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WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« on: August 23, 2011, 02:17:48 am »
WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL

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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2011, 02:31:33 am »
I installed this, similar to projektd guard, a few minutes to install, arrived quickly.  Nice quality, powder coat black looks good on black bike.

http://www.pca-one.com/productDetail.asp?productID=3280&RetURL=search&search=bike&bikeType=&bikeMake=Kawasaki&bikeModel=Concours%2014%20ABS&bikeYear=2011

Originally ordered a very nice Cox guard, for $30 less, but returned it as installation was far more difficult, or frustrating.  I chose to pay more to do less, much, much more quickly.
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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2011, 02:47:27 am »
I bought the one from PCA also.  Easy enough to install but I do wish there was something included that would insure the guard does not rub or touch the radiator.   Like some sort of rubber feet or pads.   

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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2011, 03:25:44 am »
I do wish there was something included that would insure the guard does not rub or touch the radiator.   Like some sort of rubber feet or pads.   

Tex- I thought about that as well, but it is an easy solution, IMO. If I become concerned, I'll just insert some some valve cover gasket material or something similar between shield and radiator.  You could probably dab some Permatex on corners and sides, let dry, and install. A quick trip to auto parts store and a couple bucks, plenty O'solutions.  Or a quick scan of coffee cans on the shop or garage shelves.  Or the ubiquitous kitchen junk drawer.

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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2011, 07:35:59 am »
I don't know about the 2011. But the older C14's had a few choices. I used the COX protector. I haven't heard of any problems using them. And they worked very well.

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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2011, 11:31:43 am »
I have the ProjektD one...works great
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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2011, 01:56:45 pm »
Check out the projekt d. Great fit and look. You can also have concours14 or gtr1400 stamped in the bottom, looks cool.
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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2011, 07:00:35 pm »
I picked up a used (never installed) Cox radiator guard (ironically from someone in the SW region), and installed it in under a minute.  A year later, when I was changing the air filter, I added a zip tie to the top (never bothered before).  Still there, still works great.
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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2011, 07:15:30 pm »
I picked up a used (never installed) Cox radiator guard (ironically from someone in the SW region), and installed it in under a minute.  A year later, when I was changing the air filter, I added a zip tie to the top (never bothered before).  Still there, still works great.

Now, why didn't I think of that.....skip the instructions and just mount the darn thing with the bottom bolt.  That saves a ton of time! Nice.

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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2011, 09:51:02 pm »
I do wish there was something included that would insure the guard does not rub or touch the radiator.   Like some sort of rubber feet or pads.   

Tex- I thought about that as well, but it is an easy solution, IMO. If I become concerned, I'll just insert some some valve cover gasket material or something similar between shield and radiator.  You could probably dab some Permatex on corners and sides, let dry, and install. A quick trip to auto parts store and a couple bucks, plenty O'solutions.  Or a quick scan of coffee cans on the shop or garage shelves.  Or the ubiquitous kitchen junk drawer.

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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2011, 04:10:23 am »
I have the ProjektD one...works great


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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2011, 07:30:30 pm »
I was surprised by how many dings and dents I have on the unprotected radiator after only 3300 miles.  A guard looks like a great idea.  Will a fender extender help as well, or is that mostly for rain protection?  Get both?
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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2011, 09:35:03 pm »
  Yea get both !!! i've got tonz of milage and the radiator finz still look factory

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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2011, 05:45:36 am »
at the risk of sounding blasphemous, i recommend the home depot radiator guard.  galvanized gutter covers cut in two pieces, then snaps right into place.  60k miles and no issues.  $3 and change in iirc. 
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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2011, 06:25:43 am »
Mine came from Beowulf Performance Products. A doddle to fit, and probably nigh on identical to the ProjektD.

I inserted some small pieces of foam in the corners between the rad and the guard because I'd heard of some issue of them rubbing. It's been all good for two years.
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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2011, 02:06:21 am »
at the risk of sounding blasphemous, i recommend the home depot radiator guard.  galvanized gutter covers cut in two pieces, then snaps right into place.  60k miles and no issues.  $3 and change in iirc.

I like the sound of this.  Do you have any pics and perhaps more detailed installation instructions?

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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2012, 06:59:59 pm »
I did the Home Depot/Lowe's gutter guard thing. It works great! Spray painted it with black plasti-coat and then cut to fit. Made one for my son's FZ8 at the same time. Two guards for less than $18.

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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2012, 07:38:48 pm »
I did the Home Depot/Lowe's gutter guard thing. It works great! Spray painted it with black plasti-coat and then cut to fit. Made one for my son's FZ8 at the same time. Two guards for less than $18.

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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2012, 08:29:31 pm »
i bought one from PCA. I thought it was going to be an easy install, but i was wrong. I had a difficult time getting the tabs on the top of the guard to stay hooked on the radiator's top lip when i tightened the bolt at the bottom. Each time i thought it was secure, one side or the other would pop off the radiator lip when i tightened the bolt. I think i have it on securely now, but sill worry it will pop off at the top if i hit a bump.
I considered the ProjectD until i saw the shipping charges.... and i didn't want to buy one that was secured with zip ties, although i may wind up using a couple of ties anyway.

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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2012, 10:45:36 pm »
It took me a total of 5 minutes to put the ProjekD radiator guard on. And it can be done with the cowling on, so was super easy since mine are mostly off.

Its VERY well made, with rubber running the full way around the inside, and it has clips on top which slip over the lip of the radiator at the top, and then you just use the bottom bolt.

Easy, looks great, fits perfectly.
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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2012, 10:50:20 pm »
It took me a total of 5 minutes to put the ProjekD radiator guard on. And it can be done with the cowling on, so was super easy since mine are mostly off.

Its VERY well made, with rubber running the full way around the inside, and it has clips on top which slip over the lip of the radiator at the top, and then you just use the bottom bolt.

Easy, looks great, fits perfectly.

And it's black! Looks much better IMO, the added protection is just a plus...  :great:
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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2012, 11:47:28 pm »
I installed a Cox this winter.  They include several pieces of adhesive-backed foam to install around the perimeter and hold the guard away from the radiator.  The fit is good, price was right, easy to mount.  I was having a tough time getting the tie wraps installed on the top until I realized you can access that area from the side "louvre" area.

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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2012, 11:59:02 pm »
Home Depot/Lowe's radiator guard.

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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2012, 12:51:50 am »
That looks awesome, thanks for the picture, now I can see what you were explaining. I will have to stop at Home Depot on the way to pick up the New Bike.

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Re: WHICH RADIATOR GUARD IS THE BEST FOR CONCOURS 14 2011 MODEL
« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2012, 01:26:44 am »
It took me a total of 5 minutes to put the ProjekD radiator guard on. And it can be done with the cowling on, so was super easy since mine are mostly off.

Its VERY well made, with rubber running the full way around the inside, and it has clips on top which slip over the lip of the radiator at the top, and then you just use the bottom bolt.

Easy, looks great, fits perfectly.

And it's black! Looks much better IMO, the added protection is just a plus...  :great:

And lets not forget the bling... the lazer etched ZG1400 lettering on the bottom tag.
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