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There's another thread about the Vagabond FE, but nothing here in the How To section, so I thought I'd add a copy of my post from another forum from when I installed mine last year. As mentioned, they have great instructions posted online and included in the package, so I don't think a detailed step-by-step guide is necessary, but I did add a few tidbits of related info.
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Everyone hates the look of the rear fender on modern sportbikes, though some tolerate it for its functionality. My bike is a toy, not my sole form of transportation or even a daily commuter, so I planned to remove it right away.

They seem to have realized that everyone removes them. The stock fender comes off with just 4 allen head screws in the trunk. No sawing undertail plastic or anything crazy like that.



After looking at a few of the options, I decided on the Vagabond VM-KN410. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's perfect for the way I like to do things. Oddly enough, it's one of the cheaper options too.

The bracket is aluminum with an epoxy coating. It has pressed in bolts that fit through the factory holes and secure with nuts inside the trunk. Sort of backwards compared to the factory fender mounting, but it means the threads are all inside the tail, not right above the tire. It has holes cut out on the rear and sides to match the factory turn signals and plate light. You unscrew the lights from the stock fender, and install them into the Vagabond piece exactly the same way. The fit was perfect, and as easy as working on the stock parts. A grommet is included for sealing up the hole in the tail where the wires pass through. There are rubber bumpers for the bottom of the license plate to rest against. They have great instructions posted online and included in the package. You do have to reuse whatever plate mounting screws you currently have

The most difficult step was removing the screws on the turn signal backing plates (step 9) - there's not much space so a right-angle driver works better, and they're technically JIS screws, so a Phillips bit tends to cam out and strip the screw. Vagabond actually includes replacement screws because it's easy to mess them up. I used channel-locks on the outside of the screw heads to break them loose, with no damage other than some marks on the edge of the screw head. Four screws to remove the fender from the bike, four more to remove the plastic cover from the steel frame, two on the plate light, and one on each turn signal. This was my first time taking apart anything on the bike, and I completed the entire R&R in under an hour.





I'm very happy with this item. High quality part, good instructions, easy to swap, it looks good enough to be OEM, and it somehow costs less than many competitors. If you want to replace/remove the stock lights, this may not be the best option. If you want to keep the stockers and not mess with buying/figuring out other lighting, this is a great way to go.
 

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This is a good looking simple cost effective Eliminator. I like the clean look it provides and retains the stock lighting system.
 

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(y) I'm happy with mine also.
I'm pretty sure this one is the same one I installed last week. The most complicated part was understanding the little spreader on the OEM light that held the rubber boot in place, but if my oafish ass could manage not to break it, it had to have been pretty robust-yet-easy.
 

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I love the look but fear that the angle of the plate I would get pulled over for tipped/hiding the plate. Police are big assholes here.
 

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so, i'm in the midst of doing the rear fender replacement with the Vagabond fender... and I stripped the screws holding the turn lights to the factory fender, and cant figure out a way to release the mounting plate and lights. It was barely any pressure, but those things rounded out in a hurry. Suggestions?

I used a standard screw driver, since i don't have a JIS (?) head, or a right angle screwdriver/ratchet that can fit in that tight space. Hammer to the plastic fender?:mad::oops::oops:
 

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I used a little stubby JIS and jammed it in there while slightly bending the rubber turn signal stalk to get a good bite on the screw. Tricky little buggers...

if they’re stripped then maybe try the old cut a slot and use a flat blade trick to get them out...
 

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I recently did a tail tidy and an integrated tail light. I highly recommend the integrated tail lights as they really clean up the back. This is purely personal cosmetic preference, but I never liked those huge turn signal lights that were clearly put there as an afterthought vs truly being part the of styling of the bike. Just my 2 cents.
 

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I used a little stubby JIS and jammed it in there while slightly bending the rubber turn signal stalk to get a good bite on the screw. Tricky little buggers...

if they’re stripped then maybe try the old cut a slot and use a flat blade trick to get them out...
So, turns out you can pop up the tailights from the factory fender WITHOUT opening up the screws and the dual plates. just pull it right out, and the plates come out (albeit as a single piece).

I was able to remove one screw, and the second was way too badly stripped to get it out...I just reused the plate assembly as is on the Vagabond fender...it was a bit tricky, but nothing compared to trying to get out a stripped screw in that narrow space.

Thought I'd share for the next person that decides to go down this pathway. Don't fight the screws it they're jammed tight like mine, just skip to the next step!

Thanks again, @Boat!
 
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