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post #1 of 13 Old 12-03-2011, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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I'm sure you guys have seen some pics of guys making rock guards out of paint strainers for their Gen 1 headlights. I picked 1 up today to see if it was long enough to cover our Gen 2 headlights and it is. I didn't really look at it too long (cold out) to try and figure out how to mount it up once I cut it.

Anyone else here pondered this and came up with any idears? Thanks!

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This is an interesting idea. Here's a short video I found for a Gen1 installation. I had never heard of this before.

How strong are these paint strainers? The one this guy is using looks pretty sparse and is so close to the glass of the headlight I don't see it withstanding much of a blow from a rock without cracking the headlight, but I may be wrong. It seems like it should be out from the light about an inch or so, not right next to it. Also seems like you'd want to come up with some kind of "quick-release" option so it would be easier to clean bugs and stuff off the headlight plastic? Just a thought.

I'll be watching to see how you work this out on your GenII. Good project you've got going.





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Yep thats it. Ideally since it's flexible you'd want it out a little bit. But you never know, it could stop that 1 rock that is going to pop the lens just right and crack it. One of these warmer days I'll cut it up and check it out and see if there's an easy to mount/dismount it. I'm pretty sure I'm going to put these on my other bikes though, for protection and cool looks.

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Yep thats it. Ideally since it's flexible you'd want it out a little bit. But you never know, it could stop that 1 rock that is going to pop the lens just right and crack it. One of these warmer days I'll cut it up and check it out and see if there's an easy to mount/dismount it. I'm pretty sure I'm going to put these on my other bikes though, for protection and cool looks.
Indeed, it could very well save your headlight. It's a good idea. If I were going to do it I'd maybe look into some kind of black nylon nuts and washers and maybe some kind of hinge system to "open" it?



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I have a couple of the metal headlight grilles that you used to be able to buy in our headlight size. I actually ended up removing them because it was a bit of a hassle trying to clean the headlight.

I ended up making a guard out of plastic that is attached with 3M Dual Lock.

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Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I just can't see a need for a headlight guard. The lens is plastic, and pretty tough plastic at that. I can't see any reasonable impact breaking them, unlike the glass lenses on the earlier bikes, and most other dual sports for that matter. In all the modern headlights I've seen broken, it was mounting tabs that gave way long before the lens did.
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My bad. I thought it was a discussion of Gen 1 when I saw the video.

Comment still applies about trying to clean behind it unless some quick release method can be incorporated.

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Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I just can't see a need for a headlight guard. The lens is plastic, and pretty tough plastic at that. I can't see any reasonable impact breaking them, unlike the glass lenses on the earlier bikes, and most other dual sports for that matter. In all the modern headlights I've seen broken, it was mounting tabs that gave way long before the lens did.
I don't agree with that.

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I don't agree with that.
Based on what? I have several sets of broken headlight and foglight assemblies for various vehicles, that I have personally broken, yet I've never cracked, much less broken a polycarbonate lens, they've always broken at the mounting tabs. When I search for broken and cracked next gen KLR assemblies I find only first gen lenses and people selling protectors.

Let me add, that if you have one with just a cracked lens, I'd probably be interested in buying it. I'm wanting to do a bixenon projector retrofit, but don't want to cut up a perfectly good headlight assembly; swapping the front lens is an easy job.

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