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#1003423 - 01/10/18 09:15 PM Valve Cover Guards  
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Anyone have input on BMW's 77148533745 valve cover guards and/or previous posts on cover guards in general? Please don't provide feedback on crash bars; I'm not interested. I'm mostly interested in covers with a rubber backing and replaceable pads on the outside. Thanks.


2016 BMW R1200RT
2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 (Sold)
2002 BMW R1150RT (Sold)
2004 Kawasaki Mean Streak (Sold)
#1003426 - 01/10/18 10:52 PM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: Daddoz777]  
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I had them they work and you can replace the outside contact point. If you have you saddle bag on they will get marked in drop. Not sure what your question was, hope I gave you some of what you are after

Jay

#1003431 - 01/10/18 11:57 PM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: Daddoz777]  
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Originally Posted by Daddoz777
Anyone have input on BMW's 77148533745 valve cover guards and/or previous posts on cover guards in general? Please don't provide feedback on crash bars; I'm not interested. I'm mostly interested in covers with a rubber backing and replaceable pads on the outside. Thanks.


I have them and recommend them. Easy to install and look great. They may muffle the valve noise a bit also. I haven't had to test their crashworthiness, fortunately.

Last crash bars I installed on a bike were on my '76 CB550K back in the day. smile


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'16 R1200RT (RT #5)
#1003450 - 01/11/18 05:30 AM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: strataj]  
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Originally Posted by strataj
I had them they work and you can replace the outside contact point. If you have you saddle bag on they will get marked in drop. Not sure what your question was, hope I gave you some of what you are after

Jay

The BMW ones seemed good but I couldn't find any posts or reviews of anybody saying yea or nay. Had also wondered if there were other brands folks were happy with. Was also wondering about the rear cases but it looks like without bars they're going to get munched if the bike goes over.


2016 BMW R1200RT
2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 (Sold)
2002 BMW R1150RT (Sold)
2004 Kawasaki Mean Streak (Sold)
#1003451 - 01/11/18 05:55 AM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: Daddoz777]  
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Look at the MachineArtMoto valve cover protectors applicable to your engine.
Very sturdy and look good.

JR356

#1003458 - 01/11/18 01:35 PM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: Daddoz777]  
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I put them on my bike and like them. They are well constructed of metal with replaceable inserts, an easy DYI install and they look great. Can't tell you how well they work and hope to never know that information. Search forum history as there was a long thread on valve cover guards and crash bars. Some folks want the more substantial bars for greater protection and ability to mount hiway pegs and driving lights. I went with the cover guards you are looking at because IMOHO all of the the crash bars being offered detract from the bikes looks more than I liked.


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#1003542 - 01/12/18 10:31 PM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: JR356]  
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Originally Posted by JR356
Look at the MachineArtMoto valve cover protectors applicable to your engine.
Very sturdy and look good.

JR356


+1 on the MachineArtMoto guards! Very well made and will do the job.

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#1003594 - 01/13/18 08:29 PM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: Daddoz777]  
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I have them. Haven't drop-tested them. Mine came without installation instructions, but somebody here provided them. And you do need them, because there are a couple of substitutions of old parts for new parts during installation that aren't intuitively obvious (at least to me). Also, note that the mounting point on the underside of the cylinder is tapped at an angle. Getting all three mounting holes to line up can be a little tough, because you have to compress the rubber pad on the inside a little bit. As I recall, I found it easier if I installed the screws in a different order than called for in the instructions, but I've forgotten what it was.


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#1003759 - 01/17/18 02:20 AM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: JR356]  
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Originally Posted by JR356
Look at the MachineArtMoto valve cover protectors applicable to your engine.
Very sturdy and look good.

JR356

plus 1


Southern AL / NW Florida
#1003835 - 01/18/18 12:11 AM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: Daddoz777]  
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I didn't reference the part number for the BMW guards, but I assume they are the same. I have a 2016 RT and I did extensive research, and decided on the BMW guards. I liked the thick rubber pad on the inside. I was making a slow, tight u-turn and put my foot down to help keep me up, but I was in a dirt shoulder and my foot slipped out, and down I went. The guard got scraped on the bottom, and I didn't bother changing the plastic cover. I damaged the side case, and mirror housing. A quick $1,000. I purchased Illium guards for less than $300, cheap insurance in case there is a next time. The RT goes over in an instant. I've had a couple of close calls in parking areas trying to push backwards, and hitting a little patch of dirt or gravel. I would recommend the Illium guards, they install in one minute (after you do the initial installation of the hardware brackets).


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