It’s always a good day when you come home from work and see a package from D9 Bonneville Brackets waiting for you on the porch! I had ordered a lay flat ignition relocation bracket in black, and 2 black instrument cups from D9 Bonneville Brackets several weeks ago. I had also already turned the Triumph stock headlight ears upside down, which lowered the headlamp in inch or so. The installation went very well. It is much easier on a VDO Bonneville than on the older Pre-VDO models like my 2008 Bonneville Black. One reason is that you don’t have to deal with the mechanical speedometer cable since the VDO models are all electrical instruments.

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The new lay flat ignition relocation bracket and instrument cups unpacked. Man, Seth does nice work!

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Sorry for the blurred image… you can see the gap between the lowered headlight and the instrument cups is about 2.5″

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Here’s a side view of the gap distance before the installation of the new bracket.

I started the installation process by loosening my headlight brackets, and removing the stock black plastic instrument cups from the back of the speedometer and tachometer.

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Removed black plastic instrument cups

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Next I loosened the 4 bolts holding the stock bracket to the top triple tree.

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With the bracket now loose, I could inclip the 2 instrument wiring connectors and remove the instruments and bracket from the Thruxton.

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Here’s a side by side comparison of the stock and new bracket.

With the bracket removed, I next needed to remove the ignition switch from its stock mount on the stock headlight bracket. In my case it was on the right because I had already flipped the brackets. Normally, the ignition is on the left.

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Removing the ignition switch from the stock headlight bracket.

The kit included new black mounting hardware and washers.

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Mounting the new D9 Bonneville Bracket with the ignition switch mounted on it, to the top of the triple tree.

Once the bracket was mounted, I inserted the rubber instrument rings and then the instruments and instrument cups, loose fitting them for final visual fit and alignment.

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Final loose fit to make sure everything was aligned properly.

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Again, sorry for the blurred image, but you can tell the gap is now less than an inch!

Once everything was fitting properly, I tightened everything down to complete the installation.

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This view shows the massive difference in look with the lowered flat relation instrument bracket installed. A MUCH improved look!

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Front view with new bracket installed.

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Left side view with new bracket installed

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You can see now how well the instruments are tucked down below the handlebars – and yet still very easy to read.