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New to the wee.Is there any problem changing oil and filter with this skid plate installed ?


Well to do the light oil change there is no issues with the skid plate on but if you're changing the filter I'm almost sure you have to take the plate off, I'm due for and oil and filter change in a month or so I'll let you know


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Totally agree. I bought the bags too and one of the snaps was messed up. I let them know and within a week I had a replacement bag. The bars are fantastic and I think they follow the lines of the bike better than any other.
I am going to have to call them and see if they will replace my bags as well then. I put them on and had them on for a week or so before I needed to take them off and one of the snaps just came apart in the strap so I have a strap just flapping. Which is not a big deal but fit and finish wise, I would like to have it fixed.

I will say though that my heed bars have already paid for themselves and then some. My first foray into the woods I resulted in a mishap that would have been pretty costly had I not had these bars on. They took it like a champ and did their jobs. Not a scratch on the bike itself and even the bars are not scratched that bad (and it wasn't for a lack of trying :razz: ) Very good investment.
 

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I just installed the crash bars on my '14 DL1000. The install was smooth (despite the hard to understand instructions). I am really happy with the look and quality of the bars.

The snap came off one of the bags when I was unsnapping it for the first time to put it on the bars. It sends like a couple of other posters experienced something similar.

Overall I am pretty stoked and can't wait to show them off to my riding buddies.

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Follow up? After a couple of years how are they holding up? Would you make that same purchase again? Did you stick with their bags or rid up something else? Were their bags sturdy in the long haul?
 

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Rather interested to know how the turned out for people as well.. Although, I have a 2018 1000XT and I don't see a listing for them anywhere... so may be a moot point.
 

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Rather interested to know how the turned out for people as well.. Although, I have a 2018 1000XT and I don't see a listing for them anywhere... so may be a moot point.
U can find them on their web site. They are 220$ with shiping, I have 2018 xt to so I'm looking for one.

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Good looking stuff. Found them fairly quickly on ebay seller is heed_heed (can't post a link because I only have three posts) :frown2:

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That's OK, links to eBay and even Amazon become invalid fairly quickly. It's better to just tell people what search terms to use. Saying the name of the vendor is good.
 

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I currently have SW-Motech skid plate on my bike. I would love to have the Heed crash bars. However, I have concern where the Heed bars connect point underneath and the top of the SW-Motech skin plate connection point running into each other. Does anyone Know if they would be compatible?
 

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I currently have SW-Motech skid plate on my bike. I would love to have the Heed crash bars. However, I have concern where the Heed bars connect point underneath and the top of the SW-Motech skin plate connection point running into each other. Does anyone Know if they would be compatible?
I dont think so. Heed web site sais that their skid plate is compatible only with heed crash bars. Bo go online and ask them.

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neither heed or happy trails could tell me if the heed crash bars would fit w/ a happy trails skid plate on my '18 dl1000.... inspection of heed crash bar & happy trails skid plate photos suggested they probably would work together....

they do fit fine w/ one caveat:
the left&right lower crossover bar on the heeds are not symetrical - the right side angles up a bit more (or earlier as it proceeds from the outside/lateral to mid area - if that makes sense).... consequently it is not possible to use the right billet half clamp to join the happy trails plate/joiner piece (which also bolts to the skid plate proper).... a u-bolt work fine.... tightening the u-bolt causes the top part of the joiner piece to bend slightly..... no big deal - not really noticeable & does not impact integrity of the skid plate......

anyone know if the ht skid plate creates a problem in mounting cat-free pipe - arrow or dekevic?
 

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Is the skid plate substantial enough to lift the bike with a scissor type floor jack? That is, the kind of jack that has a wide flat base. I would only be lifting either the front or rear wheel off the ground at one time, not the whole bike.
 

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New on here but I have the Heed skidplate and crashbars. I HAVE used it to lift the bike. However, there is an open area in the design that you need to avoid. I place the jack near the formed "nose" of the skid plate or near the rear mounting points
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I wish I had looked at this thread before ordering my heed skidplate (got the crash bars as well). The crash bars look great, I have no issue with them but the skidplate left me disappointed. My other vstrom has the Enduro Guardian (Narcosis Junky) skidplate which is no longer produced. It is extremely durable, I had hoped this would be the same. When I opened the box yesterday the gaping hole in the skidplate shocked me but I would have known about it had I looked at this thread! I'm going to install it since I paid for it and don't have much other option but I fully expect it to not be as durable as the Enduro Guardian. In the future I may weld a plate over the hole to beef it up a bit.
 

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I bought the HEED crashbars, skidplate and centerstand as a package. The first thing was the amazing packing job. It looked like they prepared to send it across the North Atlantic in the dead of winter on the foredeck of the Hesperus. The crashbars are definitely beefier than the OEM bars (which folded in a slow, garage tipover). As has been pointed out the instructions leave something to be desired but the hardest part was breaking loose the OEM hardware. All things considered this is some sturdy well made stuff. The skidplate is roomy enough to allow changing the oil filter without removing the plate. Their customer service is excellent, any questions were answered quickly.
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I ordered Heed crash bars for my 2007 Vee just before Thanksgiving, and they're currently in Customs Limbo. I'll be pleasantly surprised if they are delivered before Xmas.

I have an Enduro Guardian skid plate. Could not see any reason the Heed crash bars shouldn't work with it, took a chance. We'll see when the bars get here.

I have the Givi crash bars already (TN528) but there was a feature of the Heed design that I liked better, so decided to give them a shot.
 

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Heed crash bars disappeared during shipping. No update for a month, as of today. They have to have been either stolen or lost.

I emailed Heed yesterday to ask whether the crash bars were shipped with insurance. Need to know that to file a missing mail claim with USPS.

I don't want a refund, I want the product. But it's looking like I'll have to settle for the former.
 
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