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post #1 of 6 Old 08-27-2005, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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My attempt at a Radiator Guard

Well I didn't even make it home from the dealer after picking up a brand new DL650 before something put a nice dent in my radiator fins. I couldn't believe that Suzuki didn't put any kind of screen over the radiator. I tried to order the SW-Motech screen from twisted throttle, but they seem to be on back order until October. So I decided to make something up.

I wanted to use gutter mesh, but I couldn't find anything that was over 5 inches tall. The stock radiator guard is about 8 inches tall. I found a roll of 20 guage galvanized .5 inch mess fancing and decided to use this. It cost about $7 but I have enough to make about 30 or so radiator screens. :lol:

I cut it to fit.


I painted it with a few coats of black paint and attached it with zip ties.


Its not the best radiator screen in the world. I wish the meshing would have been smaller, maybe like a .25 inch mesh. It should stop some of the larger things that hit the radiator. Anything has to be better then what came stock, nothing! It was easy to make, and I have plenty left to make another one if this one gets tore up.

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-27-2005, 06:44 PM
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Nice job! Are you selling any of those?

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Thank you. No, I'm not selling them. It's easy to do, if you feel like giving it a try, I'll be more then happy to answer any question you may have.

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Great Job!
If I were you, I would cancel the order from twistedthrottle and keep the one on that you made.

I have the Touratech guard on my 1000, and it has proven to be a very important addition. I have had several rock and bird hits that I am sure would have damaged the radiator if it wasn't guarded.



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Thanks. I have indeed canceled that order. Thats what prompted me to put a little thought into the homemade version. Desperate people do desperate things. :lol:

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Thanks for the layout etc. I managed to get some 6mm ( approx .25 inch ) mesh today and made one by counting your 'squares' and then doubling.

Fits fine and I'm hoping it will save my fins any more wear and tear.

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