SW-Motech crash guards install
Hey, I just installed these on my 15' and just wanted to give some input on how it went. First, I would recommend getting a 8mm hex bit to be used with a socket for the subframe bolts. The plastics were pretty easy to get off as was the skidplate. Watch out on the seat as there are two washers that may or may not fall when unbolting. The gas tank has to be propped up to gain access to the frame bolts. Remember to disconnect your fuel line and catch the gas that is going to spill everywhere when the hose drops.
Ok, now ya gotta unbolt the tank after the tank plastics. I will warn you, the right one kinda went in almost stripped from the factory and will be tough to unscrew as the threads show the wear. This is also evident as the right tank mount hole doesn't line up perfectly with the frame. Don't panic, later on when you button everything back up, I used a rubber mallet to tap on the tank mounting tab, pushing it forward for the screw to align and all was good. I used a ball of bubble wrap to prop the tank.
Now onto the front engine bolts. Expect these to move and not align once you pull the bolts out. My bottom one of the two was off. I wasn't able to tap the new bolts in but was able to use a socket and they screwed through the misalignment just fine.
The subframe bolts are going to take a little pressure to break loose. You will hear a horrific "snap" as they loosen and then they come out like butter, almost too loose. I did the left side first, and neither subframe moved a bit.
Pay attention to the order of the washers and spacers, and put blue loctite on everything. As for the rubber stickers that go onto the bars that mount to the lower frame, I didn't worry about shaving the little extra amount that may have stuck past flush. They bolted up fine.
So to sum up, it was about 3 hours and that included going to buy a 8mm hex. The bars are super high quality and look great. You may notice the left bars are closer to the fairing than the right, however, that side fairing sticks out an inch or so more due to the radiator. Just be careful of that gas tank bolt or you will strip it. Also be careful of the bottom front engine mount or you will damage the threads of the new bolt. Again I started with the left subframe bolt and was careful not to move the bike. You don't want those holes to move.