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post #1 of 35 Old 06-25-2010, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Mounting crash bars

Im embarassed to say the swmotech crashbars i tried to mount were not cooperative at all. Specifically where they mount into the subframe

Now the left side crashbar is vibrating like crazeee!

I cant tighten it anymore!.... HELP!

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post #2 of 35 Old 06-25-2010, 03:28 AM
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OH NO! Now I'm scared, I want to order these and get them on before my first big trip out!
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post #3 of 35 Old 06-25-2010, 06:25 AM
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Did you get them from Twisted Throttle?? If so, give them a call and see if there's any recommendation to be made due to the vibration...

Of course it's a harmonics issue, and I'm sure you're having this issue at certain RPM speeds.. Since there's no chance of being able to travel at different speeds, the trick will be to change the range of vibration on the part, rather than the bike..

caliente cali, kick around the Givi guards.. They say they're made for the Gen 2 bikes, and Sporttour.com has them for $10 less than the SW.. I know nothing about these guards, but Givi stuff is (as well as SWMoto) usually well tested and good quality..

Wonder why they wouldn't fit Gen 1?
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Post up a picture and maybe we can figure out the fitment issue and get you a fix. Maybe you need a washer or shorter bolt?

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post #5 of 35 Old 06-25-2010, 12:59 PM
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Yeah, something is wrong man. I don't even notice vibration from my crashbars. I would look into it some more. When I did mine with Mark, we initially mounted one side wrong. I've heard of some people having trouble getting them on, but not getting them on and then having crazy vibes. Check everything. Are the right and left side equidistance from the plastic?




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caliente cali, kick around the Givi guards.. They say they're made for the Gen 2 bikes, and Sporttour.com has them for $10 less than the SW.. I know nothing about these guards, but Givi stuff is (as well as SWMoto) usually well tested and good quality..
Woot, another great url to add to my arsenal! Do the Givi guards protect the faring as well or just protect the engine? Looking at the pics between the two they seem a bit sorter. But I guess I should ask if the SWMoto's even protect the faring if dropped or are they also focused on the engine?
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I'm not much help with either.. Although, I've emailed the guy at sporttour and he replied really quickly!!
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post #8 of 35 Old 06-30-2010, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Vibrating crashbars!

Just bought n installed SWMotech crashbars. My left side is vibrating like crazeee!

I had a heck of a time installing them with my buddy (hes a mechanic im not)

Left side is vibrating right at the subframe contact point. i tightened it pretty tight for the second time and those of you who did this without taking the tank off must be miracle workers!

Any ideas how to stop the vibration?

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post #9 of 35 Old 06-30-2010, 10:00 AM
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This is interesting. There seem to be several recent reports similar to yours - difficulty with mounting and vibration.

I've always wondered about the cantilevered design. It seems, from an engineering standpoint, prone to vibration. Those reports, though not frequent, go back quite a ways.

The difficult installation is not so prevalent. It makes me wonder if SWMotech changed their tooling or their vendor.

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More info please! I'm in the Market right now.

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