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post #1 of 8 Old 02-05-2013, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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SW-Motech Crash Bar Improvements Before Install

Hello everyone,

I just purchased a new 2012 KLR. I have ordered a JNS skid plate and radiator guard. I also ordered the new SW-Motech crash bars with the vibration dampening. I plan on section riding some of the Trans American Trail over the next few years. I will use the bike mainly on dirt, gravel, and fire trails around Memphis, TN. I cannot say that I won't ever try to single track the bike if I see a good trail.

Now, for the question. When my new crash bars arrive, would it be a good idea to take them to a good welding shop and have gussets installed prior to mounting them on the bike? Or, is this just overkill? I am the kind of person that always wants to do it right the first time.

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-05-2013, 11:33 AM
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They seem to be as triangulated as they can be without building a cage around the bike. The weakest link is the loops that come up both sides of the tank. In the event the bike tips WAY over, those take a lot of load for only having two points of contact with the rest of the assembly.
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I have the Motec bars on and have dropped it several times, they worked a treat, you would have to drop your bike pretty hard and / or regularly for the bars to fail IMHO.

Also they are powder coated and to do any welding you would really want to have them burnt off, blasted and then recoated post modifications to look any good.
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Mine broke off at the weld while moving forward, not just a "tip over." It doesn't take much velocity for the stored kinetic energy of a 450lb bike to tear mild steel. The same way a car is totaled when it hits a tree at ten miles per hour.

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post #5 of 8 Old 02-07-2013, 12:10 AM
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Hey Yo there,

I installed the SW Motech crash bars the minute I got my bike. They have saved the sides multiple times, once on Lombard St. (curvy road) and 3-4 times on the dirt. They are strong and good looking. PNWcrazymike is probably correct. Right situation they could "tear" off, but so far very good.

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i just rewelded a pair for my riding partner but his took many falls before the welds cracked . he rides rain or snow and lots of dirt ..

his right side main hoop weld cracked around outside of the hoop .. ground out the crack and filled it in and widened the weld coverage and no more issues since .

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post #7 of 8 Old 02-07-2013, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Great feedback guys. I received the bars today. Looks like it is time to get her on the lift and get those babies on there!
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-08-2013, 12:52 AM
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This reminds me that I need to post my (practically new) Happy Trails Dakar nerf bars and engine guard for sale. I've installed an IMS 10 gallon tank that these aren't supposed to work with.
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