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#565363 - 02/02/10 05:30 PM ZTechnick Engine Guards on R1200RT
Arizona_oldguy Offline
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Has anyone had any experience installing the Z7101 ZTechnik Engine Guards on an R1200RT? Any experience with hard landings?

I am ready for my 3rd set of the plastic ones, and would have saved lots of expense and damage to two sets of heads even with the plastic guards, if I had bars.

Glenn


Edited by Arizona_oldguy (02/02/10 05:31 PM)
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#565371 - 02/02/10 06:08 PM Re: ZTechnick Engine Guards on R1200RT [Re: Arizona_oldguy]
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Went on easy as pie, no need to remove tupperware. Haven't tested them, don't intend to, but they look beefy!

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#565422 - 02/02/10 08:40 PM Re: ZTechnick Engine Guards on R1200RT [Re: moshe_levy]
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About a week ago, I asked a question regarding those particular bars, as I was concerned that the rear of the valve cover was not protected. ZTechnik product manager Jeff Wolbers replied:

"Our Engine Guards are designed to protect the valve heads/covers in the event of a tipover or low speed incident. In these cases, they work as designed, no damage to the cylinder heads. In higher speed events, or if dropped on even terrain (rocks, etc) there could be damage to the head covers. An RT is unlikely to go off-road. As for higher speed events, there is no way to protect the RT's heads without cutting the fairing to expose additional attachment points."

I'm now looking at an equally expensive product offered by Wunderlich.
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#565465 - 02/02/10 10:28 PM Re: ZTechnick Engine Guards on R1200RT [Re: ExGMan]
workin them angels Offline
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How did you damage the plastic guards? (drop/tip over or slide?) That may help you decide which way to go. There are a few metal head protectors (not 'crash' bars)out there you might want to look at.

While I've not *yet* taken the plunge on engine protection, I'd been leaning towards the Wunderlich set, as they *claim* the bars don't reduce cornering angles.


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#565520 - 02/03/10 06:41 AM Re: ZTechnick Engine Guards on R1200RT [Re: workin them angels]
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I looked at the Wunderlich too, but went with the Zs since they're so damn easy to install (I was done in 40 minutes, with both sides, and believe me I was going slow as this is the first time I took a wrench to the bike). Plus, they look nicer and they seem to provide at least equal protection. Those main tubes are 1" diameter, and that's stainless steel! You could go crazy with valve cover guards but this is an RT, not a GS.

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#565538 - 02/03/10 08:00 AM Re: ZTechnick Engine Guards on R1200RT [Re: moshe_levy]
spots Offline
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Wasn't there someone on this board that punctured their engine hitting a curb with engine guards?

Yep: http://tinyurl.com/ygy2fnn
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#565543 - 02/03/10 08:17 AM Re: ZTechnick Engine Guards on R1200RT [Re: spots]
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Registered: 07/30/08
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Don't overlook the Touratech bars. They are a little tedious to install, but are pretty reasonable to deal with in service. They don't make the claim not to reduce cornering clearance, but I've tried my best and I haven't been able to touch one down yet...
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#565562 - 02/03/10 09:14 AM Re: ZTechnick Engine Guards on R1200RT [Re: spots]
GordonB Offline
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Originally Posted By: spots
Wasn't there someone on this board that punctured their engine hitting a curb with engine guards?


Yes, but that was a rare incident that could've damaged his engine regardless, let's not go thru that debate again.

FWIW, my Wunderich eguipped RT has tipped over in a parking lot (kickstand not down), no side cases, but a top case. There was no damage to the tupperware, nor the mirrors, nor the topcase. There was a minor nick at the bottom of the muffler contacting the ground.
That's what the bars bars designed to do.
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#565575 - 02/03/10 09:36 AM Re: ZTechnick Engine Guards on R1200RT [Re: Grumpy-ol-Fart]
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I looked at Touratech but it specifically says it will not fit '09 models. I have no idea why as I am not aware of huge changes between the earlier Hexhead models, but I figured why chance it....

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#565584 - 02/03/10 10:00 AM Re: ZTechnick Engine Guards on R1200RT [Re: Grumpy-ol-Fart]
workin them angels Offline
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I found one question and one opinion on the cited thread particularly intriguing.

1) What are the bottom engine mounts for? It was suggested that they might be for a OEM crash bar - perhaps justifying their use for such use by Wunderlich.

2) A poster stated that he found "crash bars" to essentially be an insurance company subsidy that seemed to offer additional expense to buy, offered no rate reduction and might reduce claim amounts.

How boring would this forum be if there were no options! dopeslap
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