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post #1 of 10 Old 04-27-2017, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Time for another Enduro Guardian skid plate thread

All the threads I could find were at least a few years old, so I think it's about time for another.

After shopping the available options for my K7 DL1000, Enduro Guardian is the clear leader. I'm pretty much sold on going the aluminum route. No, not cheap. But, a good bit lighter.

Any thoughts on the highway pegs? I'm tall-ish (6'2") and wondering if those would even be comfortable for me. I had some really crappy "highway pegs" on the bike when I bought it, but they were up way too high, being mounted (poorly!) on the front cross member of the Givi crash bars. This meant my feet were pretty much at the level of the radiator, so my knees were bent to a comical degree. Not comfortable.

But, I see the Enduro Guardian pegs are a lot lower.

I do plan to order the upgraded hardware kit.

I'll probably get the kickstand switch guard as well. I believe it only comes in steel, so, no material debate there.

I do mostly highway riding, which is why I was thinking about the highway pegs. I'm also looking forward to plenty of unimproved road or trail riding this summer. And the cheesy plastic "guard" from the factory doesn't seem like enough. Last weekend, I lightly scraped my SW Motech center stand on a rock. No damage done other than scratched powdercoat, but it did convince me I should go ahead and get more bike protection.
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I have the aluminum version on mine. It's been to Death Valley and 100's of miles of dirt, still holding up. Great product. The hwy pegs are on my list.

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At your height those highway pegs should work fine. I do have a riding buddy that says at his height they are a bit of a stretch, he is around 5 9" or 5 10".
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I'm 6'2" and it is a stretch. I'm trying to figure out how to pull them back a littler closer. An alternative would be to put bigger / thicker foot rests.
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I don't know what you could do to get the highway pegs closer, since they attach to the front of the skid plate.

I guess I'll give the highway pegs a shot and see how it works for me.
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I was wondering about sliding the bar with the fold down pegs through one of the slots in the skidpalte and then anchor it. The problem with this approach is that the pegs can't fold out of the way (stopped by the side of the skidplate) as much as they do when mounted in their prescribed location.

Because of the "fold out of the way issue" in any other alternate location, I've been thinking about going back to mounting them in the prescribed location but looking at adding thicker foot pads. There's plenty of room where they fold into.

Even though not an ideal solution, I really appreciated having them on a 3300 mile trip.
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You got me looking at my Enduro Guard skidplate and the accessory highway pegs for a solution. Last year, I had them mounted to the front of the skidplate as instructed and although it worked and relieved "ass pressure" when needed most, the pegs were too far forward for optimal use.

I'm looking to mount them on the inside / backside of the skidplate rather than outside / in front. If using the EOM hardware, that should pull the pegs back ~2". If I need more (a shorter inseam), I'm guessing I could use longer "U" bolts (would require you to design / install a filler block) and that would bring the pegs back another 1"-2".

I'll update on the results in furture.
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Since it was raining like crazy here, I had time to modify the Enduro Guardian (EG) skidplate in a way to get the highway pegs back further, so they aren't a big stretch (I'm 6'2" and a bit too far for me since I modified my seat to sit back further to un-cramp the legs / knees).

I used a die grinder on the aluminum to open up the lower edge of the top triangular opening to the point that the bar for the EG highway pegs could slide through. This location is similar to, but back about 2"-2.5" from, the original mounting location on the outside of the skidplate (utilizing the same mounting holes as before). The EG supplied "U" bolts were too short to capture the bar and anchor to the skidplate, so I bought longer ones.

If you look closely, you can see that I have pieces of bicycle inner-tube on the "U" bolts as before to absorb vibration and provide some grip to prevent rotation.

At this point, this setup is temporary. I need to get out and try it. I can enlarge that opening another 1" to the rear. In either case, I want to cut up blocks of polyethylene (I have a 1/4" x 2'x4' sheet of black) to fill in between the bar and the rear surface of the skidplate to firmly secure everything and not deform the bar.

The pegs appear to fold up and out of the way for off-road riding but I could shave the rubber foot pads where they contact the edge of the skidplate to get them to lean in a little more. You can see that I extended the outer most bolts holding the rubber foot pad so I can catch with the sole of my boot and lower without stopping.
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I'm interested in getting the low-mounted highway pegs. I'm 6'5", all legs, so I think the low mounting will really work for me. Do I definitely need a skid plate to mount these? I didn't think you could mount any pegs to the stock cowl. Honestly, I doubt I'll be doing a ton of off-roading and the skid plate is probably overkill. If there are any other cheaper options, I'd be interested to know what they are. I'm not opposed to spending the money if it's the best option at a comparable price range ($150-300).

*Update: I'm not actually seeing the highway pegs on the EG website, though I thought they sold them.

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If you have no skid plate look for these: Dan Vesel highways pegs kit.
https://www.stromtrooper.com/4090281-post19.html

There are may threads about this subject. Google here for more info.

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