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SW Motech cash bar install! >:-O

Crappy installation instructions aside, this install SUCKED. it seemed way more complicated then it should have been.

Two pieces of advice to others:

1: remove all plastic fairings FIRST, top and middle. Also remove the front chain guard plastic piece.

2: BEFORE tightening down the front mount point on the right side, re-attach the middle(silver) fairing. Otherwise you will have to bend it a little to get it back in place after tightening the front mount point.

I think that's it. Anyone else have a similar experience?


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Yes, they look great and I get my highway pegs today to install tonight. That was the motivation to get the bars really. I have a long trip coming(800ish miles) and after a day long, 300 mile trip my knees were killing me from not being able to stretch out.


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I thought it was pretty easy. Some of the plastic that they said to remove, I just bent out of the way. The u bolt and plastic wrap upper rear mount is just cheesy, though, IMHO. 2009, YMMV.

I read threads here occasionally of people having all sorts of problems with this install. Not my experience.
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Crappy installation instructions aside, this install SUCKED. it seemed way more complicated then it should have been.

Two pieces of advice to others:

1: remove all plastic fairings FIRST, top and middle. Also remove the front chain guard plastic piece.

2: BEFORE tightening down the front mount point on the right side, re-attach the middle(silver) fairing. Otherwise you will have to bend it a little to get it back in place after tightening the front mount point.

I think that's it. Anyone else have a similar experience?
Was there suppose to be instructions? All that came with mine was a sheet with a picture diagram and a parts list.. I will admit it wasn't a hard task though and I didn't remove any plastic.. I took the small hex bolts out of the lower radiator cowling and they moved enough out of the way that it was a breeze. It was an easy install, I just looked at the pictures close, looked at the mounting points on the bike, and slapped them on.. No vibes and they seem solid..

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I found the install ok, time consuming and tough work but ok in the end.

I found putting on the SW Motech Engine Guard a lot harder.

Also just fitted the SW Motech rear pannier racks, that was also a bit time consuming but it moved pretty quickly after the blinker relocation.

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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-04-2012, 10:03 AM
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easy to install.
good install pictorial on twisted throttle's site,
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I just installed the Givi engine guards, and it was easier once I stopped referring to the included instructions, and just figured it out on my own.

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I don't remember it being a big deal...The alien instructions aren't to difficult to follow. I don't remember taking plastic off....Maybe the '10+ models are different.

I can say they work!

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Unfortunately mine have been tested as well
Glad I spent the money
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only issue I had with mine was installing the wrong bolts on the front and jacking up the pieces on the engine that the nuts lock into, had to wedge a flathead in there to keep the nut from turning. Otherwise, it wasn't too bad. Oh, and the bolt that runs from side to side is a little odd to figure out.

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pegs

06extn. just wondering what pegs you mounted and where you got them. I have the sw bars and am having a hard time finding peg mounts to fit 7/8 bars.
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Did anyone happen to post a video or pictorial install? I'm ordering mine now, and if I can't find a video of the install, I might just make one (I'll edit it to show the right way once I figure out what that is...).
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Somewhere on the forum I started a thread on a potential hazard with the bolt that runs through the frame. Make sure it clears the cabling.

A tip from my second install is that the U bolts need to be loosely attached in order to align the above long bolt with the crash bars. You need to hold the nut with a spanner on one side of the bike while you tighten the bolt with your socket set on the other. A second person makes tightening this bolt easier but you can lean over the bike and hold both tools at once.
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+1 on a second person. Redline helped me with my install and his assistance was enormously helpful.


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I did my SW bars on my 2009 in about 90 minutes by myself. No big deal. Been pondering highway pegs.

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