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post #1 of 3 Old 04-21-2011, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Engine Guard Installation

Anybody have any advice on installing Givi Engine Guards on a new Wee Strom? I have the 2004 service manual and it mentions that the bolts for the engine are self locking and should be discarded after they're loosened. Has anyone installed these guards themselves? Will the torque values for the '04 be good for my 2011? Also the manual says to THREAD LOCK...thoughts? Any help would be greatly appreciated. It seems like a simple job and I'd like to try installation myself but maybe I'm being overly optimistic.
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-21-2011, 10:38 AM
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Depending on the specific bike, the factory bolts may or may not have thread locker on them. There was a point where the factory began using it. They are not self locking. Some nuts are self locking but I know of no bolts that are. If a reasonable amount of pressure on the stock bolts doesn't crack them loose, stick a hot soldering iron in the bolt head socket for a minute to defeat any thread locker. Don't round off the bolt head.

Givi bolts are thought by some to be made of cheese. Be careful with them. Running a tap, thread chaser, or a good, hard bolt of the proper shank size with a few flutes cut along the shank can help clean out any old thread locker or powder coat. That's the stuff that causes problems with the Givi bolts. Some people don't use them at all but buy better quality ones to start with. They shouldn't be a problem if the tapped holes are clean though.

The manual has an error on the torque spec for those bolts. It says 25.5lb-ft but somebody read that off the wrong row on the standard torque table when writing the manual. 25.5lb-ft is correct for 10mm shank bolts. The bolts in question here are 8mm and need 16.5lb-ft. The DL1000 has the same 8mm bolts and correctly specifies 16.5lb-ft.

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post #3 of 3 Old 04-21-2011, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the quick advice! I had some issues with the Givi bolts when installing my bags. The first time through, no issues, but after having to take off the whole shebang due to a missed step (DOH!), the Givi bolts were very difficult to crank back down in the same taps. I got them in after some considerable effort and don't plan on removing anytime soon, but I'll look for a better bolt if for some reason I need to. Thanks again! I think I'll tackle the new install this weekend.
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