2017 BMW Radiator Guards on a 2015 GS (pictorial)

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by JimVonBaden, Dec 15, 2017.

  1. RotesHengst

    RotesHengst Adventurer

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    Thanks for the idea Mr. VonBaden! Just mounted mine . . . nocked the dust from my Dremel.
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    I don't think a photo is necessary, looks pretty much a carbon copy of your post.

    2018-07-06 Update:
    Now that the blistering weather is here, I have noticed the dash is indicating the coolant temperature to be steady at 201℉, normal indication is 199℉. This is at road speeds 45 MPH +.
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  2. Plawa

    Plawa ¿ʞO ǝʞᴉq ʎɯ sI

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    Am I the only one who installed the left SKU on the right (throttle) side of the bike? I ended up with something that looks identical to Jim's post, just haven't seen that mentioned anywhere..
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  3. GrumpyOne

    GrumpyOne Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yeah, I didn’t see it mentioned either. Mine wound up swapped right for left and upside down to the part fiche drawings I found. Spent a long time looking at JVB’s photos and test fitting to figure it out.

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  4. JimVonBaden

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    I am fairly sure, but not certain, that I put them on the correct sides. :dunno
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  5. GrumpyOne

    GrumpyOne Been here awhile Supporter

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    There is a “R” and “L” molded in to the bottom radiator side of each. Based on your photos and trial and error, they fit upside down and swapped sides. (To match your photos.)

    -jw
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  6. TBickell

    TBickell And away we GO !!

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    I ended up with the SW Motech version. Ordered from Revzilla. A bit complicated to fit on my 2016.5 GSW as the part was really for a 2017.5. (The confusion there continues). I had to forgo connecting the top of the shroud as there was no hole there on my bike. The other connection points look to be secure enough to hold it in place. Looks good but I like the OEM rallye version better.. should be good protection though.


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  7. sranderle

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    Maybe that's why my attempt at mounting the right side with the 'R' part isn't going so well on my 2016 GSA. As is, I would need to trim the entire side of the shroud.
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  8. GrumpyOne

    GrumpyOne Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yep, only took 30 min of walking to the bike and walking back to the computer to check JVB’s photos to figure it out. ;-)

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  9. RichK

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    Stole JVB's idea here. (Thank you!) Did not need to trim the shrouds....

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  10. WADE-O

    WADE-O Been here awhile

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    Now I'm confused do we need to trim the guards or not for a 2017 GSA?
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  11. GrumpyOne

    GrumpyOne Been here awhile Supporter

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    Trimming the shrouds is optional, trimming the guards is required (tabs etc. as JVB shows).

    -jw
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  12. F16Viper68

    F16Viper68 Trapped in the Sandbox! Supporter

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    This has to be one of the only times I've saved money going OEM. :)
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  13. aceranic

    aceranic Been here awhile

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    How would they fit 2018gsa. Same JVB's procedure?
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  14. Navy Chief

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    Thanks for sharing this, have a set on order now!
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  15. JimVonBaden

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    Yes, very similar.
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  16. aceranic

    aceranic Been here awhile

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    Cool, thx.
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  17. Myll

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    Just put them on a 2016 gsa. I was skeptical about plastic. The way the honeycomb is laid out and the grade of plastic seems solid.

    Easy fit and finish install. Used a razor blade to score and snap the useless tabs and trim the oem shroud. Notches were done with a fine tooth hacksaw blade.
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  18. Myll

    Myll Been here awhile

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    Almost forgot. Thanks for the info on these 2017 rallye guards being an option JVB. had to redirect my local shop about this
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  19. Millsaps2

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    Vendor used for this price?
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  20. Boxerbreath

    Boxerbreath 2017.5 GS Black Storm

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    Yep, the BMW guards are the cheapest OEM insurance you can buy.
    Ya now, all the fab'd guards out there look really cool, but the thing to consider is do they flow enough air?
    They're overkill like most aftermarket stuff unless you're going hardcore offroading. Heavy duty ones will do the job if the guy in front of you is roosting rocks at you.
    Little other benefit IMO...
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