[QUOTE=StevieS;563418]I've had the T-Rex Engine bars on for a couple weeks now and have put a few miles on the bike with them on. Here are my thoughts and observations.
First they came packed very well, each bar was wrapped in protective foam wrapping and zip tied to hold it in place. The finish and welds all looked to be of high quality workmanship. The black powder coating was also high quality. The install was fairly easy and took between 2 1/2 and 3 hours to complete. The hardware was all grade 8 bolts with aluminum spacer which were also powder coated. The only hiccup in the install was the need to drill out 2 of the 3 front mounting bolt (front engine mount) holes a little bigger to get everything lined up properly. Also the provided bolts that join the 2 lower side bars together in front of the bike had very large heads and washers that looked like they would easily get snagged on things so I replaced them with bolts with smaller heads for a lower profile. The lower bars attach to the frame in front of the foot pegs so I feel no extra vibrations through the pegs like others have mentioned with bars that mount to the foot pegs. The 4 aluminum "slider" plates are removable/replaceable in the event of a lay down and cost a fraction of the cost to replace the whole bars. Hopefully I'll never have to test that theory.
All In all I'm very pleased with the fit and Finish plus the over all looks of the T-Rex bars. At this time I'll give them 9 out of 10 stars and after my first time I need to use them I'll reevaluate my opinion.
Thanks for sharing this review as I am in the process of doing research as to all the crash bar options that are available for my '11 KLR.
I do have a couple of questions that you may be able to answer for me.
The first is that you mention the option of being able to replace the aluminum sliders if need be in the unfortunate event of taking a spill. I have not been able to successfully locate those aluminum sliders as being offered for purchase on the T-Rex website have you?
Also the one engine front mounting bolt hole that had to be drilled out larger by you.
Do you think that this is to be expected for all installs regardless or is it just isolated to your experience and do you feel that in doing so the integrity of the mounting point has been damaged in any way?
Thanks for your help with this, I appreciate it.