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post #1 of 17 Old 04-28-2019, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Givi crash bars/engine guards

Thinking of buying a set of these. Read where Givi recommends a professional mechanic install them. Are they difficult to install?
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They are fine for on protection, but their riveted construction would in my opinion make them to weak for anything close to serious off road. Fairly easy to install.
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The Givi crash bars are good quality and very easy to install. I would not get the Givi engine guard as it mounts to the motor and not the frame, thereby still endangering the motor if you bottom out with it. There are much better choices. I have the Ravetech and not only is it heavy duty it also is designed to work with the Givi bars. Another nice feature is that it does not need to be removed to change the oil due to a hole in the plate under he drain screw.
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I have the Givi bars, and as @Hogges says, I personally would opt for the Ravetech skid plate. It fits perfectly with the Givi bars. The Givi bars may not be as beefy as the Outback Motortech, but I think they are pretty good. I did the crash bar install but had some grief with one engine mounting/ bar mounting bolt. Other than that, the install is not too difficult. It takes some time, and there are a few threads that have some tips. A search should turn up some good posts.

I have the OEM centre stand the Ravetech skid plate fits perfectly with that as well. Again, look at the Outback Motortech, as they have a complete package that may be worth considering.

If you do get the Givi/ Ravetech parts, I'll be happy to help with advice if you need it.
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The Givi crash bars are good quality and very easy to install. I would not get the Givi engine guard as it mounts to the motor and not the frame, thereby still endangering the motor if you bottom out with it. There are much better choices. I have the Ravetech and not only is it heavy duty it also is designed to work with the Givi bars. Another nice feature is that it does not need to be removed to change the oil due to a hole in the plate under he drain screw.
Whats the difference between the crash bars and engine guard? Or is an engine guard a splash plate?
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Big B, did you mount those highway pegs on the Givi crash bars?
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I have both the Givi crash bars and the Givi engine guard installed on my "17 DL 650. The crash bars install fairly easily if you have basic mechanical sense, patience, and access to a torque wrench. The instructions, like all Givi instructions are like those from the Blue and Yellow Furniture Stores; pictogram with no wording. There is a slight bit of interference fit, which I think was designed in to keep a small amount of tension on the crash bar assembly in order to keep them tight during torque twist and frame flex.
The engine guard is made of 3mm aluminum and as mentioned elsewhere, mounts directly to the engine and is riveted together; more of an "oil filter cover" or pebble shield really, which is what I was mainly concerned about. I ride mostly pavement with some gravel roads, but not any rough or rocky terrain, At only 3mm thick, It won't survive a hard bottoming or high center, and IMO would cushion a hard impact and give out before any damage would occur to the engine case. If you plan to do some serious off roading, then a frame-mounted engine guard would be a better choice.
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Big B, did you mount those highway pegs on the Givi crash bars?
Sorry....I posted my pics in the wrong thread, meant to do so in a highway peg thread. I have OEM crash bars and Weld86 skid plate, but Givi makes great bars for the money.

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Thinking of buying a set of these. Read where Givi recommends a professional mechanic install them. Are they difficult to install?
Good choice?
not at alleasy to instal ,just follow the pictures
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