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post #1 of 10 Old 05-19-2012, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Ht engine guards

Question for everyone running the happy trails pd engine guards. Recently went for an offroad excursion. Slipped a couple times in the mud and dropped it at a stand still. No speed at all. Just a step off. After the second one I seen my engine guard was pushed in pretty good and the inner bar was really bent. Just wondering if this is normal. The engine guards did their job and protected everything. So are they concidered sacrificial or what? Maybe I just assumed that they would hold up to some light drops. Here's some photos.



I took it off last night and bent it back straight again but am pretty sure another job to the left will yield similar results. Any ideas?


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post #2 of 10 Old 05-19-2012, 10:22 AM
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I had the same experience when that same part on the right bent/shifted and wound up in contact with my voltage regulator when all my bike did was tip over in the driveway.

In my opinion, those two pieces and that clamp on the tube they attach to are the weak link in the HT guard system. Unfortunately, they're also crucial and they don't seem to do very well if the bike is moving forward or backward at the time it tips over. They just don't seem designed to handle that kind of stress without bending or shifting.

But, like mine, yours sustained damage with a simple, low-speed tip-over while the bike was not in motion.

My damage wasn't as bad as yours. I'm not a metallurgist, but I would assume that once it's been bent and you have to bend it back, it's not going to be as strong. I think I'd try to get them to replace it with a new bar if I were you.

I've got a friend with a welding shop and I thought about having him reinforce them with another layer of steel, but they just barely clear some components/wires as they are: I don't think you could even get them in there if they were thicker.

I make it no secret that I'm not a big fan of these bars. I will admit, they've probably saved my plastic on a couple of occasions, but I still think of all the available bars, these get the lowest rankings for design and construction due to their passing through in close proximity to some vital components. It seems like in some cases, they could actually do more harm than good although I've never heard of any.

Just my .02 and your tale seems to parallel my experience with these bars. I will keep using mine as I've already got them and can't really justify replacing them, but I've learned that whenever I tip my KLR over, the first thing I do is start scrutinizing the guards to make sure everything is as it should be.



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post #3 of 10 Old 05-19-2012, 10:23 AM
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I will be watching this. I just installed them on my bike aswell. I was hoping they could take more then 1 hit before they bent. At near 300 bucks a pop plastics are cheaper as a sacrificial part.



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I'd regard 'em as sacrificial.

HT provides price consideration for purchase of repair/replacement parts, if you can't restore servicability by bending 'em back yourself.
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-19-2012, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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My concern would be same thing happening but it bending the other way right through the radiator. Would make me a very unsatisfied customer.


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I have dropped my bike two times and have not had that big of a bend. One was a pretty good shot. I dont know how old your PD guards are but if they are older make sure you have the updated bar, its the one you bent. Its thicker see here

http://www.happy-trail.com/KLR650-08...placement.aspx
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I have dropped my bike two times and have not had that big of a bend. One was a pretty good shot. I dont know how old your PD guards are but if they are older make sure you have the updated bar, its the one you bent. Its thicker see here

http://www.happy-trail.com/KLR650-08...placement.aspx
That's a handy reference. Thanks. Looks like I've got the updated bar but this might be nice to know for someone who's had theirs for awhile.



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That is good to know. Mine are the new ones. But for 20$ plus shipping I might just get some new ones. Seems like a fair price to me.


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post #9 of 10 Old 05-22-2012, 02:33 PM
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Buying an extra set for 20 was on my short list. Once you start bending metal back and forth it starts to get weak.
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-22-2012, 02:40 PM
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HT engine guards......

Good AfternoonAll Wise and Balanced,

I have followed this and other posts about engine/crash bars. As I have said in all of the other posts that I have responded to. I have and thouroughly trust the SW Motech Bars. They may look like they would not work but from experiance both at speed and stopped, they have saved the plastics and the engine/bike very well. The design is not as "beefy" looking as the HT but they are strong.

Be safe, Snakeboy66

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