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post #1 of 19 Old 05-18-2012, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Which crash bars fit with the Suzuki engine cowling?

Search was not of much help. Earlier this week, I bought a slightly-used 2012 Wee. It came with the Suzuki lower engine plastic cowling installed. Is this going to interfere with mounting the after-market crash bars? Can anyone recommend a specific brand that will mount with the cowling in place?

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Hepco & Becker will fit with the cowling and won't cause vibrations like the OEM engine guards do.
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Millcreek, I'll have the answer next week on the SW Motech engine guards. I have them mounted and the factory under cowl on the way. From the pictures I have looked over, it looks like the two will fit without interference. BTW, the 2012 SW Motech bars are completely new for this model. I hope they took into account when designing these the need to fit the factory accessory cowling. I really like the fit and quality, I have a set on the '04 Wee also.

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The new 2012 version SW Motech engine guards will fit with the OEM under cowling.

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I had the SW Motech engine guards and had to send them back. They would NOT fit with the OEM under cowling. YMMV
The SW Motech guards for the Pre-2012 Wee will not fit the factory under cowl. They will bolt onto the bike. Maybe you had the early version? I am hoping that is one of the reasons they redesigned the bars for the 2012. It appears there is more room behind the connecting bar on the newer version. At any rate, the under cowl WILL fit with the SW Motech bars on my new Wee, even if I have to break out the plasma cutter and welder! :mrgreen:

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I thought I had the new version for the 2012 model. I didn't!

Update: Sorry about that! Apparently, the guards they sent me were the old style, as the ones I received wouldn't fit with the under cowling. I see these attach just like the H&B guards I have, not using the large engine bolt like the OEM uses. That was why my OEM guards caused vibration, I believe. So sorry I gave the wrong information!

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So I cannot find the H&B engine guards on the Adventure Moto site. Where do you buy them?

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Hepco & Becker will fit with the cowling and won't cause vibrations like the OEM engine guards do.
OEM engine guard does not cuse any vibration in my 2012. Perhaps the guards that cause the vibes were not installed correctly. Just sayin no vibes at all on my bike and should not be a reason to not by the oem guard. However, the oem guard is more money than the Givi and prolly Hepco Becker.
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OEM engine guard does not cuse any vibration in my 2012. Perhaps the guards that cause the vibes were not installed correctly. Just sayin no vibes at all on my bike and should not be a reason to not by the oem guard. However, the oem guard is more money than the Givi and prolly Hepco Becker.
They may not have caused vibrations on your bike (and they WERE installed correctly), but they did on many others--see link: https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...ibrations.html Some owners had luck taking them off and re-installing. Some had luck separating the two piece crossbar and adding a "shim" between the two pieces. I had no luck with any of that, and switched to different bars.

For the person who asked, I bought my Hepco & Becker engine guards from Adventure Motostuff. Look under Suzuki, 2012 VSTROM, Body and Windshields, Tank Guards. They were $227.00.
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^^^^ Thanks so much for the recommendation. I just ordered a set of H&B crash bars from Moto Machines. The store in Nevada is out of stock.

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