Originally Posted by twowheeladdict
This is what the radiator guard looks like against the radiator....
It looks like Kawasaki eliminated the original guard and mounting tabs at the front of the radiator...
Not all of us live where we have ample supply of parts and fasteners...
Thanks for the clarification. To be honest, I thought you were being a little whiny
(over just a couple of missing nuts) but now that I’ve seen what you’re talking about, you’re quite right.
I just looked at my ’10 and you’re correct, when Kawi omitted the lower guard plate on the ’11, they also did away with its lower mounting tabs (which the Evotech was designed to bolt to).
FWIW, with your setup (and assuming that they line up properly) you (and Evotech) might want to consider this:
Rather than removing the lower captive/clip nuts; replace the stock bolts with longer ones so that they extend thru the Evotech and then use spacers between the guard and the clip nuts – and acorn nuts (aka finishing nuts) on the front.
In this way, the lower radiator mounts could be properly torqued without having to need the precise length spacers (or risk crushing the radiator with the Evotech tabs) — and it would allow for somewhat easier removal of the guard (it’s a good idea to take it off occasionally & clean the bug stuff out of the radiator fins).
Good luck with Evotech. Hopefully they’ll include 2011 mounting hardware in the future. In the meantime, if you can’t find what you need (spacers, nuts, etc.) let me know and I’ll pick some up & mail ‘em to you.
Dang Capn! You responded – and with pictures no less – while I was still under my bike!