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Radiator Guard

Here's a very inexpensive guard. It is aluminum and secured with Electrical Ties. Total cost: $2.10 including tax. Actually, I could make 2 guards with what I bought so that brings the price down to $1.05. Who says, there's no deals left anymore!

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Looks like the same stuff I used, got it at Home Depot. It's actually cover for rain gutters.

I left the curve in mine. Does the job though, I have pried some pretty big bugs out of mine, as well as a couple of rocks.



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Yep, us great minds are always spinning! Home Depot is the place.

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That's great! This will be the next project.
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I'm off to home depot !!!!!
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August, I just put on my Hepco engine guards tonight, but seeing your pic I see a small slider coming out of your right tank panel. Did you make it or buy it?
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August, I just put on my Hepco engine guards tonight, but seeing your pic I see a small slider coming out of your right tank panel. Did you make it or buy it?
Yes I did make it. I wanted some highway pegs and couldn't find any so I made them. They work great.

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Yes I did make it. I wanted some highway pegs and couldn't find any so I made them. They work great.
Dallasdon, It looks like you did a great job on your bike and pegs. There is a concern though. I see how your pegs attach to the engine mounts. Before I had the H and P engine guards, I had sliders that extended out in the same area you attached your pegs. Someone must have kicked at the left one because one day I noticed it was gone and it broke just inside the hole. It took over 4 hours in the hot sun in a parking lot far from home to get the remaining bolt out. Fortunately I had a person who could drive me to a bolt store to replace that bolt and nut.

Also fortunately, it was not the right side that busted because that side has the muffler pipes a lot more in the way. Your pegs give too much leverage on that long bolt if the bike falls.
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I designed these to break away outside the bolt head when I welded it so I'm not too concerned about them breaking. I can get the remaining bolt out without much of a problem. I've had a lot of experience with the engine mount bolts and the idiot that designed that locking nut area that is cast into the engine should be taken out an shot. That is one of the poorest designs I have ever seen in my life. About the only way to tighten those bolts is to wedge something between the nut and the engine block to keep it from turning. Lots of experience there.

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I've had a lot of experience with the engine mount bolts and the idiot that designed that locking nut area that is cast into the engine should be taken out an shot. That is one of the poorest designs I have ever seen in my life. About Lots of experience there.
Highly agree. I got a rope, now we just have to incite a riot on this forum. One less stupid designer to deal with.

But...maybe they thought since the muffler was in the way to get a tool in to hold it was there thought about trying to capture it.
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Riot! Riot, I say! We'll meet at atgatt's house and coordinate our GPS's to search for this engineering idiot that molded the holding area on the head for the lock nuts. He can run, but he can't hide.

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Great Idea...

Had to "borrow" your idea for the radiator guard. Fits perfect! Thanks you!
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Had to "borrow" your idea for the radiator guard. Fits perfect! Thanks you!
You are soooooooooo welcome. That's what we do here, try to help others! Congrats. (Sorry it cost so much!)

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August ,

I would also be very curious of where you go the frame sliders .


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Fairing sliders?

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Looks like the same stuff I used, got it at Home Depot. It's actually cover for rain gutters.

I left the curve in mine. Does the job though, I have pried some pretty big bugs out of mine, as well as a couple of rocks.



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I just saw yer fairing sliders. I want them they look like they would protect the tank fairings completely. What brand are they and where would I find them?

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I liked them too, so I wrote August and asked him.

Here's his response:

Red Herring.

The sliders are for 2005-2007 Kawasaki ZZR600.

I got them off of ebay.Seller was jagmotorcycle. email [email protected]

Cost $26 dollars to my door.

The bolts that come with the sliders are the same size as the bolts that are in the bike now, so the sliders bolted right up as I recall.

The bolts are not very big,and the brackets they bolt into are not very substantial , so about the only good the sliders will do is in the case of a layover at slow to no speed.

I laid mine over in the garage and scratched the side up a little bit, so I thought they might save some damage another time.

That damn kickstand needs to be kicked forward every time you use it, if it isn't, it will fold up on you and usually you are not in a position to catch it.

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Secure that kickstand!

You're right about that kickstand. If I don't nudge it all the way forward with my foot each time I use it, the bike will slowly fall towards me. It's never actually fallen over, but one time recently I had to make a good catch to keep it from doing so. It was halfway over, and I just barely managed to save it before it hit the ground. I'll be a little more careful when deploying the kickstand from now on...

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I used the same gutter cover as a radiator guard but I added my twist to it. I bought some automotive door edge guard in black. I put it on the edges of the gutter cover to give it a more finished look. I found that Lowe's does not sell the small sections but I had no problem getting it from Home Depot.



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