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post #1 of 15 Old 06-27-2012, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone else have as much trouble as I did?

I'm trying to install oem handguards. The screws that came with them are too short for the bar end weights. Spacers are added but they gave me shorter screws then the ones I pulled off. Did the engineers try and put this together after they designed it? Or am I missing something? The way the instructions explain it does not work. I removed the whole assembly in the bar and removed a spacer in there so the original screw catches.
I'm confused, has this been discussed?
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-27-2012, 11:00 PM
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I didn't have issues but that was three months ago. Maybe just re-read the instructions and try again.

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I had the same problem. Screw were about 1/4" too short. I cut the spacer shorter and everything worked fine.

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Read the instructions. The internal spacers are not used. The new screws are shorter and the weights, external spacers and expander with nut and washer are the only parts screwed together.

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I read them, I guess I didn't get that out of them. I figured it out though. I only removed one spacer and it was fine. All I need now is a top case and I'm off on my first motorcycle trip :beatnik:
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Instructions weren't very clear

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I'm trying to install oem handguards. The screws that came with them are too short for the bar end weights. Spacers are added but they gave me shorter screws then the ones I pulled off. Did the engineers try and put this together after they designed it? Or am I missing something? The way the instructions explain it does not work. I removed the whole assembly in the bar and removed a spacer in there so the original screw catches.
I'm confused, has this been discussed?
There's info in previous threads on this with a quick search:

I had some issues to and posted this after:
https://www.stromtrooper.com/804155-post22.html

Here's the whole post:
https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...nd-guards.html

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post #8 of 15 Old 06-28-2012, 01:24 PM
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Completely agree that the Suzuki instructions are garbage for their hand guards. Took me about 30 minutes of just staring at everything before I realized I needed to pull everything out of the bar with the original screw and then reassemble using the provided screws.

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I got confused too but in a different way as I had done it before and things were different. Since nothing was going well, I punted and read the instructions. Then the difference was clear. I've got to say Phil, I doubt you read the instructions before diving in, same as me. The instructions are okay, I just didn't read them first.

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Unfortunately, Greywolf, I did read the instructions, but I am admittedly mechanically inept...

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