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post #1 of 8 Old 11-06-2012, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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Handguards & vibration

Do all handguards require removing the bar end weights?

Has anyone who uses handguards that require bar end weight removal found more vibration?

Does anyone make a handguard that is compatible with the stock hand fairings?
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-06-2012, 07:59 AM
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You will find that the vibes will become less with the bark buster type guards due to the fact they tie in more of the handle bar system and help stop the resonating action of the bars. You can use your barend weights with all barkbusters, you will just need to find a longer bolt to hold the bar end weights on with that's all.

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-06-2012, 09:19 AM
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also i put a thick rubber washer between bar weight and guards wich work well for me .

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Do the Barkbuster guards fit properly without wasting a good riding day getting them installed?
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Do the Barkbuster guards fit properly without wasting a good riding day getting them installed?

Installing handguards requires adjusting the controls to fit or bending the guards to fit. Plus they need to be positioned not to smack the fairing too hard. So yea it will take some time.

The OEM bars have locating holes for nubs on the switch housings. I have aftermarket bars so I ground off the nubs. The controls will stay in position (without the nubs) and it made it much easier to install the guards.

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post #6 of 8 Old 11-10-2012, 11:08 AM
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Talking Bark Buster Storm hand guards

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Do the Barkbuster guards fit properly without wasting a good riding day getting them installed?
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I am currently selling a pair of Bark Buster Storm hand guards on this Forum in the classified section. It takes me exactly 5 to 10 minutes to remove the stock bar ends and install the Bark Busters on my stock OEM handlebars and levers.
"So easy a child can do it!"
No fiddling required. I have a 2012 KLR.
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I bought a pair of slightly damaged barkbusters off of Fleabay for my daughter's china bike for the back fields....not saying your's are bent in any way, just that it took some serious heat and force to bend them back to a position I could use them.
As for fitting the guards....it is just a matter of positioning them correctly in relationship with the rest of your other controls etc. It really isn't difficult....if you have all the stock controls. It gets much more difficult after you start adding more controls and reducing the areas available to mount the bars. I've spent a few good hours trying to get a set fitted after modifying controls etc....
But I'm a perfectionist at times...lol.

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I bought a pair of slightly damaged barkbusters off of Fleabay for my daughter's china bike for the back fields....not saying your's are bent in any way, just that it took some serious heat and force to bend them back to a position I could use them.

My Bark Buster hand guards were bought new, and my bike has all of the stock items on the stock handlebars, and the hand guards went on within a few minutes following the printed instructions. The Storm hand guards I am selling are still like new and not bent or damaged. So I'm sure they will mount with no problems unless you have altered your bars and added a bunch of accessories.
Mine are not eBay, badly used, and put away wet, field tested by crashing, bent Bark Buster Storm hand guards!
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