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post #1 of 18 Old 10-16-2010, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Home made radiator guard.

Bear in mind this is a street bike, if it was more dirt oriented, the guard would be a slightly finer mesh and wrap under the radiator.
So, as I found yet again, a radiator guard, which takes 30-45 minutes to make and install, costs between $50-180. I find this offensive, so once again I made my own.
Measure the outside dimensions of radiator, transfer to mesh. Cut 50mm (2") outside these marke and bend mesh to lines. Offer up to radiator, mark any areas that need trimming or bending. Trim and bend, final fit. Grind corners smooth, paint, apply rubber tape to radiator side tanks to prevent guard wearing through and fit with three cable ties and use fairings to hold the sides.
Materials required: scrap expanded mesh, cable ties, rubber tape, hammertone paint.
Tools required: angle grinder or wire cutters and a file, a vise or something to bend the mesh over (like a bench top), a pen and a tape measure.
The beauty of expanded mesh is that it's strong, yet easy to bend and work, plus if you look at it on an angle, it offers lots of protection from impact at angles, yet offers little restriction to air flow.
It's good enough for road debris and big bugs.:mrgreen:
Job's done:


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post #2 of 18 Old 12-02-2010, 07:00 AM
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After I made mine today, I found this thread....

I picked up my radiator today after it was repaired following a stick being driven through it. I decided guard is essential. A new radiator is A$700.

My guard is expanded steel mesh cut from a length of GumLeaf gutter leaf guard I bought from a local hardware store (Bunnings for Aussie readers). It is much stronger than aluminium expanded mesh suggested elsewhere. The leaf guard was bent but it was a simple job to flatten it out again.



The flattened 1 metre length of mesh was exactly 200 mm wide and thus matched the Strom's radiator. I cut the mesh slightly longer than the width of the radiator core so that it would clip into place in the grooves in the header tank-fin junction. I'll add a couple of cable ties for security.

The sides of the metal have a strip of U-channel rubber run along them. I had a roll of it in the garage left over from a job.

Now my question is, do I have the mesh opening facing up or down? If it faces down, I think it will be better for air flow into the radiaotr but I reckon the screen will be more susceptible to penetration by sticks.

I'll post pix tomorrow after I make up a replacement oil cooler screen.

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At last, the pics!

Why do we need it? Well, this is the Strom radiator after being penetrated by, I think, a stick:



This is the starting point, a piece of expanded steel gutter leaf guard before flattening it:



After cutting to shape and fitting a rubber lip right around the mesh. The guard sits into the grooves in the header tank. Sorry I forgot to take a close up.



This is the rubber I used (the rule is marked in mm):



Inserted into the radiator - slightly overlength so it locks into place (it bows out) and ....



... and when pressed in the centre, it springs back and seats against the radiator:



and the finished job.



The mesh is orientated so that stick coming up from below will slide across the mesh rather than digging in. This may affect the airflow. I'll soon know as it's coming up for summer and we'll be in the high 30s/low 40s (Celsius) soon enough.

I'll add the oil cooler tomorrow.

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I made the oil cooler guard slightly larger than the original as I needed the original to sit inside the rubber surround. I also wanted a bit more protection at the sides. The corners aren't symmetrical owing to the way the mesh cuts when the corners are trimmed off.



The new guard is cable tied to the original guard and the original is remounted in the same way as it was before the mod. Yes, the rubber strip sits against the exhaust down pipe and melts.




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cool, looks simple and is very effective

Thanks for showing it.
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Will the zip-ties hold up to the heat??

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Well, it's been on for nearly a year....

I suppose I could put new cable ties on (I wonder if the guards are still there.

I had no overheating problems last summer with the mesh direction (see earlier post). Summer here is HOT.

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Zip ties do get brittle (dry out) and crack/break..........probably good to change them out every 6 months or so??

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Zip ties do get brittle (dry out) and crack/break..........probably good to change them out every 6 months or so??
Hmm. I had better do that as the ties have been on for nearly 2 years.

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