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post #1 of 16 Old 05-30-2013, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Un-even Crash Bars

After reading many reviews and comments on this forum I went ahead and ordered a set of SW Motech crash bars for my '11 KLR. I got them mounted today and I'm impressed with the fit and finish, not to mention the rock solid feel of them. Good Deal ! ! !

There is one wee oddity with them, however and I wonder if others have seen this...(BTW, I got those horns sorted out, finally and they really blast)......



The left bar hugs close to the fairing and is just 5/8" inches away and it's very un-obrusive. Great..........now look at the right bar - it sits 1 3/4" away and the difference is clearly noticeable.

I made sure to point the bike directly into the sun for even lighting.

Has anyone else seen this ??

Thanks..................Lar.
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-31-2013, 12:08 AM
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I have the same thing. I'll take a tape measure to it tomorrow and see if its the same as yours.
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Mine are even, about 5/8" each side. There was someone a while ago with the same issue and it turned out it was mixed up spacers if I remember correctly.
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Mine are even, about 5/8" each side. There was someone a while ago with the same issue and it turned out it was mixed up spacers if I remember correctly.
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I hear ya but it'd be pretty hard to mix those up. Two long ones behind tank, 4 short ones at front engine mount.

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I had the same exact issue on my new 2012, there are 4 small spacers with the kit, install them on the left side at the front mounting points, 2 on the top bolt & 2 on the bottom bolt, this brought mine out to the same on both sides. Let me know if you would like pictures posted.
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I had the same exact issue on my new 2012, there are 4 small spacers with the kit, install them on the left side at the front mounting points, 2 on the top bolt & 2 on the bottom bolt, this brought mine out to the same on both sides. Let me know if you would like pictures posted.
Thanks, but I'm familiar with it. On the front mount there's a spacer - about 5mm or 6mm on each bolt on each side. Four total. Each has a washer above it as well. Where the upper rear mount bolts on there's a spacer of what ??.......about 20mm or so on each side to fill the space where the allen bolt came out of ?? - where the front and rear frames join.

Has anyone else had problems with the foot peg bolts stripping out in the sheet metal on the frame ?? I drilled and tapped a 10mm on the left side when installing the center stand. Stripped one on the right side installing the crash bars. and will drill and tap that one to 10mm tomorrow.

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Mine are uneven, but not as extreme as that. Drop the bike on the wide side.




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Mine are uneven, but not as extreme as that. Drop the bike on the wide side.
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Yeah, just drop it a couple of times, like many of us have, and you'll never again wonder about them being even (or not).

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Maybe we could start a pol.....
How many of you out there want biglar to push his bike over onto the side which has the crashbar sticking out too far, to even it up?
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Maybe we could start a pol.....
How many of you out there want biglar to push his bike over onto the side which has the crashbar sticking out too far, to even it up?
jj
I think you bad boys are picking on me, just to hear the noise of a crashing KLR.

Actually, what I did today was pull that fairing, park the bike about 6 ft away from the back of my 4Runner and used 2 tie down straps from the bike to the trailer hitch. Then I stuck an 8 ft 2x4 edgeways in that crash bar and lifted hard. Several times - I'm impressed by the strength of it. The bars are now even within 1/4".
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