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post #1 of 16 Old 03-25-2019, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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An argument for a Fender Extender

I'm installing the RadGuard today, along with a Wunderlich Fender Extender. Below are pics of my radiator from riding 82 miles, all paved roads, with the factory setup. Roads were dry. One mile was on chip-seal. There were several small pebbles in the center plastic guard. It's no wonder these radiators plug up and the bike overheats. Hopefully the RadGuard and Fender Extender do a much better job of keeping dirt out of there. Time will tell.




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There should be a factory plastic guard over the radiator, did you remove that for the picture or was it not there?
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Just ordered an extender after cleaning the gravel pile out of my radiator. I have the Radgard but still had a lot of junk in the radiator. Bought the bike used last summer so have no idea when it was really cleaned prior. I do t ride on anything but pavement but the are a lot of chip seal roads in rural MO.
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There should be a factory plastic guard over the radiator, did you remove that for the picture or was it not there?
I removed it (as part of the RadGuard install) and discovered that junk in the radiator. The factory plastic guard is not used with the RadGuard.

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I removed it (as part of the RadGuard install) and discovered that junk in the radiator. The factory plastic guard is not used with the RadGuard.
Are you guys referring to the louvered guard in the center? How do you remove it to clean?

I just put the eBay fender extender on my B and will be giving it a good test run later this week when I take it out for my first long ride of the year.

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Are you guys referring to the louvered guard in the center? How do you remove it to clean?

I just put the eBay fender extender on my B and will be giving it a good test run later this week when I take it out for my first long ride of the year.
The stock radiator protection consists of that louvered guard in the center, which does not pass air through to the radiator, and a plastic grill that sits behind it. I ended up breaking one of the plastic tabs at the top of that louvered grill when I removed it. Very thin plastic there. The RadGuard I replaced it with is extruded aluminum mesh. The louvered center section does not get installed with the RadGuard, so instead I'm opting to install the Wunderlich Fender Extender to keep dirt and rocks out of the radiator.

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Job complete. RadGuard and Fender Extender installed. Failed installing BMW engine guards because I got the original style, which are not compatible with 2017+ bikes. Sucks that it's 37° here- I wanna ride...





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I just put the eBay fender extender on my B and will be giving it a good test run later this week when I take it out for my first long ride of the year.
Which eBay one? The one from China or the carbon fiber one from Spain? Got any photos?

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Job complete. RadGuard and Fender Extender installed. Failed installing BMW engine guards because I got the original style, which are not compatible with 2017+ bikes. Sucks that it's 37° here- I wanna ride...





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That bike desperately needs some twistie time!
Well, it has only 82 miles on the odo and where I live, there are no curves. It's all flat, straight farmland here.

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