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    I will attempt to document all of my modifications on our 2018 Spyder RT Limited, complete with difficulty level from a scale of 1-4 (1 being the easiest) and some tips that have helped me during installation.




    1) Trunk Mounted Double Flag Holder Set

    Difficulty Level - 1

    Tips - This was probably THE easiest mod I’ve ever done.

    Notes: I really like this mod, because I thoroughly believe that every biker
    should be patriotic and fly the Stars and Stripes. Since I served with
    the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) out of Ft. Campbell, KY, I’ve
    decided to also fly the Screaming Eagle. I’m both proud and honored to
    fly these colors on our bike.



    2) Lamonster Magic Mirrors

    Difficulty Level - 1

    Tips - Do NOT be afraid to knock the living crap out of your original mirrors.
    Also, these magnets are STRONG. Do NOT let them hit each other
    because the possibility of breaking them is very high.

    Notes: This is A MUST mod. Anytime you perform an oil change, light
    upgrade, etc, you WILL have to remove body panels, and the side
    view mirrors are the first to be removed. Also, these magnets
    significantly reduce vibrations and improves visibility. If you can
    only afford one mod, make sure this is the one.



    3) Next Gen LED Bumpskid

    Difficulty Level - 2

    Tips - Jack up the bike to provide some much-needed room. Use some
    C-clamps to immobilize the front of the bumpskid for accurate hole
    placements. Use SHARP drill bits, especially when drilling through
    the metal frame for the rear bolts. BE CAREFUL you don’t hit any cooling
    system components while drilling, so TAKE YOUR TIME.

    Notes: While this isn’t a necessary mod, I feel that it’ll save body panels
    in case I accidentally hit or run over objects. This was my first LED
    component, and I was extremely impressed with the quality of its
    light output. It has inspired me to upgrade my stock headlights and
    fog lights.



    4) Lamonster RT Spyder Cuff with Lamonster Approved Phone Holder

    Difficulty Level - 1

    Tips - Use the “rubber band” for a more secure install. I installed it
    on the right side because (1) I’m right handed, and (2) I feel that the
    left side of the handlebar already has enough buttons and levers.

    Notes: There is a reason why this is one of the most expensive cup/phone
    holders in the market. The quality is second-to-none. In addition, this
    was my first RAM mount, and didn’t realize how versatile and fully
    customizable it makes your bike. This Lamonster product is very
    well-made, and gives me confidence in purchasing other items from
    them in the future.



    5) Spyclops II LED Light

    Difficulty Level - 1

    Tips - Measure the LED strip and cut it at the indicated line. Power can be
    tapped on either side, so think about how you’re going to place it under the lip
    of the front hood. Ensure it clears the front of the hood when opening and
    and closing it.

    Notes: The bumpskid LED caused me to purchase this item. I thought about
    getting the ones that install on the A-arms, but I felt that that it would be over
    the top and didn’t like the way it looks as compared to the Spyclops. Plus,
    it looks cool, lol.



    6) Lamonster Ultra Bright LED Headlights

    Difficulty Level - 2

    Tips - I didn’t have a sharp knife or a proper bit for my Dremel, so I drilled a
    a hole inch from the edge with a bit that was the same width of the wire.
    Then, I used a pair of tin-snips to cut the rest of the plastic off. Quick and easy.
    Install the controller box OUTSIDE the cap because there’s no room inside. Use
    strong Velcro to secure it AT THE BOTTOM half of the cap where it curves downward.

    Notes: This mod is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it provides an added
    safety feature that cannot be stressed enough. I haven’t tested it out at night
    yet, but I’m quite sure it’s a definite improvement over stock. I like the fact that
    it doesn’t have a fan that can fail, which is probably the reason why it’s more
    expensive than other LED headlights. You get what you pay for, right ??



    7) Lamonster Ultra Bright LED Fog Lights

    Difficulty Level - 3

    Tips - Start with the right side first to familiarize yourself in this bitch of a project.
    Use a stubby flathead screwdriver to pop off the cap. It’s a straight install from
    here on out. The LEFT side, however, is where it gets interesting. Popping
    the cap is probably the easiest thing here. Again, unless you have dainty-
    sized hands of a 5th grader, you’re gunna be cussing yourself and the BRP
    engineers to no end. I must’ve spent about 2 hours trying all different ways to
    install the cap back with no success. I decided to leave it off because I came
    so, SO close to throwing the cap 98 mph out of my garage and onto the street.
    I’ve decided to keep the cap and will reinstall it when I take the frunk off in the
    future should I decide to upgrade to the Baja Ron Swaybars. If ANYBODY has
    a tip in reinstalling this cap, please let me know.

    Notes: This mod really wasn't THAT necessary, but it really bothered me when
    the fogs were turned on, and it was the only yellow light shining through
    a sea of white LEDs. It also bothered me that the black plastic cap was kicking
    my ass, but I'm sure it'll find its rightful place once I take the frunk off. Oh well,
    sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose.



    8) High Mount Brake/Run/Turn Taillights with Plug-n-Play Harness

    Difficulty Level - 2.5

    Tips - Measure twice (thrice, quadruple), drill once. Once you get over the fact
    you’re gunna be drilling a hole in your $25k bike, the rest of the install is pretty
    easy. Tons of parts to take off and reassemble, but it’s pretty fun because I feel
    like our Spyder is like LEGO for adults, LOL.

    Notes: Really, BRP should have designed something similar from the factory.
    This mod is one of my favorites because, as stated above, it was fun taking
    apart the rear end of the bike for the first time and putting it back together
    WITHOUT any issues. No tools were thrown from my garage !! Plus, the level
    of the lights is just right for the vehicles in the back, a DEFINITE safety
    feature. The Lamonster wiring harness made this install quick, easy and painless,
    so if you absolutely HATE wiring, the added price is worth it.



    9) Diamond R Passenger WEB Armrest

    Difficulty Level - 1.5

    Tips - Prior to removing the seat, put a piece of cloth on top of the dreaded Black
    Hole in the back to prevent accidentally dropping a nut or bolt into it and never
    seeing it again.

    Note: It was a toss-up between these armrests and the BRP ones. I like these a
    touch better because it's longer, which offers more comfort. I spoke to the owner
    of Diamond R when I was ordering it, and he was REALLY nice. The armrest and
    baseplate are robust, and the chrome pieces adds some class to our bike.



    Disclaimer: If you are wondering about my mechanical skills, I can safely assure you
    that I am NOT a mechanic by trade. I own a variety of cars/trucks, and am able to do
    simple DIY projects like oil and oil/air/cabin/fuel filter changes. I own a 1/2-ton Silverado, and have
    replaced the radiator, alternator and in-tank fuel pump. I also own a 3-Series BMW
    and have replaced window regulators (4 times !!), radiator (once), thermostat/water pump/
    expansion tank (twice), brake pads/rotors (twice), in-tank fuel pump (twice). My BMW,
    while it's been a GREAT car to drive, is NOTORIOUS for weak window regulators and cooling
    system. It has given me a good reason to learn to DIY many projects and have saved
    time and money by doing the jobs myself.

    Also, I'd like to thank the many Spyder DIYers who have documented their work on YouTube.
    Without your help and guidance, owners like me would have a very difficult time in many
    of our mods and DIY projects.
    Last edited by Peacekeeper6; 02-09-2020 at 07:46 PM. Reason: edit
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    2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Low (Pearl White) - hers (getting it ready for sale)
    2011 Tao Tao 50 - whoevers bike is in the shop
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    Nice write-up Lou. Skiing this week????
    Kaos----- Gone but not forgotten.

    2014 RTS in circuit yellow, farkeling addiction down to once every few months.ECU FLASH IS GREAT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew L View Post
    Nice write-up Lou. Skiing this week????
    Thanks Lew.

    My grandson is going to spend the weekend with us. Plus, my season pass has blackout dates this weekend.

    So to answer your question, no I'm not going skiing. I have a few Fridays off coming up, and will text you when I'll be going up to Rose.

    Dang, wish I was retired....
    2016 Toyota Sienna SE - hers
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    2018 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited - hers
    2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Low (Pearl White) - hers (getting it ready for sale)
    2011 Tao Tao 50 - whoevers bike is in the shop
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    Where do you get the time to work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airborne View Post
    Where do you get the time to work!
    I work Monday to Thursday. These mods were installed in the last 2 months or so during the weekends. They're really not THAT time-consuming, and I don't use any powered screwdrivers when taking off or placing back the tupperware. I find it very therapeutic to take each screw off each panel by hand and reinstalling them in its original hole. Call me "anal", but I'd rather be called "thorough" or "precise", LOL.
    Last edited by Peacekeeper6; 02-10-2020 at 12:37 AM. Reason: edit
    2016 Toyota Sienna SE - hers
    2002 BMW 325i - his
    1994 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 Sportside Z71 - whoevers vehicle is in the shop
    2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Low (Vivid Black) - his
    2018 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited - hers
    2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Low (Pearl White) - hers (getting it ready for sale)
    2011 Tao Tao 50 - whoevers bike is in the shop
    2007 Reinell 186 FNS - the dog's
    1995 Fleetwood Flair 27R - EVERYBODY'S !

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    Got it, nice to find another 'Airborne Warrior' on this site. Nice mods by the way.

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    Not sure how long it has been since you installed the foglights. The cap should be installed to prevent water and debris from entering the inside of the foglight housing. Once inside it is very difficult to clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PMK View Post
    Not sure how long it has been since you installed the foglights. The cap should be installed to prevent water and debris from entering the inside of the foglight housing. Once inside it is very difficult to clean.
    I just installed it last Saturday, 2 days ago.

    I don't really like to ride in the rain (I'm a fair weather rider with no real rain gear), so that's not a concern. I'll try my best to avoid any puddles or wet spots on the road.

    I did try to unhook the left fender to gain a bit more access, but I think my bumpskid was preventing it from moving. Because of this, I didn't bother to unhook the air intake. Like I said, when I decide to remove the frunk for the sway bar install is the time I'll try to reinstall that stupid cap.

    I should just run a few strips of duct tape across the opening in the meantime, lol.
    2016 Toyota Sienna SE - hers
    2002 BMW 325i - his
    1994 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 Sportside Z71 - whoevers vehicle is in the shop
    2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Low (Vivid Black) - his
    2018 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited - hers
    2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Low (Pearl White) - hers (getting it ready for sale)
    2011 Tao Tao 50 - whoevers bike is in the shop
    2007 Reinell 186 FNS - the dog's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Airborne View Post
    Got it, nice to find another 'Airborne Warrior' on this site. Nice mods by the way.
    Thanks !!

    HOOAH !!!!
    2016 Toyota Sienna SE - hers
    2002 BMW 325i - his
    1994 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 Sportside Z71 - whoevers vehicle is in the shop
    2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Low (Vivid Black) - his
    2018 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited - hers
    2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Low (Pearl White) - hers (getting it ready for sale)
    2011 Tao Tao 50 - whoevers bike is in the shop
    2007 Reinell 186 FNS - the dog's
    1995 Fleetwood Flair 27R - EVERYBODY'S !

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    10) Lidlox Helmet Lock (pair)

    Difficulty Level - 1

    Tips - Pretty straightforward install. My 4-year old grandson could've probably put this on for me.

    Notes: Looks to be a high-quality product. It's my first Lidlox, and I might buy one for my Harley. It's really nice not having to put our helmets in
    the compartments, although I worry about drunk people at rallies using our helmets as makeshift trash cans, LOL.
    Last edited by Peacekeeper6; 02-12-2020 at 02:33 PM. Reason: edit
    2016 Toyota Sienna SE - hers
    2002 BMW 325i - his
    1994 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 Sportside Z71 - whoevers vehicle is in the shop
    2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Low (Vivid Black) - his
    2018 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited - hers
    2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Low (Pearl White) - hers (getting it ready for sale)
    2011 Tao Tao 50 - whoevers bike is in the shop
    2007 Reinell 186 FNS - the dog's
    1995 Fleetwood Flair 27R - EVERYBODY'S !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peacekeeper6 View Post
    10) Lidlox Helmet Lock (pair)

    Difficulty Level - 1

    Tips - Pretty straightforward install. My 4-year old grandson could've probably put this on for me.

    Notes: Looks to be a high-quality product. It's my first Lidlox, and I might buy one for my Harley. It's really nice not having to put our helmets in
    the compartments, although I worry about drunk people at rallies using our helmets as makeshift trash cans, LOL.
    I would worry more about the drunk folks using the helmets as barf bags rather than trash cans.

    Dean Secord AKA seaweed
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    Hopnel 850 Saddlebag Liners, Hopnel 3 piece lid netset - trunk and saddlebags
    Magic Brake Strobe/Flasher, DIY LED light strips on upper and lower A frames
    BlueKnight911 Magic Mirrors, DIY superior grill, USB port, Hwy pegs,
    DIY Flag mounts for USA and US Air Force flags, Method to open Frunk and seat without using key,
    LED headlights and LED fog lights

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    Quote Originally Posted by seaweed View Post
    I would worry more about the drunk folks using the helmets as barf bags rather than trash cans.
    We were in Branson, Mo. last summer. Beautiful day, went into a restaurant to eat dinner. While in there, a thunder cloud full of rain passed over. Our helmets were FULL OF WATER. Since it was a very warm evening we just poured the water over our heads and put them on. Ya just gotta do what ya gotta do.
    2015 RTS SE6 Special Series Red/Black w/Magnesium color front fenders(bought in Nov. 2018 w/9,400 miles)(13,200@9/16/2019)
    All of the following items installed by me:
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    Baja Ron's Sway Bar, Baja Ron's Spring Adjusters
    Air Scoops, LaMonster's Hiway Pegs
    Magnetic Mirror Mounts, Air Innovations Seat Cushion
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    Kumho Ecsta AST KU25 All-Season Tire - 225/50R15 91H (9/14/19)
    Small LED bars above radiator inlets
    LED brake/running/turn signals on license plate frame
    Northern Tool Tag-Along trailer
    LED headlight bulbs, LED fog lights (WOW what a difference)
    2" x 2" Road Lights on inside front fenders
    7' x 10' enclosed Cargo trailer
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    Mine got used as trash can.
    4" Stubby antenna,Rivco Flag Holder,Third brake light & Run brake and turn,mirror blinkers, cup holder, BRP 25 inch vented windshield ,Spyderpops Bumpskid with inlaid led, w/remote,Spyclops light,Eagle etching on windshield w/light,ground effects,trunk light,volt,meter&dual usb,Ultma seat w/gas door,sway bar&links,1330&Spyder decals,JT dash mount.
    Led head and fog lights

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