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post #1 of 7 Old 01-16-2010, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Crash Bars

Buying some next week.

Looking at SW Motech...They look solid. 2 Things: I've heard they mount to the footpeg, which is apparently a weak spot on the klr. Second, I've heard when you slide forward in the seat, you bang your knees on the bars.

I also looked at the PD Nerf Bars at Happy Trails...These look solid as well, but are heavy and expensive.

Dual Star is the other one (I think that was the name) I was looking at...these look just ok...heard there is some modification required to install correctly, and the customer service is terrible.

Any experience with any of these?

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I've got the motech and have experienced no issues. I ride a little farther back that most probably, but you'd have to have pretty long legs for it to be an issue I think.

I did a write up about it:

http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=6378

Vibration was my biggest concern, but no issues. I put decent bolts in the footpegs a while before. Loctite for everything.




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Of the three you picked, I think you've already made your mind.. And I know I couldn't agree more..

SWMototech stuff that I've owned and used as always been top quality, and worked perfectly.
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I also looked at the PD Nerf Bars at Happy Trails...These look solid as well, but are heavy and expensive.

Any experience with any of these?
Don't think the weight is an issue between any nerfs available; as to "expensive," a combo, skid plate/nerfs/engine-guard-cum-highway-pegs is a "Best Buy!"

HT PD nerfs WORK; protecting plastic, radiator, and tank . . . do not ask me how I know this!

Also, customer service is EXCELLENT.

YMMV; buy the bars you like best!

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Oh, installations tip: Installing HT nerfs on a pre-'08, insert the upper LEFT nerf bolt from the RIGHT side of the frame; then, only removal of one 10 mm nut is necessary to swing the nerf out for radiator cap access.
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Buy the product that protects the plastics and fuel tank. If you have to replace any of these items it will add to the cost of the guards.

The weak spot is not the pegs or the bolts though the metal and nuts the bolts fasten to. The metal is soft. Biggest concern is adding leverage to the bolt. If you are a big guy and stand a lot...well...

Also I tried to fit SW Motechs on my '05 and they did not fit. I tried another pair in the shop and they did not fit. I would have to modifiy the mounting bracket to make up teh 3/4" difference. If you read the history of SW Motech you will find some of them shear with a VERY CLEAN break. After seeing how I could have bent and stressed the bars to make them fit made me think of why the other bars broke. High stress and vibration equaled a shear very clean break at the edge of of a bracket weld. But this is my opinion.

I am a fan of SW Motech though not the guards for the KLR. If they fit correctly in the beginning ther would not be a problem.

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I just installed the HT nerfs with the skid plate. I like em so far. Havent tested them so cant speak for that, however they seem like a pretty good product.
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Don't think the weight is an issue between any nerfs available; as to "expensive," a combo, skid plate/nerfs/engine-guard-cum-highway-pegs is a "Best Buy!"

HT PD nerfs WORK; protecting plastic, radiator, and tank . . . do not ask me how I know this!

Also, customer service is EXCELLENT.

YMMV; buy the bars you like best!

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Couldn't agree more! I am EXTREMELY pleased with my HT Nerfs, skid plate, and engine guard. Easy to install, great protection and as stated their customer service is top notch!

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