Wild at Heart Crash Guards. trouble fitting

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  1. KLRscoob

    KLRscoob Been here awhile

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    I just purchased a pair of the Wild at Hearts and the fit is quite bad. I had to really pry - force - try and bend them to fit properly. After a horrible install the 2 forward bars actually come into contact with the fairings. Has anyine else had this issue and is there a fix? Or is it a manufacturers problem and they should take care of it? I am a little disappointed in them thus far but I love them at the same time. Thanks in advance.
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  2. seaswood

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    Try loosening all the bolts nuts, see where it sits at that point.
    where it is close or not you may be able to pull it away some & slowly tighten each bolt/nut to keep the distance off the fairing stuff.
    Mine is close that is their intention I believe opposite to other designs.
    Good Luck:wink:
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  3. EasyJet_RC

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    KLR Scoob,

    I got the [email protected] bars on my F800. they are a very close fit (less than 5mm from the fairings on either side).

    You have to get the get the spacers etc correctly placed to make it work ! it took me quite a while to get it sorted - but once on they fits well.

    let me know if I can help with pics or the like.

    Pete
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  4. Xskydiver

    Xskydiver Been here awhile

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    I would agree with loosen everything and retighten. On mine I had to tighten all the left side in place before the right to get them lined up properly.
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  5. AdvWolf

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    +1 or 2 - Keep everything loose before you crankit. I have one side that touches and the other has about the 5mm spacing. No worries though great kit. I have dumped the bike a few time in the mud and still good and stable. You will have to get use to taking them on and off sometimes, so I would also add a little grease to the inside thread to help keep them from siezing up in the mud, water crossings, and road whatever. Have fun!- I still think they are the best engineered crash bar on the market:clap.
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  6. KLRscoob

    KLRscoob Been here awhile

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    Just spoke with Johan from wild at heart. Talk about service, he explained some options to fix the issue, I added a 5mm spacer between the front of the bars (at connection point below radiator) now have 3mm of clearance per side. Thanks Johan and Wild at Heart
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  7. AdvWolf

    AdvWolf Wolfhaven Tree Farm

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    Did they send you the part or did you manufacture something yourself. More details please. Originally, I was thinking of putting a spacer of washers between, but never got back to it- just was more eager to test out the bars.
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  8. johnparjr

    johnparjr Been here awhile

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    Great that he gave you an Idea on how to fix it but shouldn't it have been right from the beginning. I wouldn't be very happy if the kit I bought wasn't right straight from the box.
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  9. KLRscoob

    KLRscoob Been here awhile

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    I had to fabricate the spacer myself. I used a piece of 5mm aluminum stock and machined it to be the same shaoe as the bars. This is a small mishap with an easy fix. I own a retail store and sometimes things are manufactured incorrectly. It is easier for me to deal with it myself rather than harrasing the retailer or the distributer. I am very happy with the product now after this small detail was remedied.


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  10. Gany

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    I was never happy with the fit on my bike either but was told that it was just me. More people I spoke to found the same with the tight fit of the bars. Suggested a spacer or bend the bars out further but they did not want to do that as they stick out a long way already when fitted to the F650GS. Glad the spacer worked for you, my fairings had paint and grooves rubbed into them by the time I removed the bars.
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