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post #1 of 11 Old 02-07-2013, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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I've mentioned before that I bought the D-Flex hand guards to fit on the Tusk protectors and found that they're brush guards, not wind guards. Some time later I found a piece of black plastic that was slightly curved and carved some protectors out of them to fill the gap in-board of the D-Flexs. Worked out pretty good, but my fingertips still got very cold - no protection underneath.......my bad.

Recently I was digging for something in my shop and came across a short piece of white PVC thin wall pipe, 4" diameter. Hmmm......??

I've used heat to bend plastic in the past, so got to experimenting.



Split it length-wise, clamped a side between 2 boards and stuck it in the oven. I think the boards protected it from the heat and prob'ly not enuf heat anyway, so back to drawing board.

(I'd best say now that I don't know what gasses or whatever PVC may put out when heated - may be toxic or flammable for all I know, so this is my caution to you to cover my butt. Don't try this at home)



Rounded up some scrap wood (lots of that around here) and made a little horse to support it on.



This time we went all scientifical on it and worked in increments - with lots of checking. It finally turned out that 275º for 15 minutes turned that PVC into something that handled like thick rubber. Then I clamped it again to hold the shape as it cooled.



Wall-lah......came out perty good, eh ?? OK, this was proof of concept, so went to buy a couple of feet of it......and can't do it. One single lumberyard in town has the right stuff (schedule 40 is too thick, heavy and stiff) but they won't cut it. $10 for 10 feet is certainly reasonable, but I'm a little mulish at times and dug in my heels.

OK, put it on back burner and fussed and fumed over it for a few days as I did other projects......then last night I looked at it and got to thinking. (yah, even me) Hmmm.......?? The upper portion is already taken care of by the original black additions, so maybe that piece will make 2 half portions. I split it length-wise and got after it with tin snips and hair dryer and came up with a really cobbled up mess......but it worked well on a test ride with no gloves. The wind was almost completely gone off my hands, so they work very well.



I won't go into a whole lot of detail, it just took quite a bit of fitting, trying, trimming, tearing hair out.......but it works.



I sprayed it with grey primer and it almost disappears. You really hafta look to see them. This certainly isn't the prettiest thing someone ever put on a KLR, but I'll keep my eyes open for a 2 ft chunk of thin wall (schedule 20 ??) 4" pipe and sooner or later build a nicer looking outfit.

.................Lar.
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When I first looked at the title of this thread I thought well ,um, errr .....,I don't want to tell you what I thought really.

On to the WIND guards you have fabbed. I like the idea of something like that being easily removed / added. I've found myself removing the stockers in the summer and putting them back on in the winter.

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When I first looked at the title of this thread I thought well ,um, errr .....,I don't want to tell you what I thought really.

On to the WIND guards you have fabbed. I like the idea of something like that being easily removed / added. I've found myself removing the stockers in the summer and putting them back on in the winter.
Haha.........I know of at least 2 definitions of windy in that context.

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So you tried a few different ways to get as much wind protection as the stockers? Why didn't you just cut a channel in the stockers and slide them on your brushgaurds?

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So you tried a few different ways to get as much wind protection as the stockers? Why didn't you just cut a channel in the stockers and slide them on your brushgaurds?
i tried to do this with the Moose racing guards it wouldnt even come close to fitting the original guards shape the stockers have a nice deep dish while the moose guards had a long oval shape not following each other at all

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So you tried a few different ways to get as much wind protection as the stockers? Why didn't you just cut a channel in the stockers and slide them on your brushgaurds?
My stockers don't provide the wind protection I would like in below 40º weather. My gloves are vented, so it gets cold! Luckily, not many cold days around here.

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So you tried a few different ways to get as much wind protection as the stockers? Why didn't you just cut a channel in the stockers and slide them on your brushgaurds?
No stockers on the bike. I kind of dug my heels in on this.......they want $40 some odd for 2 little plastic guards. I paid ~$25 for a complete front fender. They can stick their $40 wind guards...........! ! !

Plan A was to take the component as it came off the form and make one real wrap around wind deflector with it, and same on the other side. When I found out that 10 ft of that pipe would cost me $10, I shook my head. $10 isn't much but I don't want or need 8 ft of the pipe laying around in the way forever.

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P.S. Wait till you see my next invention. Would've finished it today but a blizzard kinda got in the way.
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