Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Chilliwack, BC, Canada
You are lucky that you got the earlier style Motech, IME. The later one clamps around the lower frame tube with a "connecting rod cap" type connection. This makes the clamp protrude at least 1/2" below the frame tube which is really nice because there is the choice between cutting a section out of the engine crash plate and having the clamp as a 1/2" "catch point" for anything you slide over, or shimming the plate down at the back and reducing ground clearance.
The guards I've installed are really well finished and look stronger than many others but the fit....?
Just a heads up although I understand both types are discontinued.
I'm sure that you've considered but what about using a come-along to pull the rack into position? If memory serves, those racks are too strong to use the tip of an alignment bar placed through the rack hole and into the frame hole.
Don't know what bending facilities you have but an exhaust shop or electrical contractor may be able to help by bending the front back while holding upward on a padded pipe placed over the offending tube. Some wood screws and a couple of 4x4's should also get it done.
Wish you were closer.