Received the Evotech radiator guard on Friday.
How long did it take you to fit the guard and are there any hints to make the job easier?
Just need the bike to install it on now.
Hi mate how's it going? Yes the guard is well made fits pretty good. Took me around 2 hours or so, but that was taking my time. You have to take off the left fairing completely. As long as you are methodical you will be fine. I found unclipping the two rectifier plugs ( which are attached to the inside of the fairing a bit hard to do). Only because I haven't done it before, I have big hands which don't help, and the plugs were locked in solid. There is not much room to get your hand in there, but with a bit of manipulation and patience it came apart. The left fairing panel is quite small really, but being highly polished, care is what's needed. Once the left panel is removed, you need to undo the bottom radiator support bolt. You need to apply the supplied felt strips on each side of the front header tanks. I cleaned the header tank sides with metho to ensure the felt stuck well. You can reach across ( bit tight) to the right side header tank to do the same. You don't need to remove right fairing. Then carefully slide the guard across and into position. The top guard has some tangs which go under the supporting plastic panelling above the radiator on both sides. Push the top guard in towards the engine firmly til it locates flat against the felt you just applied on header tanks and complete the job by securing the bottom of the guard into the bottom radiator support and then do up the bolt again. According to the instructions that's it, but I went one step further to ensure the security of the guard. At the bottom corners I threaded through the guard some small plastic ties and secured them to the bottom of the radiator. This ensures the screen is right up against the radiator at the bottom and in my opinion secures it from 5 points instead of only three. I discreetly cut the ties right back so you can't see them to make the guard well secured but nice and neat too.
If you look online there are instructions from Evotech which are pretty close to what you have to do.
Just a tip about the removal of the rectifier plugs, before attempting to remove push down the plugs firmly home, THEN push clip IN all the way turn & wiggle plugs free. Mine were very tight and took more than a few efforts to loosen and remove. On reassembly I sprayed some silicone spray on the clips to make it easier next time. I always spray silicone spray on lugs or this sort thing especially fairing lugs or supports on first time removals as next time it will free itself much easier.
Hope this helps....if you don't feel confident let me know I can come over to Canberra for the day and give you a hand.
Hope you get that bike soon, guard isn't much good without it!