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Old 11-30-2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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$3.00 D.I.Y. radiator guard

This is probably the cheapest and most simple mod to hopefully avoid the headache of an unfortunate and unplanned roadside stop, especially if you run the Fayetteville route..
These measurements are Sukzuki SV specific, but I am certain it can be modified to fit any motorcycle.

Step 1. Drive to Home Depot and find a "gutter guard" which comes in 6"x36" sections for $2.77.
Step 2. For the SV, cut section to 19.5" and fold both ends 1.5".
Step 3. Remove aluminum side guards from both sides of radiator.
Step 4. Use said side guards to mark the bolt holes, and cut out accordingly.
Step 5. Place gutter guard on front of radiator and re-bolt side guards.
DONE! Ahhhh, the joys of owning a naked bike!

If you are about the screen being bolted down on bare metal, you can use double sided automotive door stripping or electrical tape for protection.
And of course you can also flat black it prior to installation with Rustoleum for aesthetics if you so desire.
It took me longer to drive to and from Home Depot than it took me to install it on the bike..10-15 mins tops..including a mandatory beer break, union rules..
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:51 PM   #2
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It looks great! A must have on group rides! Don't forget to check your air box. I found a bunch of leaves in mine today...
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:55 PM   #3
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:07 PM   #4
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Nice. I like it when people improvise. Makes me feel like I not the only cheap one out there.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:51 AM   #5
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Sounds good.. the blue horse is still getting the $200
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:55 PM   #6
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You are going about this all wrong. You're supposed to buy one for $129 from some other people who made them with fancier screens.

J/K. Great job and looks great. Mine doesn't even have 800 miles on the clock, and I already see a few strike marks on the fins. Off to Lowes I go... The hardware sections also have sheets of perforated stock (alum, brass, steel, etc.) of various styles I might want to look at.
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I've had my trashcan special on for about a year now and it's holding up great... to anyone wondering if it actually works and holds up.
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Yep, exactly the same method. Wasn't looking for credit for the idea, just hope this will motivate people to protect their delicate parts..
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Sounds good.. the blue horse is still getting the $200
just found a brand new on amazon for 89 bucks. Ordered!
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Whether you DIY or order a guard, whether it works or not comes down to two things:

1) The rigidity of the material used for your guard. Not all mesh is created equal.

2) Having a space between the guard and the radiator. guards have cheesy little foam spacers to create about a 1/4 inch gap.
The gap to to absorb some rock impact. If you have a piece of mesh tightly cut and fitted to the front of your radiator laying flush, it will not do much in terms of absorbing the impact.
Think of the gap space as a "crush zone" to absorb some of the rocks inertia.

NO gap= hole in radiator anyway
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so would you suggest replacing the cheesy foam spacer with a teflon or rubber one?
I ordered a .
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NO gap= hole in radiator anyway[/QUOTE]

On the SV's radiator, there's about a 1/2"-3/4" gap after fitting it.
I will find out this weekend if the mesh will hold up to Jimrad's rock throwing
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so would you suggest replacing the cheesy foam spacer with a teflon or rubber one?
I ordered a .
I fabricated an L shape or rather U shape bracket to replace the foam squares.
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Or zip tie these without the nails To the frame of
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Whether you DIY or order a guard, whether it works or not comes down to two things:

1) The rigidity of the material used for your guard. Not all mesh is created equal.

2) Having a space between the guard and the radiator. guards have cheesy little foam spacers to create about a 1/4 inch gap.
The gap to to absorb some rock impact. If you have a piece of mesh tightly cut and fitted to the front of your radiator laying flush, it will not do much in terms of absorbing the impact.
Think of the gap space as a "crush zone" to absorb some of the rocks inertia.

NO gap= hole in radiator anyway
The spacer is to keep the guard from rubbing on the radiator. If a rock strikes the guard the force is going to be spread over the entire guard and possibly the entire radiator. The radiator will be fine. Rock punctures cause leaks. The radiator guard smacking flat against the radiator is not going to cause a leak.
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The spacer is to keep the guard from rubbing on the radiator. If a rock strikes the guard the force is going to be spread over the entire guard and possibly the entire radiator. The radiator will be fine. Rock punctures cause leaks. The radiator guard smacking flat against the radiator is not going to cause a leak.
So we are saying the same thing.
Flush mount=no protection from rocks.
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So we are saying the same thing.
Flush mount=no protection from rocks.
Depends on what you're using as a guard. A guard smacking your radiator will not cause a leak and a rock is not going to puncture the guard.
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