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post #1 of 21 Old 02-27-2018, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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Fender Catches on Engine Guards?

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My new-to-me 2014 DL650 has a bit of a problem. I just installed CBR brakes with caliper adapters, and I was out testing them (the stock brakes were woefully underpowered compared to what I'm used to, and I had adapters and the brakes lying around so I figured "why not?"), and the fender got caught ON TOP of the engine guard/skidplate. I extricated it but it had been bent inward and I had to use pliers to bend the plastic back to its normal shape. The below photos will illustrate.

This is how the bike sits normally (note the jacked up fender from my plying efforts )


The other side:


Here's the bike with the fork caps off and lowered on a jack until the fender hits the guard:


When I was playing with the brakes, heavy braking pushed the fender up over that engine guard/skidplate lip and it caught there.

My thought is that the previous owner crashed and tweaked the engine guards/skidplate such that it's now too close to the fender and that's why it catches. Any other theories? Anyone had anything similar happen to them? I'm reasonably certain these engine guards are the TN3101 from Givi (they say Givi on the other side). I'm not sure about the skidplate.

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post #2 of 21 Old 02-27-2018, 07:20 AM
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Hi friends,

My new-to-me 2014 DL650 has a bit of a problem. I just installed CBR brakes with caliper adapters, and I was out testing them (the stock brakes were woefully underpowered compared to what I'm used to, and I had adapters and the brakes lying around so I figured "why not?"), and the fender got caught ON TOP of the engine guard/skidplate. I extricated it but it had been bent inward and I had to use pliers to bend the plastic back to its normal shape. The below photos will illustrate.

This is how the bike sits normally (note the jacked up fender from my plying efforts )


The other side:


Here's the bike with the fork caps off and lowered on a jack until the fender hits the guard:


When I was playing with the brakes, heavy braking pushed the fender up over that engine guard/skidplate lip and it caught there.

My thought is that the previous owner crashed and tweaked the engine guards/skidplate such that it's now too close to the fender and that's why it catches. Any other theories? Anyone had anything similar happen to them? I'm reasonably certain these engine guards are the TN3101 from Givi (they say Givi on the other side). I'm not sure about the skidplate.
Something is not right!! Mine are no where near that close and I have the same skid plate.

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Hi,
I have the exact same Givi engine bars and steel skid plate. I have much more clearance!!!
Comparing mine, I have to ask, have your fork tubes been raised in the triple tree?

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I think I would pull the fork tubes and check that they are not bent!
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J-bone's comment and the tail tell sign of the skid plate being forward of the crash bar says it all. I strongly suspect the PO drilled new holes in the bottom of the skid plate and moved its mounting position forward.

Check underneath for additional mounting holes forward of where teh bolts are or a modified mounting bracket.

A picture of J-Bone's skid plate install at the front might help.
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Could be a combo of things. Skidplate mounting too far ahead, Fender raised, forks moved up. I would think the skidplate should be behind the engine guard.

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Just reread and saw the OP bike is a '14 650 so arrangement may be slightly different.
On my 11 the plate is correctly mounted. It does go in front of the engine bars.
No additional holes drilled.
I have attached a pic of mine.
You can see where the bottom of my front fender lies in relation to the plate.
If tubes are raised in the tree (front end lowered) or forks are bent clearance would decrease.
Pardon my other V-twin in the background.
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Pretty lucky you did not go down!
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Same thing happened to me. My forks were bent.
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pretty sure that is an Enduro Guardian skid plate. I have a 14 650 with same skidplate and givi engine guards.
Let me know and i can take some pics later tonight if that would be helpful, maybe to compare the mounting location of the plate.
I just added a fenda xtenda and mine is no where close to hitting like that.
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