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post #1 of 12 Old 08-21-2019, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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Rear Master Cylinder Guard

I am hearing conflicting opinions on these. Some people say they are a waste of money? What do you think, and if you are for them Which one did you buy?
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-21-2019, 08:30 AM
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I have one. Iím sure it offers protection but I have to be honest in that one of the reasons I put it on was simply for the aesthetics. I havenít heard of anyone bashing up the master cylinder specifically in a fall.

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I don't bother with them; dubious increased protection. What I DO use and recommend (For Gen1's and Early Gen2's) is Eaglemike's billet master cylinder mount....the stock pot metal alloy ones are prone to breakage.

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They dont have those after 2011 apparently. My 2015 master Cylinder bracket is welded to the frame.
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They dont have those after 2011 apparently. My 2015 master Cylinder bracket is welded to the frame.
Yep.

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I actually decided to buy one, I went with the JNS Engineering one, very beefy and seems to have the most coverage.
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post #7 of 12 Old 08-21-2019, 01:21 PM
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JNS makes nice stuff. :-)

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I put one on my 2012 and glad I did. I was on a rocky road with deep ruts. I dumped it on one of those ruts and a rock hit the master cylinder. It put a good scrape in the guard. If it was not there, more than likely the cylinder would have been damaged. I also have one on the side stand switch. Just in case.
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-21-2019, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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nice! cheap protection!
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-21-2019, 08:10 PM
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I have had one on my 2003 for 13 years and the master cylinder is still functioning happily behind it.
I suspect I bought whatever was cheapest at the time. To me, it is inexpensive peace of mind though I have no idea if it actually provided protection as I always drop the KLR on the radiator side for some reason. (maybe 20 times over the years, always less than 20 MPH...) I also have whatever was the cheapest at the time radiator guard and the radiator and fan are both still functioning happily behind it at 62K miles...
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