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Old 01-21-2015, 12:48 AM   #1
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My DIY F7 radiator guard farkle (a little long...)

So, kept looking around at all the fancy, and pricey, radiator guards for my F7. The least expensive one that looked decent was the R&G:
http://www.twistedthrottle.com/r-g-r...00st-all-years

Which is where I got the idea for this. It took a while to find the material, and finally did, some M-D Building Materials "small hole" aluminum mesh sheeting, in black. Sold in 36" x 36" sheets. Couldn't seem to order it from Home Depot so got it from Amazon for about $35. If any inmates are around Vancouver, I have plenty left over if you're interested - PM me.

http://www.amazon.com/M-D-Building-P...+aluminum+mesh

At first I thought about cutting it to fit the Givi crash bar, which would allow me to get behind the guard to wash off the radiator, and be easy to zip tie around the bars. But when I fit it up, I could see that quite a bit of the radiator would be exposed on the sides.

So back to the drawing board, and dremel, and measuring. I ended up having to measure twice, and cut twice, with the 2nd sheet working quite well, slotting in between the radiator and each vertical support / return flow parts. I removed too much material on the first one, hence the second cut.
Then zip tied it to the radiator where I could find the spots.

I've also included a picture of where I installed my stebel nautilus horn.

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Old 01-21-2015, 12:52 AM   #2
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Nice job I will do the same
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Old 01-21-2015, 01:11 AM   #3
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Great job, was looking at doing something like that myself.
My only concern with ziptying it was that it might rattle and make an annoying sound due to engine vibrations and rough roads. Have you experienced any of that?
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Old 01-21-2015, 02:13 AM   #4
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Great job, was looking at doing something like that myself.
My only concern with ziptying it was that it might rattle and make an annoying sound due to engine vibrations and rough roads. Have you experienced any of that?
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This project was "just" completed this evening. Haven't had it out on the road yet but hope to tomorrow and let you know...
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Old 01-21-2015, 11:05 PM   #5
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Looks good. Very professional looking. Only one question, do you think the zip ties will stand up to the radiator heat during the summer?
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:59 AM   #6
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Looks good. Very professional looking. Only one question, do you think the zip ties will stand up to the radiator heat during the summer?
The ones I used, did for my F7.
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:28 AM   #7
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Looks like it should do the job, just make sure it does not rub on the radiator or any other expensive part. That would suck.

Consider putting in some rubber cushions to hold it away a bit, then the zip ties would stay tight.


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Old 01-22-2015, 01:58 PM   #8
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Took the F7 for a spin last evening - granted I had my helmet on and earplugs in, but I didn't hear anything. I will check for any rubbing but IMHO this sheet is like putting a price of paper on your and sticking your hand out the car window - the guard is flat and not going much of anywhere - at least on the highway. It's pretty darn tight on there but I will check again after some light off roading...

Ps. If anyone wants some mesh come and get it before I toss it!
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Old 02-15-2015, 12:41 PM   #9
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This is a great idea. Thanks!
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Old 02-16-2015, 02:39 PM   #10
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That's great, I'll PM you to see if you have any mesh left over.
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Old 02-18-2015, 10:05 PM   #11
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Great ides. PM sent.
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Old 02-24-2015, 12:32 PM   #12
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That's a pretty big reduction in surface area to air flow, I'd at least put some stand off spacers behind it. Good job though
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Old 02-24-2015, 05:47 PM   #13
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That's a pretty big reduction in surface area to air flow, I'd at least put some stand off spacers behind it. Good job though
Interesting - pretty sure most other guards have similar restrictions or rations. I know some have angled fins (I quite like those) and that's the ideal set up.

I didn't look at the gauge the other day, plus it was cold. i will check again...
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Old 02-24-2015, 07:13 PM   #14
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Wicked Your mesh sucks less.

As an engineer who frequently works with air flow used to cool electronics, beware of the cooling loss from your mesh. It looks like you have about 60% open, which will reduce air flow by about 50% over the radiator fins. This might not be good when the engine is working hard at slow speeds. Even the louvered radiator guards have a warning about lower cooling capacity and they typically only reduce air flow by 20% or so. Other than that, make sure it doesn't chafe.
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