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post #1 of 27 Old 10-18-2006, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Radiator Guard

I would like some opinions on the best radiator guard to put on my new KLR.
I see dual stars guard is welded to a new motor mount plate. Advantage? Disadvantage?
What do you use and why?
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post #2 of 27 Old 10-18-2006, 09:32 PM
 
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I use the Happy Trail PD Nerf bar set because it is an Exoskeleton design and protects the tank and shrouds. I put the bike down on pavement and the set bent but protected the bike itself. I'm a newby off-road and my bike needs all the protection it can get from me.

The Inner style rad guards have gotten good review for protecting the radiator, it's a matter of style too.

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post #3 of 27 Old 10-18-2006, 10:54 PM
 
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I have the HT nerf bar set.They are well made, easy to install, & look great,they offer lots of protection.
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post #4 of 27 Old 10-19-2006, 11:27 AM
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Use the KLR650.com Tank Guard http://www.klr650.com/tank%20guards.htm since it is easier to install or remove (discovered this last weekend) and I like the finish better. HT uses a crinkle finish and .com uses a smooth finish that cleans up very well. This is just my opinion. All of them will do their job and I have tested mine (small time) as TW has tested his (big time).

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HT Nerf bars with engine guard. Tested & passed.

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Don't buy the cheap KLR650.com stuff. As stated above the HT stuff is da BOMB....

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post #7 of 27 Old 10-19-2006, 06:32 PM
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I have the HT rad guard and I like it - it is necessary protection and a decent price and good quality. I didn't get the NERF bars because basically I got the bike used and it had already been dropped - nothing worth saving cosmetically. My only complaint about installing the rad guard was putting the reservior side on - it was a BEAR to get the holes lined up!!! Otherwise it is good stuff.

You need something there - you need to protect the radiator, fan and reservior in case you drop it. Nerf bars look like they do the best job - total cage protection but the good ones are pricey. You can also get an aftermarket tank that will cover the stuff, or you can just go with the rad gaurd inside the plastic.
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post #8 of 27 Old 10-19-2006, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for all the response.
Is nobody using the Dual Star stuff?
They seem to look like the most well hidden, tucked in neatly behind the shroud.
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post #9 of 27 Old 10-19-2006, 11:14 PM
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Don't buy the cheap KLR650.com stuff. As stated above the HT stuff is da BOMB....

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Joe what is cheap about the .com stuff or better yet tank / radiator guard? if you are going to talk something down please be specific then we all can benefit from your experiences.

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Don't buy the cheap KLR650.com stuff. As stated above the HT stuff is da BOMB....

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Joe what is cheap about the .com stuff or better yet tank / radiator guard? if you are going to talk something down please be specific then we all can benefit from your experiences.
Well - basically it is a copy of the original HT design. i have seen posts about the welds not holding and made of cheaper materials.

I live here in Boise and have been to HT many times. Good old fashined American goods.

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