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 Crafty repair to cracked numberplate hanger - M800

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bigmal
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PostSubject: Crafty repair to cracked numberplate hanger - M800   Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:07 pm

Here you can see how the plastic moulding which holds indicators, rear number plate etc had split right through along the crease (this is the M800 'fishtail' model)

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The metal 'u section' bracket which screws to the number plate would screw to this. So bike unroadworthy

Didnt have any sheet metal in stock to make a bracket, but did have one of these chunky brackets (bright plated steel I think)

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After a bit of flattening, hacksawing & filing, made 2 brackets & pop riveted these to the metal u channel/number plate assembly:

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Then used a couple of nice large headed allen bolts to screw this to the original plastic housing on the bike:

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Job done... and beats spending £70 on a new plastic housing, which would probably have been a pig to fit.


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PostSubject: Re: Crafty repair to cracked numberplate hanger - M800   Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:18 pm

Excellent, always feels good when you do a job yourself and save a few bobs or in this case lots of bobs
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PostSubject: Re: Crafty repair to cracked numberplate hanger - M800   Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:28 pm

I do like a good bodge that turns out looking very good.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafty repair to cracked numberplate hanger - M800   Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:54 pm

You're spot on Chris! It felt very bodge like when I was at the 'hacksaw & file' stage, but by the time I'd finished, especially with the large flat headed bolts, it looks really good. Alters the angle of the number plate a bit (less vertical now) but I like that.

cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Crafty repair to cracked numberplate hanger - M800   Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:10 pm

Good job, BigMals tail tidy mod
Keep an eye on it though just to ensure the metal isn't getting stressed due to vibration & wobble, I reckon it'll be good as gold though

A good bodge is a work of art and takes a bit more thinking about than the easy route people with money take.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafty repair to cracked numberplate hanger - M800   Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:25 pm

Well thought out and done Mal.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafty repair to cracked numberplate hanger - M800   Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:44 pm

Looks great mate
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PostSubject: Re: Crafty repair to cracked numberplate hanger - M800   Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:13 pm

It goes to show that make do and mend is still very much an English preoccupation, very well done Sir.
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PostSubject: Re: Crafty repair to cracked numberplate hanger - M800   Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:17 pm

Nice repair Mal  
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PostSubject: Re: Crafty repair to cracked numberplate hanger - M800   Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:11 pm

That's an old post guys... I just resurrected it in case it helped our German friend with mending his Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Crafty repair to cracked numberplate hanger - M800   Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:46 am

Still a very worthy post Mal & some members obviously have not seen it before so it's new to them. Still good no matter when it was posted.  
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