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installation of oem engine guards

I just received my engine guards, and was wondering if there were any
"need to know" hints concerning their installation. The instructions state to use an engine lift to balance the engine. I know from installing SW Motech guards on my '11 Wee, that is not necessary!?. That said, I believe one side should be done and then the other to make sure engine stays where it should. Also, should thread lock be used on any/all of the bolts? These guards appear to be made well, and look to be very strong. Let's hope they are not needed.

Thanks in advance for any additional information on their installation.
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Well, no responses, so I took the bull by the horn/balls/whatever and installed the OEM engine guards. Sorry, I really have to figure out how to take pictures and upload them, none for now.

Verbal instructions were o.k., the pictures told it all. For those interested, the most important thing I found was to NOT tighten up the bolts (as stated in the instructions) until the crossmember was successfully tightened. The guards look good, are well made and appear very strong. All in all, satisfied with the bars.
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chirosyd,

Is there a specific location for the cross member or do you have some latitude as to where to lock it down?

The reason I asking is for the attachment of an after-market skid plate. Being able to move the cross member a few mm one way or the other could make a big difference in fit.

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V-Gehts,
There is a small metal protrusion inside each end of the crossbar that fits into a small hole on the inside of both engine guards. So unless you alter the metal protrusion, you must install crossbar where it has been predetermined. Hope that makes sense.
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Thanks chirosyd,

That makes perfect sense as the bars have been designed to lock together that way.

This may put the Enduro Guardian skidplate close to the header pipe. I'll let Yann know as he recommends 1/2" between the header and the plate.
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Thanks chirosyd,

That makes perfect sense as the bars have been designed to lock together that way.

This may put the Enduro Guardian skidplate close to the header pipe. I'll let Yann know as he recommends 1/2" between the header and the plate.
If you need any measurements, let me know and I check them for you.
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If you need any measurements, let me know and I check them for you.
Sweet. The attached shows how the plate is mounted to the cross member. I suppose the following measurements would help:

- plumb from the front of the cross member to the header pipe
- bottom of the cross member to the lowest protrusion under the engine

I'd measure my own but my Vee2 is in the shop with a cratered ignition switch

Thanks very much!
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I just received my engine guards, and was wondering if there were any
"need to know" hints concerning their installation. The instructions state to use an engine lift to balance the engine. I know from installing SW Motech guards on my '11 Wee, that is not necessary!?. That said, I believe one side should be done and then the other to make sure engine stays where it should. Also, should thread lock be used on any/all of the bolts? These guards appear to be made well, and look to be very strong. Let's hope they are not needed.

Thanks in advance for any additional information on their installation.
I'm a too late for your install but yes, you should use thread locker (Blue - NOT RED). on the bolts.

Kevin
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