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post #1 of 12 Old 06-12-2013, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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SW-Motech Crashbars Pros/Cons Install tips?

Yup, lookin at some crashbars. I like the Motech bars and am considering picking up a pair. I am curious about the install process, I've read about some guys wedging a 2x4 under the tank and having to support the sub frame etc.

The online instructions are a lil vague, what's the easiest way to go about instillation? Tools, 2x4's, is it sufficient to have the bike on its center stand, do I need an extra set of hands, etc? How long should it take to do properly?

Any inputs good,

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-12-2013, 03:35 PM
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Make sure you have the proper length bolts since you have the center stand. The 'bars also attach to the foot peg holes just like the center stand and you may need longer bolts than the ones that come with kit. Also, check bolts for tightness after intall periodically as people have mentioned they like to wiggle loose and / or break threads (has not happened to mine in 4k miles). The install takes 1-3 hours and can be done by one person and simple tools. The new crash bars come with rubber mounts so there is no vibration.
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-12-2013, 04:31 PM
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I have motech crash bars, center stand and a Ricochet skid plate that I won't put on until next weekend. I can update you when I get everything installed.
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I just installed GIVI bars, and found that I had to use my bike jack, and needed a second pair of hands. The hands of my 11 year old daughter were sufficient. :-)

It helped to read all the scant instructions first, and visualize what I was doing before I began.

Issues encountered:
I had to remove the skid plate, and putting it back on with the new mounting kit took some wiggling. I still have the plastic OEM plate. Not sure an aluminum one would have gone back on.

The crashbars attach on the rear to the bolts connecting the front part of the frame to the rear part. As soon as the bolt is removed, I lost alignment of the hole. Hence the requirement to jack it up.

There is (on the GIVI) a connection piece with dampening o rings that connects the front of the crashbars left and right. Easy to insert, extra hands required to keep it in place while aligning everything.

The through bolts that hold the brackets for the skid plate are nut and bolt, requiring extra pair of hands on other side to hold the second wrench you will need.

This is all on the GIVI. Perhaps you will find something useful that applies to the SW Motech.

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Yup, lookin at some crashbars. I like the Motech bars and am considering picking up a pair. I am curious about the install process, I've read about some guys wedging a 2x4 under the tank and having to support the sub frame etc.

The online instructions are a lil vague, what's the easiest way to go about instillation? Tools, 2x4's, is it sufficient to have the bike on its center stand, do I need an extra set of hands, etc? How long should it take to do properly?

Any inputs good,

Thanks
One of the members on this site has a link in his sig that goes to his KLR record of mods - and on that page is a link that really helped me when I installed my SW Motechs.

Here's the direct link to the Motechs install info:


http://www.powers31.info/SW%20Motech...1%20KLR650.pdf

Happy reading!

Edit: The above referenced member is Larry31

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post #6 of 12 Old 06-12-2013, 10:23 PM
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Good info!
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I installed my bars to my "new to me" 2009 this past winter with no problems at all. the above link is very helpful. JUst take your time and you'll be fine. The most important thing is to only work on one of the bike at a time--in other words--do not take out both sub-frame bolts at the same time. Post some pic when you're done!

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The only hard part should be trying not to get frustrated. Mine were kind of a bitch (much thanks to B4), but it's not "hard" it can just be...frustrating.




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Tip: When you put the subframe bolt in, use a flashlight to get a good view of the hole alignment, and use a larger flat blade screwdriver to move the frame so as to match up the holes so you can put bolt in without forcing it.

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Here is an excellent install that a customer put together for the '08- SW-MOTECH crashbars.:

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/news-...rash-bars.html

This is for the non-vibration damped version of the bars. The install is almost identical. The only difference is you have to put the little rubber grommets and the metal inserts in the larger holes on the front side of the bars.

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