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Old 08-02-2017, 06:33 AM   #11
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Unnecessary imo but I agree they are cheap insurance and generally look pretty decent. The 1st gen mille's and tuonos have the oil cooler mounted in the bottom of the V of the belly pan directly behind the front tire so they are definitely in the line of fire. My bike has 30k on it and has never eaten a rock (at least not hard enough to damage the cooler) nor have I heard anyone else on the forum complain about that happening. Yes it's possible, but pretty damn unlikely.
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Old 08-02-2017, 12:22 PM   #12
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Unnecessary imo but I agree they are cheap insurance and generally look pretty decent. The 1st gen mille's and tuonos have the oil cooler mounted in the bottom of the V of the belly pan directly behind the front tire so they are definitely in the line of fire. My bike has 30k on it and has never eaten a rock (at least not hard enough to damage the cooler) nor have I heard anyone else on the forum complain about that happening. Yes it's possible, but pretty damn unlikely.
Vinnie can speak otherwise, I was with him and riding behind him as he picked up a rock and created a pinhole on 91 south!
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Old 08-05-2017, 09:30 PM   #13
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Finished installing the EvoTech radiator and oil cooler guards earlier today

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After install but before putting the plastics back on:


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The installation instructions left a little to be desired, but if you sit back and look at it, most should be able to figure it out. Overall, I'm happy with them, hopefully I'll never have to put them to the test.

Oh, and I flushed the coolant and replaced with REAL Engine Ice this time, rated for -26*F
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Old 08-06-2017, 01:17 AM   #14
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Yeah Andy (or his cousin the O/G owner of the Duke) put a cox one on it......I'm with you that in all my years of riding only the SD forum mentioned a radiator guard. I couldn't imagine the number of 2-wheeled miles I have and only once did I have a radiator leak and that was on the SMS......and what part of that bike didn't break though?........the valve caps?
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:41 AM   #15
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Yeah Andy (or his cousin the O/G owner of the Duke) put a cox one on it......I'm with you that in all my years of riding only the SD forum mentioned a radiator guard. I couldn't imagine the number of 2-wheeled miles I have and only once did I have a radiator leak and that was on the SMS......and what part of that bike didn't break though?........the valve caps?
Maybe it's more of a European thing? There are a lot of guys across the pond complaining about how shitty their roads are
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The ONE time your on a long distance trip and it stops a rock from causing a leak ,
makes it WORTH it to have some sort of guard on your rad.....
personally I made my own from gutter guard mesh....
I got it at Home Depot for 8 bucks

103,000mi. on my radiator ...no leaks/damage
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