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post #1 of 8 Old 07-11-2012, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone else think the stock muffler shield too small?

I'm communicating with Dan over at "[email protected]" to design and build a mod for the existing OEM muffler shield.

I think the OEM shield is too small, does not cover "down" far enough to prevent soft luggage from contacting (and melting) the hot muffler on the side, especially when the cycle is on it's side stand.

He makes an aftermarket shield for aftermarket mufflers that offers lots of protection to soft luggage, but it's not compatible with the OEM muffler mounting holes and brackets.

I think we can make an accessory that supplements the existing shield by mounting "underneath" the existing shield onto the OEM brackets and "flolding over and down" the muffler side a bit further.

Dan would like to know if anyone else is interested? He's saying $25-30 + shipping...

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-11-2012, 12:15 PM
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If for the 2012 Strom, I would be interested. I bought Dan's luggage/tool tube guard for the left. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my Nelson Rigg CL-850 luggage does just fine on the right with the stock muffler shield. I had to use racks on my DR650. My luggage on the right has not melted or been burned.

I had actually asked Dan about his aftermarket shield for the right side, and he said it would not be necessary. He was right.

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I was thinking of going this route,

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If for the 2012 Strom, I would be interested. I bought Dan's luggage/tool tube guard for the left. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my Nelson Rigg CL-850 luggage does just fine on the right with the stock muffler shield. I had to use racks on my DR650. My luggage on the right has not melted or been burned.

I had actually asked Dan about his aftermarket shield for the right side, and he said it would not be necessary. He was right.
I'd seen you comment on this before, on a thread about PMR racks (here: https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...ce-needed.html )

I'm as surprised as you, I guess. I would have thought they would eventually collapse slightly on the "back" (the side next to the shield), lean in, and fry on the muffler.

No, huh? Well, that's good news about the quality of the Nelson Rigg bags.

I guess I'm gonna have another look at it tonite on the cycle, and try not to think too hard about this "small" stuff.

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If for the 2012 Strom, I would be interested. I bought Dan's luggage/tool tube guard for the left. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my Nelson Rigg CL-850 luggage does just fine on the right with the stock muffler shield. I had to use racks on my DR650. My luggage on the right has not melted or been burned.

I had actually asked Dan about his aftermarket shield for the right side, and he said it would not be necessary. He was right.
I too have nelson rigg soft bags (I use them on my GSXR all the time). I threw them over the new strom and I didn't think it would work out with that small exhaust shield. Oh well. Good excuse to buy the top case

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I'd seen you comment on this before, on a thread about PMR racks (here: https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...ce-needed.html )

I'm as surprised as you, I guess. I would have thought they would eventually collapse slightly on the "back" (the side next to the shield), lean in, and fry on the muffler.

No, huh? Well, that's good news about the quality of the Nelson Rigg bags.

I guess I'm gonna have another look at it tonite on the cycle, and try not to think too hard about this "small" stuff.
I do have my bags set fairly far forward, so as to make sure that the rear edge of the foam under mat of the bags is in contact with the rear edge of the stock muffler shield. If you wanted to set the bags farther back, I could see the potential for problems.

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post #7 of 8 Old 07-11-2012, 05:27 PM
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Also, those are nice looking racks. I had the DR650 racks from the same company in San Diego, and they were absolutely bomb proof. It looks as if he has done another wonderful job on the Strom racks. I may get a set just for the heck of it. Even when I did not have my bags on the DR, the racks saved the plastics/turn signals a couple of times when the DR took a nap.

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Nice Rack!

Yup, they are nice, huh? and, they're available now...

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