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Offline SmokinRZ

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Radiator Guards
« on: November 30, 2019, 09:29:34 am »
Has anyone used the cheap radiator guards on Ebay?  There seems to two different China brands.   
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Re: Radiator Guards
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2019, 04:09:51 pm »
I have the Arashi one on my bike.
Been on the bake about 3 years. No problems.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Arashi-Radiator-Grille-Guard-Cover-Protector-Fit-KAWASAKI-Concours-14-GTR1400/401466144824?epid=10007590045&hash=item5d793f3838:g:39cAAOSw4T5XHfrM

Came shipped flat and I had to form the radius.
   (easily formed it over the OD of a tire)
Also had to tweak the mounts a bit to get them to line up exactly.
I suspect neither was more effort than you need to do on the more expensive brands....

I like the fact that it has little plastic standoffs to keep it away from the radiator.

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Re: Radiator Guards
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2019, 01:31:32 pm »
Awesome, thank you for the reply.  I like the little plastic standoffs also. 
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Re: Radiator Guards
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2019, 03:02:13 pm »
Awesome, thank you for the reply.  I like the little plastic standoffs also.

Doesn't quite make up for that huge logo, though :)
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Re: Radiator Guards
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2019, 07:41:13 pm »
Doesn't quite make up for that huge logo, though :)

oh man, snip-snip with some diagonal wire cutters, and that logo would be gone..   ::) :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :_shudder_Emoticon :doh: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

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Re: Radiator Guards
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2019, 06:48:05 am »
Here's a U.K alternative..............  I don't know where you are based

https://beowulfuk.com/product/radiator-guard-gtr1400-07-onwards-highly-polished-mirror-finish/
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Re: Radiator Guards
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2020, 09:17:54 am »
ALSO YOU CAN INSTALL THE “MURPHS” FENDER EXTENSION FOR THE REAR OF THE FRONT FENDER WHICH HELPS GREATLY TO PREVENT ROCKS AND DEBRIS FROM BEING THROWN INTO THE RADIATOR.  I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY KAWASAKI MADE THE FRONT FENDER SO SHORT ON THE REAR, JUST MY OPINION.

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Re: Radiator Guards
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2020, 06:39:19 pm »
I been running the extend-ah, since '07 on my C14, and have them on my C10 also....
not saying anything bad about an additional screen, over the rad, but so far I been good... now with the bike I own, being soooooo old, if I do Hole a radiator, I'll snatch one off e-bay, or fix it myself, and apply the big 5 gallon bucket paint roller screens I bought from home depot, project, to the protection thing.. but I'm lazy..those silly roller screens cost me $5 each, and I have 2 in case I screw up.... ;D ;D

you cn figure out how to fab them up,

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Re: Radiator Guards
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2020, 04:20:14 pm »
Yes, you can install a fender Extender.

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Re: Radiator Guards
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2020, 04:26:23 pm »
I been running the extend-ah, since '07 on my C14, and have them on my C10 also....
not saying anything bad about an additional screen, over the rad, but so far I been good... now with the bike I own, being soooooo old, if I do Hole a radiator, I'll snatch one off e-bay, or fix it myself, and apply the big 5 gallon bucket paint roller screens I bought from home depot, project, to the protection thing.. but I'm lazy..those silly roller screens cost me $5 each, and I have 2 in case I screw up.... ;D ;D

MOB, I thought the same about not having a Radiator screen, {ie; So far / so good}.
  I saw a Buddy hole his rad by a rock thrown up by another bikes tire.
  Luckily I had a trailer and he only had to set by the road for about an hour.
  {and} I then hauled his bike home and he rode mine...

Bottom line; The bit of protection offered from any Rad Screen, beats setting on the side of the road in the boonies, and/or having to pay to get the bike hauled or fixed.

Ride safe, Ted

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Re: Radiator Guards
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2020, 04:48:15 pm »
My replacement 08 came with a Cox. But for my original 08 I made a radiator guard out of a $6 piece of gutter guard from Home depot, cut to length per isnstructions posted on the first generation of this forum.
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Re: Radiator Guards
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2020, 06:08:36 pm »
MOB, I thought the same about not having a Radiator screen, {ie; So far / so good}.
  I saw a Buddy hole his rad by a rock thrown up by another bikes tire.
  Luckily I had a trailer and he only had to set by the road for about an hour.
  {and} I then hauled his bike home and he rode mine...

Bottom line; The bit of protection offered from any Rad Screen, beats setting on the side of the road in the boonies, and/or having to pay to get the bike hauled or fixed.

Ride safe, Ted

I hear ya man, and agree...
but then I always carry my old stand by, Mr. J.B. at all times... two fresh tubes, and 2 "epoxy mix-sticks" of JB Weld, can fix anything...almost... but a radiator, for sure.. to get home.
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Re: Radiator Guards
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2020, 03:50:45 am »
I've used JB Weld on a friends bmw radiator where the fan decided it did not want to be part of the bike anymore.  Works great and always carry those tubes but I think I would rather not have it happen in the front of the rad to begin with.  I had the front fender extender, the rad shield, and the shield for the oil filter.  Never can be too sure.
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Re: Radiator Guards
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2020, 05:44:16 am »
I used [original] JB weld to fix two fairing mounts that broke.  First time I had used it before.  It seemed to work and is still holding.  I was impressed.
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