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Canyon cage install
« on: July 17, 2017, 02:58:38 pm »
Hi all,

I just wanted to share my experience installing Canyon cages on my 2013 C14. I have read just about all the threads here pertaining to Canyon cage installations, so in return, I decided to contribute my own experiences installing them.

I finally decided to purchase my cages after dropping my Connie for the *second* time. Stupid, I know, but better late than never, right? After replacing my damaged and cracked right lower and middle cowlings, I started on the cage install. Lesson learned: always make sure your kick stand is up. (That's another story altogether)

I'm happy to report that my install was 100% incident free and straight forward. The rears guards went on easy. I installed the rear foot pegs, even though I never ride with a passenger. No issues whatsoever with hardware or fit/finish.

The fronts guards also went on without issue. I used my long handled 3/8" ratchet with a 12" extension to remove the factory 10mm bolts. I used a baby bottle brush along with some Brakleen to clean up the threads. I ran the MCE bolts all the way in by hand before installing the cages. No issues with cross threading or galling. I installed all fasteners with Locktite Blue as per the instructions. The long middle bolt came out with little trouble. I didn't observe any shifting of the engine with any of the mounts.

Here are some tips that I'd like to pass on to others who are contemplating this install.

Read up on the forum as well as the MCE instructions to educate yourself prior to starting. Knowledge is power. Many here have shared tips and tricks that may help your install as well. Do yourself a favor and read all of them. I'm glad I did.

Place bike on center stand.

Take your time. Don't force anything. Make everything up loosely until all the pieces are installed.

A 16mm GearWrench or similar is a must for the front guards. Buy one prior to starting the install if you don't already have one. Makes your life MUCH easier when you reach that step in the install.

Have a 10mmx1.25 tap and die nut on standby in case the mount threads go south on you. The hardware MCE sent with the cages did NOT have plating on them as reported by some members here. Take your time on cleaning the threads spotless prior to installing the new fasteners. Run the new fasteners in by hand and make sure they go in smoothly. To me, this is one of the most critical steps in the install to prevent headaches later. If in doubt, chase the threads prior to assembly.

The long middle bolt installed like others that I've seen posted here. The nut on the left side WILL have unused threads. (Roughly three or four showing) Apparently this is normal, and you should not try to make it any better. It makes me wonder, though, why MCE didn't make the machined spacer a tad shorter to allow the nut to thread on further.

The torque specs for the 10mm bolts are 44 ft/lbs.

Props to MCE for making a well designed, good fitting product. The Canyon cages are beefy, and are well matched to the lines of the Connie. Thanks to members here who have shared their experiences so that others may learn from them. I hope that this post helps someone who is on the fence about purchasing these guards. Don't wait like I did and buy them after you have already damaged your ride. Canyon Cages are good protection for our plastic laden bikes.
Steve

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Re: Canyon cage install
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 08:23:54 pm »
Always good to see successful stuff going on.


I've had mine on since it had only a few miles on it.  And its going on 3 years.  I just now cut the side covers so that I can get them off now with the cages on.  I Had my local dealer install the cages.


I have a KN filter coming since I had it all disassembled for cleaning, I figured I might as well make the cuts now.  Maybe if I bring it to the dealer naked, they will give me a break on the cost of the valve check.


Also, I know they used RED loctite on mine as I can see a couple of drips.  I Told them to only install it with a thread lock they can get undone because they will be the ones doing the valve check.  If that requires removing the guards of course...

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Re: Canyon cage install
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2017, 09:16:47 pm »
Nice! I would also suggest cutting the one section on the fairings now that you have it mounted. Makes air filter/coolant and other maintenance easier although I believe for valves you would need to remove the front cages completely.

Here's a thread and pic on what section to cut...
http://forum.cog-online.org/concours-14-zg1400-general-chat-and-tech/cutting-fairings-for-canyon-cages/msg497516/#msg497516
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Re: Canyon cage install
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2017, 09:18:27 pm »
Nice! I would also suggest cutting the one section on the fairings now that you have it mounted. Makes air filter/coolant and other maintenance easier although I believe for valves you would need to remove the front cages completely.

Here's a thread and pic on what section to cut...
http://forum.cog-online.org/concours-14-zg1400-general-chat-and-tech/cutting-fairings-for-canyon-cages/msg497516/#msg497516



Thats the reference I used for my cuts.  The cut I made was an inch and theres a photo in my last thread here.

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Re: Canyon cage install
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2017, 12:31:10 pm »
 Where was this post a week ago when I installed my cages?

Seriously everything went pretty smooth except there seems to be confusion out there on the torque specs.  The 10 mm bolts are indeed 44 ft lbs, this I confirmed with somebody at MCE.  You see a lot of posts stating 18 ft lbs, but they are referring to the 8 mm bolts on the top part of the same bracket which has nothing to do with the install.  The toughest part of the job was wrenching on the 16mm nuts on the cross braces with a combo wrench.  Next time I WILL have a ratcheting wrench with a flex angle.  Haven't decided whether to cut the fairings or not, will probably leave them as is and just deal with removing the cages.
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Re: Canyon cage install
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2017, 01:21:01 pm »
You'll cut them.  Its nearly impossible to do maintenance with the side covers in place or dangling.  The cuts are invisible when installed and dont affect the covers appearance or function. 

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Re: Canyon cage install
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2017, 01:54:14 pm »
I forgot to mention that I *did* make the cut for the Cages, but only on the right side fairing.  ::)(I already had them off since I was replacing the middle and lower pieces) The cut is really easy to do, and is basically invisible once everything goes back together. I'll probably get to the left side next time I need to go in there. I used a Dremel with a cut off wheel to do mine.

I also forgot to mention that it's a good practice to tape up any painted areas anywhere near to where you'll be installing the cages. It's really easy to chip/ding the paint on the fairing while installing the cages even if you're careful. I used painters/masking tape. Cheap insurance.

I'm going to ride the rest of this week, and double check the torque on Friday. I may look into getting some highway pegs, we'll see.
Again, I hope this thread helps someone. Don't be like me and wait until after you dropped your bike to get the cages! I got mine from Amazon with free shipping to Hawaii!

Steve

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Re: Canyon cage install
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2017, 02:42:31 pm »
Probably will cut them at some point, but I figured I would have to remove the cages anyway to check the valves. Or can you remove the valve cover with the cages still on?
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Re: Canyon cage install
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2017, 02:55:41 pm »
I'm not sure.  But it does not look like they are in the way.  Im sure someone knows.

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Re: Canyon cage install
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2017, 12:53:54 am »
Probably will cut them at some point, but I figured I would have to remove the cages anyway to check the valves. Or can you remove the valve cover with the cages still on?

The valve cover can easily be removed with the cages in place. No problem !
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