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New engine guard/highway bars fitment opinions pls

Discussion in 'XJ Technical Chat' started by Sarah, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. Sarah

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    For those who don't have know me already, I have a 1980 Yamaha XJ650. Currently, I have a Lindby Linbar on my bike. I like it, but when I really lean into corners they scrape the ground. So I started looking for something that sticks out less.

    I just wanted your opinion on whether the guard I picked out will fit. From what I could figure, the measurements seem correct for my bike. I assume this guard bolts through the engine mounts, that's the distances I measured.

    Here are the measurements in the description, it's item #221911832993 on eBay but you'll have to search sold listings to find it.

    "When completely closed, open side brackets measure 12" inside to inside...The bar side measures 10 7/8" inside to inside."

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    Anyway, thanks!
     
  2. Sarah

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    Does not fit at all :(


    Anyone got some for sale?
     
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    k-moe Pie, Bacon, Bourbon. Moderator Premium Member

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    That's very disapointing. They look so close to the Yamaha guards, aside from being one-peice with the cross bar.
     
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    Never scrapes, if the bike falls over nothing hits the ground, only a skinny car is gonna get to my legs...
    The look isn't for everyone but the guards are great!
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    Here is pretty much exactly what I want, since the one I bought doesn't fit :p

    Shoutout to Len, these are available from Xj4ever. Only problem, fairly expen$ive!

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    You bought the one piece and it doesn't fit? I'm confused.
     
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    They're just a little too small. It's touching the exhaust but won't reach the mounts...
     
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    Return 'em. I might would try to make them fit but I'd probably just ruin the plating.
     
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    I just returned them, looking for a different set now :D
     
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    Btw, the reason for the price variance between the two is metal quality, plating thickness and weld quality. For protection bars I wouldn't skimp on the metal or welding quality. The plating thickness means it will last a LOT longer in the elements.
     
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    Good point, thank you :)
     

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