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Old 03-31-2014, 10:14 AM   #1
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AltRider Headlight Protection (Pic Heavy)

I was fool enough to order both the lexan and stainless steel grid headlight protectors from AltRider, so I thought I would let everyone know the results of my installation and late-night LED Beam testing.

Installation was cake. Remove two bolts from the plastic winglets above the headlight, and insert two spacers into holes left in the beak support frame. It took me all of 15 minutes to get it installed and most of that was finding the tools and lock-tighting the bolts on the guards themselves.



Without the guards, the bracket is very subtle, which I like.


The two protectors. Lexan for the road, Steel for off-road. (They are the same size, but the picture is deceiving.


The headlight guards have plastic male plugs that insert into the rubber grommets on the bracket. They are simple to install/uninstall and are very secure, even for off-roading (More on that later).

Stainless Steel Installed:


Lexan Installed:


The most asked, and rarely tested question is how do these impact the headlight beam. Comparison Pics:

(No Guard, Bracket Installed)


VS.
(Stainless Steel Guard Installed)


VS.
(Lexan Guard Installed)


From what I can tell, neither guard is intrusive, and the lexan guard has no discernable impact on the headlight beam. I also did tests with the high-beams if anyone is interested.

As to the concern of headlight reflection from the lexan guard. There is a little bit, but it isn't distracting and is barely noticeable from my riding position.


On Saturday, I was able to test the stability of the guard (lexan) and bracket. I did 60 miles of interstate riding, 40 miles of backroad scratching, and 20 miles of dirt roads and worse (off-road to me). The guard was stable and secure, and it kept the headlight clean. The guard was filty (bugs mostly), but the headlight itself was perfectly clean (aside from dust from my admittedly wussy "off-road" excursion.

I popped the lexan guard right off and rinsed it off in the sink, allowed it to air dry and reinstalled it. In the end, I am quite pleased with my investment.

Forgive the average pictures. 0 light, 0 flash night pictures are decidedly difficult with a digital camera (and no tripod). If anyone wants to see the brights comparison (lexan vs stainless) I can post them up.

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Old 03-31-2014, 10:22 AM   #2
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If anyone wants to see the brights comparison (lexan vs stainless) I can post them up.

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Yes, bright comparison please!
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Old 03-31-2014, 10:23 AM   #3
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I installed the same lexan version guard this weekend.

I've got the BMW auxillary light bar mounted under the beak and the bolt comes up through that hole where the lower guard mounts. I just pushed the bracket over the exposed bolt and tightened down the upper mounts. The lower bolt sticking up would not allow room for a nut, but after 150 miles road and 30 miles off road it remained rock solid.
Just to let others know in case they already have that lower mount hole occupied.

No night testing yet, but by your report I doubt I'll have any problems with reflections.
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Old 03-31-2014, 10:27 AM   #4
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Nice pics! Thanks for the info. This is one farkle decision I haven't made yet.
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Yes, bright comparison please!
Stainless Steel (Brights)


VS.
Lexan (Brights)


I didn't take a picture of the brights without a guard on it, but I can say that I didn't notice ANY difference in the beam from Standard vs Lexan.

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EDIT: I know they are a bit blurry, but they get the point across.
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I was fool enough to order both the lexan and stainless steel grid headlight protectors from AltRider, so I thought I would let everyone know the results of my installation and late-night LED Beam testing.

~Ex
Excellent, much needed report!

In the end, I did a hail mary purchase (no manufacturer addresses any of the consumer questions in their marketing material) and went for the Wunderlich lexan guard (purchased in Germany, which made it about 40% less with conversion).
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Excellent, much needed report!

In the end, I did a hail mary purchase (no manufacturer addresses any of the consumer questions in their marketing material) and went for the Wunderlich lexan guard (purchased in Germany, which made it about 40% less with conversion).
Please post up your thoughts as well. I thought there was a comparison thread, but I couldn't find it so I made a new thread. I'd be curious to see how the Wunderlich product compares.

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Old 04-01-2014, 07:18 PM   #8
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I just installed the Lexan AltRider headlight protector in the stainless finish, install was easier than I expected, looks great and should be stout enough to do its job.

Here's what comes in the kit


Before install


After install


Angle shot


Top down


Closeup of the connector, fit is nice and snug yet easy to pop out for cleaning


The top bolts on using the stock bolts


You don't need to take any bike panels off to install the protector but I had them off anyway to install a set of crash bars so took some pictures. This pic shows the bottom bolt and spacer installed. With the panels in place there isn't much room, I used a rod with a magnet on the end to help slip the bolt in place.


And a bottom up view of the nut on the bottom bolt. Note that the early instructions didn't include the rubber washer you see in the picture above the stainless washer. They may not be needed but if after tightening the bottom bolts you still have some play, thats what the rubber washers are for.


I'm happy with my decision to go with the AltRider kit

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Very nice farkle!

I have to admit though, I would find this distracting:

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Very nice farkle!

I have to admit though, I would find this distracting:
Yeah, I did too. I plan to use the Lexan shield for road riding and the stainless grid for off-road riding.

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I just ordered the Lexan protector.

Thank you for the review.

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Yeah, I did too. I plan to use the Lexan shield for road riding and the stainless grid for off-road riding.

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I just ordered the Lexan protector.

Thank you for the review.
My pleasure. I figured I'd be the guinea pig and answer as many of the oft asked questions as I could in the initial review. I'm sure you'll be pleased. The Lexan shield specifically stated not to use any cleaning chemicals or sprays as it affects the anti-scratch coating. I use ivory dish-soap on all of my lexan parts and have had great results.

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Nice! Looking forward to getting mine, waiting while the '14 crash bars are manufactured...
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Stainless Steel (Brights)


VS.
Lexan (Brights)


I didn't take a picture of the brights without a guard on it, but I can say that I didn't notice ANY difference in the beam from Standard vs Lexan.

~Ex

EDIT: I know they are a bit blurry, but they get the point across.
Many thanks for posting!!
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Nice! Looking forward to getting mine, waiting while the '14 crash bars are manufactured...
I was fortunate (?) enough to have a '14 with the '13 frame, so I took the plunge early this year. I am quite pleased and the dealership who did the first service were immensely impressed as well. Great quality and the appearance isn't bad either.

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Many thanks for posting!!
Quite welcome.

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