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I made a side mount license plate bracket out of 1 1/2" X 1/8" thick aluminum. I attached a plate back and frame along with the actual license plate. My question is do I need to get a new shock bolt that is longer to make up for the additional 1/8" bracket thickness?

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I used the same 1/8 and attached it to the lower shock bolt using the same bolt and locktight have had no problems :lol:


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a word of caution!! you may want to do a search and not take my word for it.

a few guys have posted here that they also made a bracket from aluminum but this material is not strong enough to withstand the vibration over time. one lost his tag, another attached some kind of "leash" to prevent losing his tag which ended up causing damage to his bike when the mount broke and started flapping around and hitting the bike while he was riding.

most if not all of the aftermarket sidemounts are made of steel or stainless for this reason.
 

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Shock bolt

Upper shock bolt is slightly longer than the lower one (at least on my 2003 C model). You can check your upper shock bolt and try it on your lower with plate mount. Use a stainless steel lock washer or locktite and you are all set. Honda Part number for upper shock bolt is #90100-438-850. :)
 

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My experience with New Jersey inspectors is that they are very
thorough. Make sure that there is a functional lamp
lighting up the rear license plate.
 
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Does anyone know if it's legal in NJ to mount the plate vertically instead of horizontally? The only thing I could find was the statement that it must be illuminated.

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Kooch,

I cannot answer about whether the New Jersey inspectors require
horizontally mounted license plates.

I do know that a lot of guys who run side mounted plates also
want to remove their turnsignals. While I agree that turnsignal
removal makes for a cleaner look on show bikes, I cannot condone
running a bike which was originally built with turnsignals
on our streets and highways with the signals removed .

A friend of mine suffered extensive injuries in a motorcycle accident
which he believed was due to the confusion in the driver behind him
misunderstanding his intensions. He wanted to make a right hand turn.
He made the hand signal for a right hand turn, but his taillight/brakelight
was mounted on the left side of the bike above his sidemounted
license plate. His antique Harley knucklehead did not have turnsignals.
The fellow behind him thought that the pulsing brake light,
(which he activated more than once between each downshift)
was a left turn signal indication, and tried to pass my friend on the right.
Broken arm, broken leg, broken ribs, totalled out bike.

We have to share the road with folks who are old, half blind,
sometimes drunk, talking on cellphones, adjusting their radios,
drinking coffee, putting on makeup, you name it, they do it behind
the wheel of their four wheel cages. Make sure that the idiot following
behind you can see and understand what your intensions are as
you ride your motorcycle. Be sure that your rear lighting works at
least as well as the manufacturer designed it to.
 
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coyote,
I would agree that we, as motorcycle riders, need to be more conscience about our surrounding while we ride. The only person who truly looks out for you, is you. I would also agree with the turn signal comments you made. I indeed did remove my stock turn signals but replaced them with Kuryakn LED silver bullets. They simply clean up the back end of the bike and IMHO make the bike look so much better. Thanks for the info.

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