|01-17-2010, 04:10 AM||#1|
Big red dog
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
F800GS RadGuard install (w/pics)
I picked up my 800GS on Saturday, and it's pretty obvious that even if you were never to leave the tar, the radiator on this bike is vulnerable and the plastic OEM guard isn't very effective (like most).
I've done a quick search, and there doesn't seem to be much mention on here of the Australian-made RadGuard radiator protector for the F800GS. IMHO, it's a more elegant product than the Touratech and Wunderlich offerings and, here at least, it's cheaper (albeit very slightly). I think it ought to offer a lot more air flow (important for Oz's hot climate) but it will offer less protection against flung mud caking things up.
It's a one beer job to fit and you only need two tools (that's the OEM Torx tool, I haven't bought any proper ones yet):
Here's what comes in the box - guard, instructions, beer cooler, stickers, advertising. Yes, they've stuck the sticker on upside down:
It consists of quite thick, welded aluminium framing surrounding extruded aluminium mesh. It also comes in black, if you want a stealthier look:
The back has a foam gasket to stop any rubbing or vibration against the radiator housing:
The frame is quite thick. RadGuard claim it's thick enough to protect the radiator core against crushing in a drop. I'm not sure about that:
Here it is, vs the OEM plastic one:
So, on with the install. First you have to remove the OEM guard, by undoing two bolts on the top (L side pictured). Then it just lifts out:
Next, you have to loosen the black plastic fairing surrounding the radiator. Firstly by removing the central bolt at the bottom (which has a nut on the back - the only one in this job that does):
...and then by undoing two bolts each side (L side pictured):
Now, suck your teeth a bit, because you have to (gently) distort the fairing enough to slide the new guard in behind. You don't want to tug it too hard, but nor do you want the new guard grinding the radiator fins on the way past:
Adjust the position of the guard so it aligns properly and the fairing should snap back into place:
Now, put the bolts back in, in the same order you removed them (not the conventional opposite). So, you start with the two top bolts that you took off to remove the OEM guard. When I got to the central fairing bolt, bit of a problem - the new guard is distorting the fairing, and it doesn't align properly:
You can see the problem here. The two welded lugs on the bottom stand proud of the frame, and are conflicting with the fairing:
Still, it's pretty flexible, that BMW plastic! I clenched my teeth and pushed it all into alignment, which seems to be OK:
All the other bolts went back just fine. Here it is fitted:
I like the silver look on the white, but I'd go for black on any of the other colours. So, a new option if you've not heard of it before.
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|01-17-2010, 08:57 PM||#2|
Joined: Dec 2007
Location: Carson CA.
Thanks for the great write-up and pics. I hadn't heard of that brand but I do like it better than the others I've seen.
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