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Yeah looks nice enough but how large are those open spaces and will it really protest well? 🤔

I usually fabricate my own guards out of 4mm aperture stainless mesh sheet :-
 

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The radiator guard that I have used on my bike is a Chinese copycat from the Evotec guard.
I didn't like the idea of spending 100+ euros for a radiator guard so I didn't mind going for the Chinese counterpart instead. Would not consider buying crash protection though. Don't have that much trust in those parts.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32967445956.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.12012ff6zpW0kA&algo_pvid=cdd327d7-6e19-48d2-a21c-7a35705add6c&algo_expid=cdd327d7-6e19-48d2-a21c-7a35705add6c-31&btsid=fbf8183d-fe1f-4680-9d32-15f06db73980&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_3,searchweb201603_60

Arrived to me in 12 days after ordering and was very good quality.
Be aware that you won't get any instructions on how to install the guard, but if you look around the web you will be able to find some instructions on PDF that match the Chinese installation closely. But you will have to at least be a little bit handy with things like this.
 

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My Quality Home made rad guard!

So out of a large sheet of stainless grill that I bought from a car tuning specialist I simply cut to size and manipulate a little and hey presto you have it! And all for around a tenner and maybe 20 mins of work :smile_big:
 

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So out of a large sheet of stainless grill that I bought from a car tuning specialist I simply cut to size and manipulate a little and hey presto you have it! And all for around a tenner and maybe 20 mins of work :smile_big:

How are you holding it there? Any chance of it falling off if you go over bumps and rough surface?
 

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The curvature of the radiator holds it in place laterally against the rad end caps and the top is bent over for vertical hold.
For extra security you could also use suitably sized cable ties around the rad mounting points should you wish. :wink:
 

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The curvature of the radiator holds it in place laterally against the rad end caps and the top is bent over for vertical hold.
For extra security you could also use suitably sized cable ties around the rad mounting points should you wish. :wink:

I like it!... Might have to try it myself :smile:
 

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Go for it!
I bought a metre sq of this stuff a few years back and made great grills for several bikes and still some left for more!
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The IBEX has just been delivered. Much quicker than expected.



It's very obviously not aluminium - as advertised it is Stainless Steel. I'll measure things like slot width etc tomorrow - when it gets fitted.



Watch this space.
 

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So here is the IBEX fitted.
It is 1.7mm thick - Basically my guess is 16guage and the powder coating adds a bit. Sits well forward of the rad' - a good 10mm. IBEX provide rubber bump stops to go inside but they too are well clear. Front Slots are 10mm wide.

One tiny issue - but my guess is it is a factory issue. One of the top special bolts that support the rad' rubbers basically was not actually screwed tight. Looks badly made and the springy threaded clip has no thread. It pretty much fell out . Couple of washers and a Nyloc. Fixed.

Left bolt looks correct - Right one most certainly does not. The Ibex comes with new bolts and spacers - but be aware - worth checking the OEM mounts. Bottom OEM bolts are reused. Applied a bit of blue loctite to the little screws that hold the IBEX parts together too.


The instructions are not great. Fit the top two small brackets - then remove bottom bolts slide up - replace lower bolts and then bolt cover to small top brackets.
 

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Looks nice enough barbagris - but sorry 10mm is way too large for really effective protection. Just Imagine a 1cm diameter stone hitting the rad at 100mph or more and the damage it could do!
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Looks nice enough barbagris - but sorry 10mm is way too large for really effective protection. Just Imagine a 1cm diameter stone hitting the rad at 100mph or more and the damage it could do!
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A fine mesh behind would be easy to do. I have some but not enough. The plus imo is the massive air gap so a BIG stone would not even get to the core - unlike many of the cheepo Ali jobs. And let's face it - ANYTHING is better than the OEM solution - called nothing.
 

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OK - A NIGGLE. On full right lock the steering damper bolt head just rubs the cover. Nice shiny dome head internal hex bolt resolves issue.
 
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