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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-29-2016, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Added: radiator guard, front axle sliders, R&G micro turn signals

The farkling has begun in earnest, anticipating many rides in the near future.

Last year Grip Puppies went on. Solved the hand cramps instantly, though I'm not quite thrilled about the slightly squishy feel.

This month I've installed T-Rex front axle sliders. Super easy to install, just observe that they are left-right side specific.



Next, a Touratech radiator guard. Overall a nicely made and functional item. Maybe a tad overpriced at $120. Attaches by hooking over the top of the radiator then securing with 4 zip ties. Rubber foam spacers keep it from rattling and provides some crush distance to absorb heavier impacts. I also rotated the horn up and in 90 degrees at the same time as installing the radiator guard.

I like the louvered design, which allows greater airflow without compromising protection.

Even with little wet weather riding and only about 1100 miles on the odometer, there is a definite strip of gunk flung from the front tire onto the radiator. As a result, a fender extender will be installed soon.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-29-2016, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Next up, replacing the stock front turn signals with R&G Aero LED micro turn signals. The stock signals stick out too far, making them the first thing to hit the ground when the bike goes down. The fairing gets cracked, costing $200 to replace.

Here's the silhouette showing just how far those suckers stick out on the '15.



The R&G Aero is a micro sized signal with a bunch of very bright LEDs in it. Here it is for size comparison with the stock signal.



The LED signals require a load resistor added to the circuit to keep the flash rate the same due to the lower current draw of the LEDs. I bought an R&G load resistor and some other brand of wiring adapter to go from Kawasaki connectors to "bullet" style. The adapter plugged right into the wiring harness on the bike, then the load resistor plugged into that, then the turn signal plugs into the load resistor. Easy. The extra wires need to be secured via zip tie or duct tape.

The hard part was physically adapting the fairing to accept the new signals which attach to the bike via threaded post. I bought some plastic adapter plates off e-bay which were supposed to be Versys compatible but they needed some surgery. Left is unmodified, middle is shaped for the outside of the fairing, right is shaped for the inside of the fairing. The plastic was easy to cut and file.



Here's the inside fairing with the empty hole, then with the adapter in place. Next is the outside adapter plate in place.







So here is the turn signal installed.



It really is tiny! From the riding position it isn't really visible. This picture is from far left of normal riding position.



These suckers are very bright, subjectively I'd say twice as bright in daylight as the factory standard units.



This install could have been better if I'd put more time into precision shaping of the adapter plates, but it certainly passes my father-in-law's "Galloping Horse" test. It looks just fine when you see it while riding past on a galloping horse.
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Personally I would not fasten anything to the radiator with zip ties. IMO they would need to be replaced often due to heat from the rad and exposure to the elements. .
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Some zipties are affected by sun light as well
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-01-2016, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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I'll keep an eye on the zip ties. They are out of direct sunlight but definitely exposed to some heat. I have some aircraft safety wire somewhere which might be a more durable option than zip ties.
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Do these R&G Aero LED micro turn signals also operate as running lights?

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I just shuffle slower.

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No they are only turn signals.
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looken nice, tho i personally would put some spacers so your rad guard is a bit away from the rad (to prevent dirt build up and also to give it some room to move in the event of a "larger" impact

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The radiator guard has foam spacers, about 1/8" thick.
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