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Offline EZ

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Radiator guard
« on: November 13, 2014, 05:54:58 pm »
Just bought a low mileage 09 and really want to do everything i can to protect on coming debris. Have the extended fender and oil filter cover from Murphs' and I am wondering just how good the radiator protector is. It is really close and if its aluminum how much protection does it really provide. All input/ideas greatly appreciated.
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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2014, 09:28:22 pm »
Just bought a low mileage 09 and really want to do everything i can to protect on coming debris. Have the extended fender and oil filter cover from Murphs' and I am wondering just how good the radiator protector is. It is really close and if its aluminum how much protection does it really provide. All input/ideas greatly appreciated.

In my opinion, anything that can possibly block a rock, bug etc from trying too puncture this radiator is well worth the try. Yes these guards are a close fit on the radiator, but I think they have to help. Im guessing that to buy a new radiator, it would be $700. So a $50 guard is certainly worth the try.
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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2014, 10:09:02 pm »
I got a green one from Cox.Already had a little ding in it dead center above the fender and that was within a month of owning it!!!! :beerchug:

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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2014, 02:48:24 am »
I agree that some is better than nothing but I am just having a hard time with mounting hardware, or lack of. Has to be a better way to secure. Just really hoping someone else had already figured it out.



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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2014, 04:03:25 am »
I bought this one from Premier Cycle Accessory and it works great, plus it is BLACK:)

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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2014, 11:51:02 am »
+1. Something is better than nothing. I have one as well.
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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2014, 01:19:39 pm »
I got the Projekt D guard, and having had a Cox on my ZX14, I can say without a doubt the Projekt D guard is better made.

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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2014, 03:52:04 pm »
I'm on my second ProjektD radiator guard, I can say through experience that they work well
Here is a photo of my first one which stopped some metal from going through the radiator.

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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2014, 05:11:32 pm »
Just ordered one of these babies from Premier Cycle today.

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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2014, 06:06:32 pm »
Well worth the $$.
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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2014, 05:39:45 am »
I found mine on Ebay for about $60 brand new. They come in black, and are really nice quality. Mine got a good scratch from a piece of debris less than a week after I put it on. They are sooo worth the money.
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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2014, 12:09:23 pm »
Thanks very much to all. So far its hard to not be impressed with this group of people and it is a fantastic source for information. Decided to order a guard from Projekt D and from what I have been reading the Canyon Cages will be next!! What kind of time do I need to set aside for install of cages??  Thanks again :great:
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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2014, 02:47:36 pm »
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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2014, 06:44:00 am »
I was just perusing ebay, under motorcycle parts then 1400gtr. There are several radiator guards for $43.   :beerchug:
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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2014, 09:11:15 pm »
This was LITERALLy one of the first mods i did to my new c14, along with Fender extender.

Given the size of the radiator and naked position directly behind the front wheel, both are cheap insurance.  :great:

Oh...got mine from Murph's.

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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2014, 10:36:21 pm »
This was LITERALLy one of the first mods i did to my new c14, along with Fender extender.

Given the size of the radiator and naked position directly behind the front wheel, both are cheap insurance.  :great:

Oh...got mine from Murph's.

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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2014, 03:07:38 am »
This was my first add-on as well.. it looks so cool I made it my Avatar.   :o
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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2014, 04:39:21 pm »
Okay I installed my new radiator guard and now I hear a buzzing sound at about 80 MPH. I suspect that the noise is coming from the new guard somehow. Has this been experienced by anyone else and if so what did you do to fix it. I am thinking of making some kind of dampener from maybe rubber tubing to place over the vertical edges of the guard but am not sure what kind of material to use that won't try and melt from the heat of the radiator or if that would even happen. Any thoughts??

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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2014, 05:03:28 pm »
Okay I installed my new radiator guard and now I hear a buzzing sound at about 80 MPH..... Any thoughts??

Yep,  dont do 80!

On a  more serious note,  perhaps it could be your tires making that noise and the sound is resonating up around your triple tree.
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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2014, 06:53:50 pm »
I thought that there might be another source as well but removed the guard to check and the sound vanished. And 80 is the going speed limit here in So. Cal. just watch any CHP on the freeway, 80 minimum. so the sound is in the guard or how it is mounted.

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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2014, 09:43:13 pm »
How involved is it to install the guard? Do the body panels need to come of or can it be slide in place?

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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2014, 03:32:43 am »
How involved is it to install the guard? Do the body panels need to come of or can it be slide in place?

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Most of the guards are a slip in fit. You only remove the one lower bolt, install the guard and reinstall and tighten the lower bolt. Super easy!
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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2014, 04:00:16 am »
I hope to hear some input on two questions here:

Is a fender extender not enough? I'm afraid to block ANY airflow to the radiator - even a little. If any of you have experienced dings on your rad guard or rad with a fender extender I'll order a rad guard tomorrow. Been fine so far.

Does the Murph oil filter cover not trap heat in the filter? I asked Murph at the national and he didn't have an answer. He seemed interested in the quetion, such a nice guy. I liked the idea but maybe some fins or perforated? My mind is stuck in SCCA stuff and oil cooling but maybe I need to remember I'm not racing this bike.

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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #23 on: November 28, 2014, 04:19:32 am »
Fais,
I am sure there is a slight loss of airflow due to the rad guard being installed. There are a couple people here that have had to replace rads due to rock/road debris damage. The rads are way more money than a guard and a fender extended combined. I have had one on my bike for a year now. I have done hot days in the summer as well as wringing her out on the track with no ill effects from the guard, my temp gauge stays where it always has. I will not chance it running without one now. I don't want to buy a radiator because of something so simple to avoid. I also have a fender extender but have not installed it yet.
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Re: Radiator guard
« Reply #24 on: November 28, 2014, 05:54:13 am »
Thanks. This bike keeps getting better and better. Multiple laps tracking the bike with a rad guard on and the temp stays normal? Impressive.

Great info - I'm sold.

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Any thoughts out there about the oil filter guard? Could it be more like a skid plate\heat shield instead of a sleeve? Is it fine the way it is?

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