Raid Final Drive protector from Twalcom

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by fudgypup, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. fudgypup

    fudgypup Banned

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    I picked up one of these recently:

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    As you can see, I probably should have done this sooner.

    I basically wanted something more than those nylon crash bungs offer.

    It was $95 at twalcomusa.com. They had no pics of one installed so I thought I'd post this up for the curious.

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  2. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota Illuminatus!

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    How does that mount to the FD?
    Is there a cush between the plate and the FD?
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  3. Hikertrash

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    Thanks so much. I was just looking at those today. I have the same gnarly marks on my FD pivot after a fall in a sandy wash without my panniers. Looks like a poser farkle, but we both know they have a real purpose. It never crossed my mind that I could scratch that FD pivot. I bet most purchasers of this part buy them after the fact :)
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  4. fudgypup

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    If you look underneath the fd you'll see an oval shaped "hole." What they do is give you a metal plate that fits up in there that you then screw the protector to (I used the nyloc washers as well as some threadlock) and yes, it does have a rather thick rubber pad that goes between it and your fd.

    I couldn't understand the directions in Italian but it came with a third bolt a lot longer than the other two. I assumed that was for maybe the 1150 or 1100. Not sure.
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  5. RomaDakota

    RomaDakota Illuminatus!

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    When I was at RawHyde, I looked over the rentals to determine which areas were commonly damaged. The final drive area as pictured was not uncommon.
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  6. JimVonBaden

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    IMHO, that unit isn't strong enough and will be jammed into the FD, making the value of it near zero. It also doesn't go back far enough, just look at the existing damage on the rear of the FD. There are a couple close fitting synthetic units that might give better protection.

    Jim :brow
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  7. Englishmatt

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    Jim - Care to elaborate on the synthetic units? Do you have any links or names of products?

    I thought this device looked pretty slick, but would be interested in options. Looks to me like this twalcom protector would protect against the majority of rock bounces, or side slides, considering it has a thick rubber pad between the metal protector and the FD housing. Not sure it would get pushed into the housing, with the dense rubber pad installed as the spacer. Not sure I can think of a fall (except a large rock) where the Pivot would take a direct harsh hit vs. a regular side swipe when you go down.

    I hadn't really thought about it until seeing this post...

    Matt.
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  9. HunSolo

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    Check out the synthetic FD guard at Hyde Racing. Top notch and tough.
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  10. Spoke

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    Hunsolo-you sold me on the hyde racing diff cover just bought one.
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  11. JimVonBaden

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    That's one I like, if you are looking for real protection. IMHO the metal one above will deform and damage the FD when it does. The plastic one will protect against sliding and rock damage because it form fits.

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  12. Stinkyb

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    Well...to at least reinforce op's purchase....I think the twalcom looks best.......granted your not looking at the underside of the final drive when riding over_______:norton
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  13. Spoke

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    I too think the op's twalcom aluminum piece looks better and a while ago I almost bought it. Due to my procrastination I have learned of the hyde piece and, for me, it makes more sense.

    Now the 18" rear wheel? and 21" front are something to truly envy:deal
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  14. fudgypup

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    That's cool to see all these other solutions. I didn't realize there were so many out there. As to the looks, I think that raises a good point. Not that I'm some Starbucks poser but while the Hyde will certainly do the job, it looks more KLR than GSA. Plus, for a plastic/nylon piece, I'd expect to pay something around $30 to $40.


    Rear is still "17 actually.
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  15. Englishmatt

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    I like this one, looks a bit ....cheap.....but I like it. Wonder if is could prevent the accelerated rear brake wear on long off-road rides due to some protectionism against the girt and dirt/dust. The Canada/Alaska roads eat the rear brake pads like cheese...this may have an added value...
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    You guys are terrible, can't read this forum any more to costly. Just ordered the Hyde racing final drive cover with shipping $90. Looks like cheap protection for costly scratches
    Thanks for info
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  17. JimVonBaden

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    Welcome to the G-spot, where we are always happy to help you spend your money!:evil

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  20. DDT Rider

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    After getting some FD scratches from a driveway tipover :huh I ordered up one of these.

    Can some of the folks who installed them tell me the secret. lining up the "interior" T bold with the exterior was so ridiculously cumbersome, i knew I must be missing a time-saving secret. I felt like a monkey fucking another monkey, who was trying to fuck a football...

    Any tips out there on how to manage the install...and to think I'll have to do this each time I change FD fluid...
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