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post #1 of 8 Old 05-23-2014, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Let's see your hand guard mounting solutions

So I bought some Western Power Sports hand guards. I love the way they look but the one on the throttle side is giving me grief. I can't get the inner handlebar clamp to clear the brake line so the hand guard is level. I'm hoping to figure out a way to make an adapter.
There is a slight bit of clearance, yes. But I want to rotate the handguard up quite a bit higher. The clearance is there now only to keep the brake hose from being chaffed and worn from the clamp.

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Well I think I figured it out.................. S hooks! I used some thick stout short ones. They're not super strong but hopefully strong enough. They can be twisted and rotated in about any configuration. I used one on the throttle side and it worked great. Sure it's not the prettiest but you really can't notice unless you look for it. At least this gets the hand guard up higher and will work in the meantime while I work on a more permanent solution.




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I can't really see the pictures very well (at least on my iPad), but one thing to consider that I need to still address myself, is that if you have the brackets under the brake line/banjo, in the event of a fall, it could bend/push up and mess up your brake lines. So I think the preferred solution is to try and mount them over the brake lines if possible. Btw, I have Barkbuster Storms.
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I can't really see the pictures very well (at least on my iPad), but one thing to consider that I need to still address myself, is that if you have the brackets under the brake line/banjo, in the event of a fall, it could bend/push up and mess up your brake lines. So I think the preferred solution is to try and mount them over the brake lines if possible. Btw, I have Barkbuster Storms.
I know the pictures are a bit hard to see. I do appreciate your point though. That does make sense.

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So I bought some Western Power Sports hand guards. I love the way they look but the one on the throttle side is giving me grief. I can't get the inner handlebar clamp to clear the brake line so the hand guard is level. I'm hoping to figure out a way to make an adapter.
There is a slight bit of clearance, yes. But I want to rotate the handguard up quite a bit higher. The clearance is there now only to keep the brake hose from being chaffed and worn from the clamp.

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Some cheap eBay mirror mounts and some aluminium channel did it for me. Same problem, I didn't like the idea of a fall on that side shearing the banjo fitting.

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Even with hand gaurds putting Teflon Plumbers tape under your controls will alow them to spin and save damage to your leavers, banjo bolt and mirror mounts in the event of a crash.

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Al,

I cannot see your pictures very well.

Two things, first, a lot of guys mount their haduards too far up. They should be mounted at an angle that is somewhere between parallel with the ground to about 10 degrees below that. If yours are higher than that, they serve no purpose, and they may actually be dangerous since they wil rotate backwards when hit, possibly trapping your hand.

This angle is what you are going for (bear in mind these are curved so they may look different than the WPS ones which I believe are straight, but you still want to maintain the overall angle shown, which essentially has the overall metal guard in line with terra firma):



If yours are correctly mounted and you are running into clearance issues, the general fix is to rotate the controls a little to accomodate the handguards. If this is not acceptable, Cycra makes a very nice mount which will solve your clearance issues:



Either way, I wold discontinue the S hooks immediately. They obviously will bend easily and thus negate the entire point of having lever guards.

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Thanks for the tip on the mounting angle of the guards Meefzah. I just mounted a set of G2 Ergonomics handguards and now will have to go lower the angle I think, but that would mean I have to lower the brake and clutch levers to allow clearance since they are so long. On a separate issue the inner wall clamps are not able to expand enough to hold the ends in place, so for now I have them installed with the OEM bar weights. Anyone else use these guards and have this issue? I bought the set that is for 7/8" bars.
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