Hand made engine guard for BMW F 800 GS

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by arideos, Jun 13, 2010.

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A HAND MADE ENGINE GARD FOR THE F 800 GS

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  1. arideos

    arideos n00b

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    I WANTED TO BUY THE FACTORY ENGINE GUARD BUT I THOUGHT IT IS TO MUCH MONEY TO SPENT IN HARD TIMES LIKE THESE!SO A FRIEND OF MINE THOUGHT HE COULD MANAGE TO MAKE ONE HAND MADE !I WOULD LIKE YOUR OPINION ON WHAT WE MANAGED TO DO AND IF IT LOOKS GOOD !ONES FOR SURE:freaky IT DOES ITS JOB VERY WELL !
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  2. GB

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    We can't give you our opinion until you post some pictures..

    I've moved your thread to the 650/800GS forum, but if you're looking to start selling them, we will move this to Vendors.
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  3. yellow zebra

    yellow zebra Flying Brick

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    It looks good, but... I don't think it covers the CAT, (and neither does mine, for that matter)
    Yet the BMW bash plate reaches way back, to afford the CAT some much-needed protection - it really is very exposed, and one the (short) bash plate has scraped over a nasty rock, the next exposed place is................ the CAT!
    My 5c
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  4. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    The design looks nice......but it looks a little thin.....If it`s made from alu.
    I would use at least 3-4mm thick alu....but perhaps I misjudged the thickness.
    I`m making one from Carbon Fiber/Kevlar.....It will run back to protect the Cat.:thumb:thumb

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  5. Simonf8gs

    Simonf8gs Adventurer

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    Are we taking about engine guard and/or bash plate?

    If it's the engine guard; looks like there is something that aint gonna give much protection. Won't protect plastics, it may or may not protect radiator, what's the point?

    Bash plate; not too bad, personnaly I would paint it black but it's just me.

    Imo, I would just pay for a good adventure-spec crashbars and bashplate, they look great, will offer real protection and are well designed (to bend in case of crash..).

    BTW, is protecting the cat will create more heat down there? Did anyone actually broke the cat while climbing rocks? I mean why protecting the cat??
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  6. kaiden

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    You know what, I think it looks great! It's better than what I got (NOTHING)! I say save your dollars and ride with it! If you end up spending your hard earned money on an aftermarket one, please let me know. I will give you my addy and you can send me the home made unit.
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  7. yellow zebra

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    Dont know about Cat heat build-up, but on this and many other forums, opinion is that the Cat is expensive, relatively fragile, and needs protecting. I mean VERY expensive!.
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  8. arideos

    arideos n00b

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  9. The Griz

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  10. njoytheride

    njoytheride NJOYN' THE JOURNEY

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    I ended up making my own skid plate after the one I bought off of F800 bent so bad it cracked the oil pan. I know how much a new oil pan cost now....I went back to the front of the cat, that should prevent a rock getting between the frame and the cat. I also put a 3 inch wide piece of 1/4 " aluminum flat stock down the center to help distribute the weight over the entire pan. maybe this will keep the oil pan from cracking. I burned up our welder at work so the local community college shop welded the flat stock and joints. not a clean as i would have liked but all it cost me was pizza. <>< Craig
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  11. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    it is 5mm alu[/quote]


    You should be ok then..... It just looked a little thin to me......:thumb:thumb

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  12. Barbadi

    Barbadi Been here awhile

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    It seems very robust and functional so its OK by me. I 'm trying to make something similar for my 658 from 4 mm aluminium, and I'm stuck o the way to get it screwed to the rubber bmw stock bases. I can't see the way yours is screwed on from these photos, and I 'm conserned over the fact that if I just make holes and screw the think on, the nut's tips will stand out (or down as a matter of fact) and be cutted off to the first obstacle they hit.
    How did you do yours?
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