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post #1 of 36 Old 04-14-2017, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Quality of Givi crash guards just received for DL650

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I just received the Givi crash guards for my DL650. There were two paint nics on the flanges and the welds don't look great. One weld was not even complete. Pictures below. I know what a good weld looks like but I think these look like hack jobs. Am I being too harsh considering the price point of the guards? Are these similar to what others have received? I don't want to send them back esp. if I'll just receive another set of the same, but I am a little miffed. I'd appreciate any feedback. thanks.
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post #2 of 36 Old 04-14-2017, 08:02 PM
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The welds are all [email protected] I was shocked to see how poor they were on my '12 when I picked it up from the dealer.

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I wouldn't worry about those two chips because they will be covered up and would take decades to rust out from that location. However, those welds look like a 3rd grader did them and I would return them. I like my SW-Motech crash guards. The quality seems very nice.

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i too like the quality of my sw-motech bars
i was unhappy and returned a givi skid as well
i am not a welder and i weld better then that
that being said,i think it will be fine-others gave them great reviews
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"-others gave them great reviews"

But, are those great reviews based on initial installation and how the guards appear to the owner or based on how well the guards worked when they crashed?
My SW Motech, got used, held up well in a crash and protected the body work. They got a bit scratched up but BBQ paint covered the scratches..
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I have never ever heard of a weld on any major brand of crash bar "failing." Anyone else?

The weld's in the pictures may not be pretty to some people's eyes, but they show good penetration of the base metal and plenty of material added to the joint. I guess it is all part of meeting a price point. A single nuclear grade weld would cost more than the crash bars sell for.
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Fwiw, it's seems like most of the crashbar complaints I've heard are aimed at the Suzuki OEM bars that come on some Adventure models (they break from vibration).
I've got the Givi bars on my '16 and they've been fine for over 15K miles and several drops (while not moving).
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post #8 of 36 Old 04-15-2017, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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I appreciate everyone's feedback. I agree the likelihood is that the Givi guards would not be a problem, however I have decided to return them and order a set of the SW-Motec guards. I must say, Revzilla was just super about my options and how the return will be handled Plus a little cash. Darn good service. BTW - I just picked up my new Wee today! Thanks again to everyone who chimed in, it always helps. Bruce

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Let us know how the SW Motec welds compare with pictures.
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post #10 of 36 Old 04-15-2017, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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I will and I hope I haven't made something out of nothing!

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