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Old 12-03-2012, 07:14 AM   #1
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Hepco Becker Tank Protector Bars

Wow those H&B Upper Tank Bars are bitch to put on. Can't wait until I have to remove the plastic again for something. Not gonna be fun. They should have made the uppers three pieces like the lowers or just wide enough to get the plastic off.

Thanks all for all the info here. Lots of stuff to read about how to install them and what a bitch they are if you have to work on the bike. But I had to have them. I figure being new to dirt and having such a big bike to learn on they will pay themselves in the first few drops.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:35 AM   #2
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Did you buy them before or after you read all the threads? (or did you already have the engine bars?)
I was considering them, but after reading all the threads on installation woes and stretching them out to access the side panels, I've pretty much decided against them.

I hate having to screw around with stuff that should be designed properly from the get go! With all the discussion about the pros and cons of the various brands, you'd think one of them would modify a design that actually worked well in every respect... access to valve covers, acces to tank side covers, decent mounting points, minimal additional width, decent build quality... I mean, how hard can it be! It's not like there's no shortage of consumer/market research information available to them!

Enjoy the bars, and don't use them too much!

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Old 12-03-2012, 07:41 AM   #3
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I bought them knowing full well what I was getting into. But of course I threw in a bit of denial too.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:19 PM   #4
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I installed them a few weeks ago and this is what I have learned so far:

They are nice but yes they should have been modular.

When you need to get to the plastics, unbolt the two under beak mounts and loosen the clamps on the engine guard and just rotate them down.

If you have aftermarket fogs, you will need to leave an extra 12" or so of harness, just run a length of it back over itself before you zip tie it up there all pretty-like. This will allow you to rotate the tank bars down enough without the fog light wiring binding up so you can remove the plastics. Then when you are done just zip tie them back up like when you installed your fogs.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:05 PM   #5
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:24 PM   #6
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I installed them a few weeks ago and this is what I have learned so far:

They are nice but yes they should have been modular.

When you need to get to the plastics, unbolt the two under beak mounts and loosen the clamps on the engine guard and just rotate them down.

If you have aftermarket fogs, you will need to leave an extra 12" or so of harness, just run a length of it back over itself before you zip tie it up there all pretty-like. This will allow you to rotate the tank bars down enough without the fog light wiring binding up so you can remove the plastics. Then when you are done just zip tie them back up like when you installed your fogs.
Good advice. I did the opposite to put on the plastic. PIA.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:30 PM   #7
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I figure being new to dirt and having such a big bike to learn on they will pay themselves in the first few drops.
Not so!
The tank don't touch down in a drop, unless onto a well placed large rock. Those bars are just extra weight up high, making a drop more likely.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:33 PM   #8
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Not so!
The tank don't touch down in a drop, unless onto a well placed large rock. Those bars are just extra weight, up high
You haven't seen how dangerous I am.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:51 PM   #9
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I don't recall these being difficult to install nor do they restrict access to anything that I need to service - not sure why you would have difficulty installing them. Besides accomodating my night lights, they do protect the upper part of the bike. On a stop tip over (not uncommon off road), the GS will roll further than the lowers - this has happened to me. I like these and they work well for me.


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Old 12-03-2012, 03:20 PM   #10
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Not so!
The tank don't touch down in a drop, unless onto a well placed large rock....
I beg to differ. DAMHIK.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:48 PM   #11
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...I like these and they work well for me.
I like everything about this picture!

I've had some scratches on the tank as a result of a stop-n-drop. Combined with the lighting options the tank bars provide, I'd say they are well worth it. I've been looking for a pair for a month now.
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