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post #1 of 27 Old 06-07-2006, 07:30 PM
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SW-Motech Crash Bar Install

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How difficult is the SW-Motech Crash Bar install (on the 650)? Do you have to support the motor when removing the long motor-mount thingy?

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post #2 of 27 Old 06-07-2006, 08:29 PM
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No, you don't need to support the motor, and installation is pretty straightforward. I have that crashbar and the entire install maybe took me 30 minutes, if that.

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I agree, it's pretty painless once you remove the hardware that Suzuki torqued to nine million foot-pounds.

I made one minor mistake - I put both bars on before I installed the piece that joins the bars in front of the engine (silver piece that says SWMotech on it). Oops. Had to take one bar off in order to add that piece - make sure you slide it onto the first bar before installing the second.

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Yes, easy install. If you own a torque wrench leave it in the tool box as the hardware that comes w/the bars is not the same grade as the OEM hardware which you will be replacing. I found this out the hard way when I sheared one of the bolts off while using the torque specs listed in the manual.

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Thanks for all of the help I bought the V-Strom and then proceeded to order lots of stuff for it. I am just waiting for the stuff to arrive then I will install it the second I get home.
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Yes, easy install. If you own a torque wrench leave it in the tool box as the hardware that comes w/the bars is not the same grade as the OEM hardware which you will be replacing. I found this out the hard way when I sheared one of the bolts off while using the torque specs listed in the manual.
Long-time lurker here, and I just picked up my V-Strom this past Friday.

I realize that this is an old post, but I'm hoping that someone will pick up on it and provide an answer.

I've got the SW-Motech crash bars and was searching the net for the torque specs when I stumbled upon this post.

I would hate to shear a bolt. Can anyone advise on the install of these crash bars...do I just apply blue Loc-Tite and get the bolts good and snug? Another user commented that the bolts do not have to be as tight as one might expect. It sounds to me like competent work, getting them good and tight, with the Loc-Tite might be sufficient?

Thank you in advance. Any comments are appreciated.
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A five year old thread?!?!

Check out the PDF under the "related Files" heading below the video.

TwistedThrottle.com : SW-MOTECH Rally Crashbars/Engine Guards (Suzuki DL650 V-Strom, '04-) - SBL.05.674.10000.B

I'm sure you can find an online newton/meters converter if you need it.

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There are two types of SW-Motech crash bars. One uses only the 8mm bolts. The other lsouses a large through bolt that goes from one side of the engine to the other. The large through bolt torque is 54lb-ft. The smaller 8mm bolts are 16.5lb-ft. There is an error in the DL650 manual that says the 8mm bolts need 25.5lb-ft. That spec is for 10mm bolts. Bolt sizes are always shank sizes, not head sizes.

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Long-time lurker here, and I just picked up my V-Strom this past Friday.

I realize that this is an old post, but I'm hoping that someone will pick up on it and provide an answer.

I've got the SW-Motech crash bars and was searching the net for the torque specs when I stumbled upon this post.

I would hate to shear a bolt. Can anyone advise on the install of these crash bars...do I just apply blue Loc-Tite and get the bolts good and snug? Another user commented that the bolts do not have to be as tight as one might expect. It sounds to me like competent work, getting them good and tight, with the Loc-Tite might be sufficient?

Thank you in advance. Any comments are appreciated.
The previous info (2006) about install is outdated as SW has changed the design (for the better IMHO) See this thread for some info. https://www.stromtrooper.com/v-strom-...lly-pan-2.html Page 2 shows a new SW and how simple it is to install.

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The previous info (2006) about install is outdated as SW has changed the design (for the better IMHO) See this thread for some info. https://www.stromtrooper.com/v-strom-...lly-pan-2.html Page 2 shows a new SW and how simple it is to install.
I hated to resurect a 5 year old thread, but I'd hate even more to mess up the install on my new white beauty.

As I've found in my days of lurking here, there is nothing that you guys don't know. Thank you for the advice.

Honest Bob, your info was especially helpful. I see from your photos that the main bolt running through the bike doesn't even need to come out. My instructions state that this bolt must be removed; perhaps I've got instructions to the old model.

It's too late for me to continue the project tonight, but hopefully I'll knock it out tomorrow evening after work. I'll post a few pics when it's complete.

Again, thank you.
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