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Old 04-05-2013, 09:41 AM   #8116
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Am I the only 690 owner that hates the stock heat shields ??

I keep seeing them on everyones bikes and wonder why you still have them on there. IMHO they put the heat back towards the bike and creates or could possibly create all sorts of issues.

I carved mine down to less than half its original size and have had no issues with heat what so ever. Cool to the touch and no complaints from my passenger. In fact, Im going to shrink them down even further.

I know there are a few companies that created some carbon fiber ones - but they are modeled after the stock ones and still look hideous
I have Carbon ones on my bike witha little blue loctite they have lasted many of miles and the LOOK GREAT !!!
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:05 AM   #8117
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Am I the only 690 owner that hates the stock heat shields ??

I keep seeing them on everyones bikes and wonder why you still have them on there. IMHO they put the heat back towards the bike and creates or could possibly create all sorts of issues.

I carved mine down to less than half its original size and have had no issues with heat what so ever. Cool to the touch and no complaints from my passenger. In fact, Im going to shrink them down even further.

I know there are a few companies that created some carbon fiber ones - but they are modeled after the stock ones and still look hideous

I couldn't agree more! They completely ruin the lines of the bike on the left side. Was considering how to get rid of them too, would love to see a pic if you have any.

Even getting rid of one is a vast improvement
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:18 AM   #8118
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That bike looks severely lowered...

I got the TouraTech one since the PO didn't have the original, and modified the stock pipe to put a rear Akro carbon one on the center.

I got a fresh, used yet unmolested pipe and had to get something for at least the center to keep my leg from the pipe. I'm not really a fan of the looks of carbon fiber, and this one was a third the price of carbon fiber...

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Old 04-05-2013, 11:06 AM   #8119
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Am I the only 690 owner that hates the stock heat shields ??

I keep seeing them on everyones bikes and wonder why you still have them on there. IMHO they put the heat back towards the bike and creates or could possibly create all sorts of issues.

I carved mine down to less than half its original size and have had no issues with heat what so ever. Cool to the touch and no complaints from my passenger. In fact, Im going to shrink them down even further.

I know there are a few companies that created some carbon fiber ones - but they are modeled after the stock ones and still look hideous
I don't spend much time looking at my bike when I am riding it. In 10,000 miles of racing and abuse those little shields have helped prevent me from burning myself and my gear on the exhaust. I have had no adverse effects from having them on the bike.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:41 AM   #8120
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I don't spend much time looking at my bike when I am riding it. In 10,000 miles of racing and abuse those little shields have helped prevent me from burning myself and my gear on the exhaust. I have had no adverse effects from having them on the bike.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:26 PM   #8121
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Sorry for the ginormous pic, but my photobucket acct is giving me quirks these days.

I shaved down my stockers with a cut off saw. This was the first attempt - they worked extremely well at this size - but I cut them down a little further to my liking.

I never felt any heat transfer to my leg - even when wearing shorts.

SETH: Too bad you dont look at your bike - its pretty cool lookin cept for the fuckin ugly heat shields Like I said, the stock shields push the heat towards fragile electronic parts of the bike - Think about it
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:32 PM   #8122
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Just roughed in a shape with a sharpie, cut it out with the cut off tool, polished the edges, then buffed it out with a scotchbrite pad to the same factory finish.

Took me about 20 mins for each shield
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:49 PM   #8123
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i have carbon ones on my bike witha little blue loctite they have lasted many of miles and the look great !!!
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:23 PM   #8124
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Just roughed in a shape with a sharpie, cut it out with the cut off tool, polished the edges, then buffed it out with a scotchbrite pad to the same factory finish.

Took me about 20 mins for each shield
Three Gold Stars for artistic ability and ingenuity, there wiswoodsguy.
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:13 AM   #8125
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It started like this:



Then later tonight I decided to be bold:






Also replaced my tank bolts with RR's.

Will do a couple write-ups for the wiki.
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:50 AM   #8126
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SETH: Too bad you dont look at your bike - its pretty cool lookin cept for the fuckin ugly heat shields Like I said, the stock shields push the heat towards fragile electronic parts of the bike - Think about it


I Think we all look at diffrent things.
Some get off watching a heavy loaded bike ready for RTW. Nice job.
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:58 AM   #8127
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^^^^^ i made my own upper tank bolts .

cut the threaded section off the standard bolts, drill and tap the end and replace with a bolt.

The originals are stainless and stainless isnt very strong, yes its hard but brittle.
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:26 AM   #8128
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Hey MuffinMan, great tip on the zip-tie spring compressor. I've never seen that before.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:53 AM   #8129
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:00 AM   #8130
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