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post #1 of 6 Old 02-20-2014, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Just got done ordering my happy trails crash guards engine guard and skid plate. Went ahead and got the package deal and am so excited. It's only been five minutes since ordering but I wish it was here now lol:a nimal0012:
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-21-2014, 02:44 AM
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Unless they've made improvements to their instructions since I put mine on a few years back, installation can be a tad confusing with the possibility of doing harm to the innards of the bike, especially the voltage regulator, if installed incorrectly. Be very careful with the install as the clearances in there are very tight.

Here's a video you might want to watch while you're awaiting the arrival of your kit so you have a little heads-up on what's in the kit and how the bars interface with the bike. I didn't watch the whole thing again and can't vouch for its worth, but it will at least give you an idea what you're going to be dealing with.


Also, for what it's worth, if you're a regular adjuster of the doohickey as you should be, it's very difficult to get a socket/extension past the skid plate to fit on the adjustment bolt head. The HT skid plate has no accomodation for this like some other skid plates do. It can be done, but you really can't get a true "feel" for the torque you're putting on the bolt.

To alleviate this issue, I ground a kind of notch out of the skid plate in that area. The metal is soft and you can use a drill with a grinding wheel if that's all you've got. You might want to consider it. It's easier than taking the whole skid plate off. Hit it with some Flat Black paint when you're done and it will look like it came that way.

The only other tip I have is, when changing oil, stuff some small pieces of paper towel between the skid plate and the bottom of the engine around the hole in the skid plate that's provided for access to the oil drain plug. This will keep the oil from getting on top of the skid plate when the flow of used oil tapers off and runs across the bottom of the engine case.

Good luck with your installation of the kit!



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post #3 of 6 Old 02-25-2014, 12:21 AM
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or as in my case with a little tweak to subframe stuff just get a big hammer and smash stuff till it fits....

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or as in my case with a little tweak to subframe stuff just get a big hammer and smash stuff till it fits....
That's what I do when I tip it over and the bars inevitably bend too close to stuff on the bike. To my credit, I do use a large, heavy plastic deadblow hammer. It works wonders.



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post #5 of 6 Old 02-25-2014, 10:17 AM
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Happy Trails ADDED a Doohickey shaped Access hole to their Newer/Taller powder coated skid plates.
They Also, Have a 'Cut-Down' version to clear SW Motec brand guards.

And Yes, getting the front bracketry Properly Positioned, is cause for triple Reading and Viewing of instructions!

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Happy Trails ADDED a Doohickey shaped Access hole to their Newer/Taller powder coated skid plates.
They Also, Have a 'Cut-Down' version to clear SW Motec brand guards.
Ah, I didn't know they had changed them. They done good, then.



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