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TST Industries very generously sent me, at no cost, a Pre-Production version of their Fender Eliminator to install and comment on. They asked that I give an unbiased opinion of the product and that is what follows here.

They sent me a complete Adjustable Kit (also available as a fixed version, but the adjustable one allows you to adjust the angle of the license plate) , including Under Tail Panel, Plate Holder, Signal Mounts and their Stealth License Plate Light. The kit arrived partially assembled (production products will arrive unassembled) and was packed/protected very well in the box. Also came with several stickers and a small key chain.

The TST F.E. is a bit different than other F.E.’s available for the R3 in that it is a modular product. You only buy the parts that you need. For example: If you are using an Integrated Tail Light, you will only need the Under Tail Panel, the Plate Holder and possibly one of their two License Plate Lights, but not the separate side-attached mounts for turn signals. NOTE: The signal mounts use the same bolts that are used to attach the license plate.

The Undertail Panel (a molded unit with reinforcement ribbing) and Plate Holder (appears to have been CNC cut from a solid thick piece) are made from plastic (ABS, I think) and are very sturdy. All of the supplied hardware is Stainless Steel.

The Signal Mounts are made from steel and are adjustable for width, either sitting flush with the edge of the license plate or adjusted outward up to about an Inch. This could be useful if your State, Province, Shire or Country has minimum width requirements on signal spacing.

The Stealth License Plate Light is made from plastic, has 4 white LEDs in it and lights up the license plate very well. This light is made to mount on the back of your License Plate with a 3M adhesive rectangle that comes pre-attached to the Light. [NOTE: This makes the license plate bulge out slightly in the middle, but the license plate can be leveled by either adding a couple washers between the plate and the plate mount, moving the signal mounts (if used) to in front of the plate mount, or trimming the mounting tab on the light so that it attaches behind the Plate Mount and between the metal brackets on the rear of the Plate Mount, which is what I did.].
NOTE: this light is a Universal Fitment item. It wouldn't be economically feasible to make an individual light for each motorcycle model, but this one WILL FIT to ANY license plate and can also be easily modified for a permanent fitment behind the plate holder. Easy Peasy!

They just uploaded an info video on the Stealth Light a minute ago!


AND, here's the install video for the light, just uploaded by TST:


Overall the kit is a nice looking, easy to install (the Undertail Panel uses the same 4 holes from the stock rear fender) and very Minimalist-looking design.

The Signal Mounts are designed for use with TST's signals. If installing other Aftermarket signals you just have to install the mounts with the slotted side facing out to the sides to allow clearance for the signal mounting posts. [Thanks to Bart at TST for this info]

The install took me exactly one hour (the length of Radio Lab on Public Radio that I listened to while doing the install). My R3 had the Vagabond Motorsports F.E. on it already, which made it easier, so a clean install from stock would certainly take a bit longer.

Since it was a Pre-Production Unit mine didn't come with any instructions, but it was very easy to figure out and I'm sure a good set of instructions and an Install Video will be available once the Kits are shipping.....


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Nice write up Fang. Would you say the plate is visible to read from behind if you fully angle it so the back side is touching the undertail? Aftermarket signals was my first option, but I might have to consider integrated light. Looks very clean indeed and the packaging is A+
 

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Nice write up Fang. Would you say the plate is visible to read from behind if you fully angle it so the back side is touching the undertail? Aftermarket signals was my first option, but I might have to consider integrated light. Looks very clean indeed and the packaging is A+
Just guessing, I'd say no, but I'll test that out in the morning and report back.
 

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Yes, agree, nice thorough and descriptive write up FengShui. I was wondering what turn signals you had-thought they were BikeMasters or LightTechs. I just ordered TST front LED signals and rear LED signals, along with their Yamaha OEM clips for aftermarket signals and relays. Soooo waiting for the Halo-1 running lights & flush mount turn signals from TST like everyone else.

The TST FE kit looks very clean, and compelling. Definitely a worthy upgrade kit by the looks of it.. Hopefully they square away the little turn signal issue and get it in to production asap. Getting it to market quickly is imperative with the proliferation of competing kits.
 

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Looks like it might be lighter then other kits. Would you say so?
 

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Nice write up Fang. Would you say the plate is visible to read from behind if you fully angle it so the back side is touching the undertail? Aftermarket signals was my first option, but I might have to consider integrated light. Looks very clean indeed and the packaging is A+
With it pivoted all the way up, and touching the undertail, the license plate is parallel to the ground and not visible at all.

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That could come in handy if you rig up some actuators. Run tolls and stuff.
 
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Bart here chiming in...Feng, our signal mounting kit was developed to work with the signals that we sell. It would be difficult to make one that works for all the aftermarket signals on the market and doesn't compromise the look. For your application the solution will be to use the round hole of the mounting bracket towards the license plate mount, and the slotted side for the signal. By mounting the signal in to the slotted side you will be able to adjust it away from the nut and screw protruding through the back side of the assembly.
 

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Bart here chiming in...Feng, our signal mounting kit was developed to work with the signals that we sell. It would be difficult to make one that works for all the aftermarket signals on the market and doesn't compromise the look. For your application the solution will be to use the round hole of the mounting bracket towards the license plate mount, and the slotted side for the signal. By mounting the signal in to the slotted side you will be able to adjust it away from the nut and screw protruding through the back side of the assembly.
Excellent! Should have spotted that myself! I edited my post to reflect this....
 

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Excellent! Should have spotted that myself! I edited my post to reflect this....
Thank you for your attention to detail and thoroughness. Your review is very well structured. Hopefully if the cold eases up you can get some outdoor shots showing the clean lines of the bike. On another note, we have a prototype of our integrated taillight already on the bike. I can show it to you if you are interested but it would have to be through Skype of Google hangouts video chat. I don't want to send photos of this thing out yet because it is not finalized. Let me know if you are interested.
 

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Thank you for your attention to detail and thoroughness. Your review is very well structured. Hopefully if the cold eases up you can get some outdoor shots showing the clean lines of the bike. On another note, we have a prototype of our integrated taillight already on the bike. I can show it to you if you are interested but it would have to be through Skype of Google hangouts video chat. I don't want to send photos of this thing out yet because it is not finalized. Let me know if you are interested.
I'd definitely be interested but I don't have SKYPE or Google Hangouts active on my computer.

You can always PM me at any time. I check the Forum regularly, particularly during cold weather when I can't work outdoors.
 

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At this point we do not want any photos of this unit anywhere in the public space. We will try to send you some photos before we go public with our pre-release article.
 

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i just ordered through TST purchased the flush mount front LED turns and fender eliminator with the led plate light and led rear turns. Cant wait for the m to arrive
 

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Thanks for this awesome write up Fang, and thanks TST for this beautiful kit.
Unfortunately i can not install mine this weekend because usps had the package misplaced at the post office right next to my house and i shipped it to my work adress 35 miles away.
Usps said they found it and fixed the issue and it will be here on Monday :D
 

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Hey Fang, I just wanted to let you know that our kits are finally available for purchase on our website!

We hope you are still enjoying that kit and if there is anything we can do for you, please don't hesitate to ask!
That's cool. Good to see them getting into people's hands.

Now, don't hurt me, but I went back to the other F.E. I had because the Yamaha OEM led signals worked better with it (closer in for a narrower, cleaner look).

I passed your F.E. on to another forum member, VERCIFY, for free, and I think he already has it installed.

Thanks again for sending out the prototype....

Cheers!

Glen
 
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