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Old 01-05-2009, 01:35 PM
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Smile Straightening out Givi engine guards

My '03 DL1000 has a set of Givi engine guards on it, but they've been bent inwards towards the faring a bit on one side. This leaves about 1/2 inch clearance between the bar and faring. Too close for me.

How do you suppose I could unbend the bar so it's back in it's normal position?

No, I didn't bend them, they were that way when I got the bike... If I -had- bent them, I can assure you they'd be like pretzels. No half-measures here!

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Old 01-05-2009, 01:38 PM
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Ratchet strap, truck bumper, and a helper.

And on a side note, DANG how many Stroms does one person need to own???
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We're supposed to bend stuff back after we crash it?
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Old 01-05-2009, 05:34 PM
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My '03 DL1000 has a set of Givi engine guards on it, but they've been bent inwards towards the faring a bit on one side. This leaves about 1/2 inch clearance between the bar and faring. Too close for me.

How do you suppose I could unbend the bar so it's back in it's normal position?

No, I didn't bend them, they were that way when I got the bike... If I -had- bent them, I can assure you they'd be like pretzels. No half-measures here!

You can either do it one of several different ways:

1) Rachet strap will work, as long as your helper has enough lead in their ass to keep your bike from either scooting sideways or toppling over to bend it further
2) Attach straps from the bar to a big assed "cheater pipe/bar" and bend it a little at a time until it gets back to the position you desire. This way offers less chance of a mishap and tumble.
3) Take the bar off, heat it up and then bend it back as you wish. This method is the laziest way to bend the metal, but it will mess up the powder coat and most like will be bent too far or in the wrong spots.
4) Lift weights for about 2 years and just rebend as desired.....
5) Buy new ones.......

I suggest using a cheater pipe/bar, but it will take some strong arming. You will be able to bend it easier without a chance at dumping your bike. If you do use a rachet strap, truck and help, please post the videos.....

Good luck.
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Almost forgot..... Use straps on the bar to keep yourself from trying to pry against the fairing. You can strap the cheater pipe/bar to the crash bar and then can move your fulcrum as needed for the desired effect.
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Trooperette likes to do this to her Givi bars. You might surprise yourself. Your a size bigger than me. I can put my ass on the ground, one foot on the fork tube, one foot on the engine, grab the bar and pull as hard as I can with both hands, and bend them back. You'll need to pull slightly past perfect because it will relax in some. If you go to far just kick the bike over and start again. Plus you have an advantage, your balls won't pop off while your pulling.
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Take a very strong ratchet strap, attach one end to the offending bar, and the other to a truck, tree, anything that won't move. Straddle the bike, somehow adjust the ratchet strap so that when the tension is on the ratchet strap, the bike is vertical. You will now lean the bike towards whatever immovable object you have chosen, to put some slack in the strap, then lean the bike the other way to use the bikes weight to pull against the strap to bend the bar back. You will have to adjust how hard you lean the bike in the opposit direction, according to how much force is needed to straighten the bar out. It would be a very good idea to have someone on the opposite side of the bike that has the strap, just to make sure you don't drop it, and bend the other bar
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Take a very strong ratchet strap, attach one end to the offending bar, and the other to a truck, tree, anything that won't move. Straddle the bike, somehow adjust the ratchet strap so that when the tension is on the ratchet strap, the bike is vertical. You will now lean the bike towards whatever immovable object you have chosen, to put some slack in the strap, then lean the bike the other way to use the bikes weight to pull against the strap to bend the bar back. You will have to adjust how hard you lean the bike in the opposit direction, according to how much force is needed to straighten the bar out. It would be a very good idea to have someone on the opposite side of the bike that has the strap, just to make sure you don't drop it, and bend the other bar
Gonna try this one myself. Got a truck and some straps.
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Why not take an 8# sledge hammer to the side that is sticking out too far. A couple of well placed blows and the bars will be even.
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:09 AM
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It seems to me that I've seen a photo on here of someone that laid the bike on its side, strapped the bent bar to the rafters in his garage, and stood/jumped on the bike to straighten the offending bar. May be a little extreme... but I'm pretty sure it would work!
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