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Offline Aneura

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Which radiator guard?
« on: May 12, 2013, 07:11:39 pm »
Hello! I've read a lot of the various threads and it seems like the Cox Racing one is pretty common, but I'd like to get the current opinion (Better to ask first than to be sorry later).  Im sure this is a pretty elementary question, I appreciate the input. :-)
The one's I have narrowed it down to are:

Cox Racing
RadGuard
Projekt

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Re: Which radiator guard?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2013, 07:32:27 pm »
projekt D shipping cost is $27. I would only order theirs if I wanted something else that could be bundled with it to make the shipping a little easier to take. Although I do like the powder coated black with Concours14 logo.

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Re: Which radiator guard?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2013, 07:36:58 pm »
This is the one I purchased, easy install comes from Ohio - Premier Cycle Accessories      

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Get the ultimate protection for your radiator with our new radiator guard. Protects the radiator from stones and other debris picked up from the road surface that would otherwise cause serious damage or puncture the radiator. With the cost of replacing your radiator between $900 and $1,000 (including labor) there is no doubt this is a must have item. The radiator guard is made completely from aluminum and the screen is the thickest, strongest and has the best air flow of any radiator guard on the market today. The guard is completely powder coated black to match the engine area.

Installation time is less then 10 minutes and you only have to remove one bolt. The top of the guard hooks over the top of the radiator and is bolted at the bottom to an existing bolt.

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Re: Which radiator guard?
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2013, 08:30:52 pm »
I put the Cox radiator guard on my 09 when the bike was new. There have been no issues.
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Re: Which radiator guard?
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2013, 08:56:02 pm »
I have the ProjektD one.  :great:
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Re: Which radiator guard?
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2013, 11:38:01 pm »
+1

I think the projektd is the best one out there.
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Re: Which radiator guard?
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2013, 02:37:48 am »
I purchased the Premier Cycle Accessories version and ordered a cool baseball hat so I could hit the free shipping price point.  So it was like I got the hat for free.  The black powder coated finish is nice and it was easy to install.  I have had it on the bike just a couple of weeks and everything seems solid with no vibrations or rattles.  I don't expect a part like this to develop any problems later.

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Re: Which radiator guard?
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2013, 02:46:42 pm »
I have the ProjektD one.  :great:

Having had a Cox on my ZX14 and now a ProjektD on my C14, I can say the projektD is easier to put on, and made better. And both of them work just fine.
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Re: Which radiator guard?
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2013, 10:25:33 pm »
I just put a Cox on my 2012.   I purchased the unit direct from Andrew Cox because the ones offered from Tucker Rocky that the dealers carry were black and I wanted a silver unit.  Cox told me that they have tried to get the installation time down to 10 minutes and that's what I believe that they advertise.  As I discussed the installation with Cox I told him I was from NY and asked him if we was familiar with the term "a New York Minute" and we both just laughed.  Remember those west coast guys are a little more laid back than us NY'ers and 10 minutes on the clock might be significantly more if your sucking down some beers or smoking a joint.-lol

The biggest PIA installing the Cox unit is that they give you 14 Foam Spacers that have an adhesive on the back that is covered with tape to space the guard out from the radiator.  The problem began when I thought that the tape was the actual adhesive and assumed it was a 2 ply tape.  I was trying to separate the outer layer from the inner layer of tape.  Well there is no inner layer.  The adhesive is on the foam itself and the tape is single ply.  After I got over that hurdle the rest of the installation was pretty easy.

The one thing about the Cox Guard is that I believe it could be about a half inch wider.

I think that quite a while ago Fred Harmon published some pictures on install of the older type of units.  I actually rec'd the latest design which is held in place by 2 ty raps in the top corners and the Radiator mounting bolt at the bottom.

Truth be told if I studied the installation a little closer I probably could have accomplished the install in the 10 minutes that they state in their ad.

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Re: Which radiator guard?
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2013, 11:53:48 pm »
Awesome, thanks for all the tips and advise!
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Re: Which radiator guard?
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2013, 02:40:22 am »
What Happened To Th Guy Who Made His Own Radiator Guard From Home Depot mesh

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Re: Which radiator guard?
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2013, 02:54:15 pm »
Bought a ProjektD for my 2012 a year ago. A little more money than Cox but it looks good.

The Home Depot option may be great for an older bike........
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Re: Which radiator guard?
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2013, 02:17:24 am »
I made my own guard with a scrap piece of .035 stainless. Wrote a quick program for the Amada turret at work and then formed up the side on a Salvagnini P4 panel bender. Made one with .125" spacing and then another with .0625" to allow a little more flow. It attaches at the top with 2 zip ties and rests on the bottom of the fairing. It only touches the radiator at the top.

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Re: Which radiator guard?
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2013, 03:48:30 am »
I made my own guard with a scrap piece of .035 stainless. Wrote a quick program for the Amada turret at work and then formed up the side on a Salvagnini P4 panel bender. Made one with .125" spacing and then another with .0625" to allow a little more flow. It attaches at the top with 2 zip ties and rests on the bottom of the fairing. It only touches the radiator at the top.

Nice!  :great:
What are you going to do with the other guard? Want to sell it?

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Re: Which radiator guard?
« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2013, 09:26:17 pm »
Thanks for the suggestions! 

ProjektD installed  :)



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