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Concours 14 Discussion (C14 / ZG1400 / 1400GTR) => Accessories C14 => Topic started by: connie_rider on May 01, 2018, 02:33:51 pm

Title: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: connie_rider on May 01, 2018, 02:33:51 pm
I've always intended to install a radiator Guard on my C-14, but the price they want for something so simple, kept me from doing so.
Recently another COGger had the misfortune of a rock to his radiator.
      Results were not good.  :truce:

This got my attention, so {charge card in-hand} I decided to order.
While looking for the correct guard to order, I came across this and {being Frugal} I ordered one..
{It was $40 vs $75-$100}
    [yes, I know I'm a tight a__]

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Arashi-Radiator-Grille-Cover-Guard-Shield-Fit-07-16-KAWASAKI-GTR1400-Concours-14/202160637367?epid=10007590045&hash=item2f11b685b7:g:39cAAOSw4T5XHfrM&vxp=mtr (https://www.ebay.com/itm/Arashi-Radiator-Grille-Cover-Guard-Shield-Fit-07-16-KAWASAKI-GTR1400-Concours-14/202160637367?epid=10007590045&hash=item2f11b685b7:g:39cAAOSw4T5XHfrM&vxp=mtr)

It just arrived.
Not installed yet, but looks good.
  Not as tough looking as the more expensive, but has more mounting ear's than I saw on others.
  Also has  rubber stand-off's to hold the guard away from the radiator.
    So air flow and protection may be better..?

Posting it here for you other Tight A__'s to consider...

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: JDSCO on May 01, 2018, 03:34:54 pm
I purchased the Cox guard for $80 from RevZilla
Aluminum framework/screen are rigid, well built
It attaches with supplied nut/bolt on bottom and designed to attach via zip-tie on top 2x
It came with 8 self-adhesive foam pillows and those pillows degraded over time from heat
Stick-on's and heat never work for me
I used 1/4 rubber tube, 6 pcs 1" length with one length-wise slit so it fits nicely around the frame thickness and holds the guard 3mm off the radiator
I believe these foam pillows, rubber stand-offs are designed to keep the guard from contacting the aluminum radiator and not for airflow
They allow compliance when the guard meets a small rock or bug
Big bugs alone do significant damage to the fins over time, without a guard
I also have a front fender-extender
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: SATXRIDER on May 01, 2018, 04:52:35 pm
Ted

Let me know how the guard works out.  I know I paid more for the Cox guard but I also liked the fact it is made in the USA.  I try to buy US as much as possible even though it typically comes at a premium.

Steve
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: ron203 on May 02, 2018, 12:09:35 am
A couple of years ago, somebody made one out of gutter screen.
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: ghostrider990 on May 02, 2018, 12:51:31 am
I purchased the Cox guard for $80 from RevZilla
Aluminum framework/screen are rigid, well built
It attaches with supplied nut/bolt on bottom and designed to attach via zip-tie on top 2x
It came with 8 self-adhesive foam pillows and those pillows degraded over time from heat
Stick-on's and heat never work for me
I used 1/4 rubber tube, 6 pcs 1" length with one length-wise slit so it fits nicely around the frame thickness and holds the guard 3mm off the radiator
I believe these foam pillows, rubber stand-offs are designed to keep the guard from contacting the aluminum radiator and not for airflow
They allow compliance when the guard meets a small rock or bug
Big bugs alone do significant damage to the fins over time, without a guard
I also have a front fender-extender

THat tubing is a good idea.
The foam weather stripping that comes with the kits is kind of worthless.

I may do that next time I have the fairing off.   :beerchug:

gr
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: lather on May 02, 2018, 02:56:01 pm
A couple of years ago, somebody made one out of gutter screen.

My current C14 came with a cox. But on my first 08 I made the guard out of a $3 dollar gutter guard from home depot using instruction posted on one of the concours forum. The key too making it work was cutting the guard to the exact length needed for a perfect fit. Unfortunately I don't rember waht that was. :-[ I did that in the first year of ownership and it was effective for 100,000 plus miles. If I did it again I would simply coat the ends of the guard where it fits into the edge of the radiator with liquid tape to prevent possible metal to metal rubbing.
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: LES on May 20, 2018, 02:30:11 pm

  I like the looks of that radiator guard, but I think I'd cut the manufacturer's name out of the middle.  No sense blocking air flow in that area.
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: Rick on May 20, 2018, 03:01:01 pm
Just purchased a 2018 Concours after a three year diversion to a good wing. Was there a change in radiator?  Will any c14 radiator guard fit my bike?
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: connie_rider on May 20, 2018, 06:34:59 pm
My Frugal ($40) Radiator Guard came in recently.
Hope to install it tomorrow.
I was impressed by the looks. Will find out soon how it fits...

Les, I thought about removing the name, but the name can't be removed.
Not an airflow issue though. This thing will flow plenty of air as it has spacers that provide an air gap.

To the best of my knowledge, all C-14 radiators are the same.

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: LES on May 22, 2018, 12:32:35 am

  Let us know how it fits.  I'm in the process of buying a used C14 and I'm very interested in buying one of these.
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: Mark on May 22, 2018, 01:15:34 am
A couple of years ago, somebody made one out of gutter screen.

A little more than a couple of years ago...   I did the gutter screen thing on my '09 and it served it purpose (and looks fine IMHO) for the 75K miles put on it.  I then traded the '09 for a '13, where I transferred the same gutter screen to.   I now have 65 K on the '13 and no issues...
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: connie_rider on May 22, 2018, 02:31:35 pm
The guard itself is exactly the right size...
Had to bend the tabs a bit to use the radiator mounting bolts.
Took a bit to get those right, but fits fine after that.

Photo's to follow.

NOTE: I had the plastic off when I did the install.
          {If you use tie wraps instead of the bolts} it "might" be possible to do the install, with plastic on..

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: ron203 on May 28, 2018, 02:33:54 pm
(http://forum.cog-online.org/MGalleryItem.php?id=1957)
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: ron203 on May 28, 2018, 02:34:50 pm
(http://forum.cog-online.org/MGalleryItem.php?id=1958)
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: connie_rider on May 30, 2018, 04:25:31 pm
If anyone looks at the grill and happens to ask,, I'll just say that I think "Arashi" is a Japanese Race team.
 ie; "Arashi racing"

  {I never lie. I just stretch the truth occasionally}..    :32:

Ride safe, Ted

Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: ron203 on May 30, 2018, 06:11:27 pm
Just don't Google it...  :-X
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: AmphibSailor on May 30, 2018, 06:14:37 pm
If anyone looks at the grill and happens to ask,, I'll just say that I think "Arashi" is a Japanese Race team.
 ie; "Arashi racing"

  {I never lie. I just stretch the truth occasionally}..    :32:

Ride safe, Ted

It's Chinese manufactured....
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: connie_rider on May 30, 2018, 06:52:40 pm
I know that..   But don't tell anyone...
That's a secret that the Japanese Racing Team doesn't share with anyone..
            shhhhhhh    :67:

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: AmphibSailor on May 30, 2018, 07:05:13 pm
In Nihongo it roughly translates into 'violent storm.'
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: connie_rider on May 30, 2018, 07:12:21 pm
Yup, that's it;  "Violent Storm Racing"..

  Iiiii,, "LIKE IT"!!

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: ron203 on May 30, 2018, 07:16:59 pm
I found it to mean a Japanese boy band..... ;D
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: connie_rider on May 30, 2018, 07:21:27 pm
Your clearly looking at the wrong interpretation...   :nananana:

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: ron203 on May 30, 2018, 07:28:30 pm
Japanese bike....Japanese boy band....coincidence?  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: JDSCO on May 30, 2018, 11:40:34 pm
Ride safe, "Arashi"
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: Wolverine on May 31, 2018, 02:03:55 am

 :D :D :D :D :D :D


Just don't Google it...  :-X
Title: Re: Radiator Guard; Frugal COGger style
Post by: connie_rider on May 31, 2018, 12:40:02 pm
Ride safe, "Arashi"

I kinda like the sound of that.
Maybe I can start a movement by saying "Arashi"!!! to everyone at the National.... <evil plan>
   Maybe they'll pick it up, and everyone will go around saying "Arashi"!!!

Ride safe, Ted

PS: err,,, Back to the inexpensive Radiator Guard. Worked out pretty good.    "Arashi"!!!!