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OEM Adventure Engine guards. The gap between plastic and bars is different on each side. One gap is 3X the other. I never noticed how it was when I purchased the bike. Since then, there were a few slight impacts on the guards. :mrgreen:

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I think if it was my bike, I would pull the close side out a little. Not so much because of appearance but if the bike falls on that side with the bars as they are now, the bar might get into the fairling.
 

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I think if it was my bike, I would pull the close side out a little. Not so much because of appearance but if the bike falls on that side with the bars as they are now, the bar might get into the fairling.
Yes, I agree with that. I am also wondering if the gaps are asymmetrical from the factory.
 

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For all practical purposes mine is symmetrical. About 7/8 at the rear side and about 21/4 on the front, measuring at the same points on each side. I would want to know why it's off, whether bent or missing or misplaced spacer. If bent I would try to ascertain where and bend it back if possible.
 

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Itm ight just bent al ittle bit. Doesn't look like it's that big of a deal honestly, It's going to be bent anyways.. It's not so much a big deal. I would just live with it, I don't like bending things back because it might actually cause more damage than it'd fix!
 

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I would want to know why it's off, whether bent or missing or misplaced spacer.
I am sure it is my fault. Go to 4:17 and you will see how/when it got bent. This is the only time the left side guard took a hit. I am on the fence about bending it back.

 

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They seem to have done what you paid for them to do.

Live with them bend them back or replace.

I think there was a thread on thei site about using ratchet straps to bend them back
 

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Please know I am not complaining; just contemplating my next move. Bending them back will weaken them. If I replace them, I need to research alternatives to the OEM bars. I seem to remember significant discussion on that topic.

They seem to have done what you paid for them to do.

Live with them bend them back or replace.

I think there was a thread on thei site about using ratchet straps to bend them back
 

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Update: Fixed in 5 minutes; one person.

I read all the threads about the pros and cons of bending the guards back to OEM specs. In addition, I read the thread where the guy used a 2 x 4 and a pry bar. That looked over complicated.

I did this myself with a pry bar and the bike was very stable. I positioned the pry bar as pictured, reached over the bike and grabbed the luggage rack and leaned into the pry bar.


After an initial try, it was apparent the bars were willing to bend rather easily. It took three cautious attempts and I was done.

After the adjustment


Before the adjustment
 
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