket designed to be used with the OEM license plate bracket, $25 for the other two (plus shipping). My Profit wouldn't be high - this is more of a service than a money-making endeavor.

I'm currently using Diamond-plate aluminum, but could use regular steel (would need a coating of some sort to prevent rust. Truck bed liner works well).

Right now I'm making them all by hand (small variations are to be expected). Shortly I'll put it into CAD and hopefully find someone with CNC access that can make them to exact specifications.

Let me know if anyone would be interested in one of my fine products ;D :p

Edit: for $5 I'll send you a scan with exact measurements in mm's for any of these designs to make on your own. Also, I may do some custom alterations. Send me a PM with details about what you want and I'll see what I can do.
 

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$20 bracket designed to be used with factory license plate mount:









Of course, these are merely the prototypes. I've already copied this design onto a sheet of diamond-plate aluminum and will cut it out tomorrow.
 

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$25 bracket that is designed for plate only. Has spot for a light and is available with or without provisions for signals.











 

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i made a fender eliminator for my bike over winter break from collage, it cost me around 15 dollars (without signals) it did take a while to make (i could have worked my **** bum job another week, and bought an $80 fend elim online but decided to make my own instead) buying one for $20 sounds like a great deal. yours looks cleaner than mine with the smaller plate light.

i would think that bending dimond plate would be a *****, if you are making alot of them paint and primer would not cost anything.

the 03 tail/fender is different (more difficult) if you didn't know. good luck with the project.
 

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Got the main bracket drawn up in AutoCAD. Next I need to pursue more accurate/efficient means of cutting them out (jigsaw is a PITA, lol).

 

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Here are the other two designs. I opted not to include a hole for a license plate light due to variances in the available lights. I can easily add one, if the demand is there.



 

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Didn't know you were looking. Hit me up. As far as I know, there's only CNC plasma cutting, not a full on mill or whatever. So it can cut sheets, but wouldn't be able to machine spools and such.
 

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Didn't know you were looking. Hit me up. As far as I know, there's only CNC plasma cutting, not a full on mill or whatever. So it can cut sheets, but wouldn't be able to machine spools and such.
yeah, I make plate holders as well...actually the first product I started making and selling...years ago. Does no one check my site? LOL

I have been lazy about finding waterjet places to cut it for me..I'll get a cad drawing together and send it your way. Thanks.
 

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yeah, I make plate holders as well...actually the first product I started making and selling...years ago. Does no one check my site? LOL
I actually did check your site before I started this thread, just to make sure I wasn't copying your design. Your holders look very nice, but I enjoy a more subtle approach with no extra hardware. I'm by no means trying to take away from your business, just adding some options out there :hug:
 

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Here's my first actual prototype. I need to refine my dimensions and find someone who can cut 'em out for me, then we'll be rockin'. (Snatfinder, I'll PM you later this afternoon).

Here's some eye candy:















 
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