Front Disk Guard-Aluminum or Plastic

8 replies to this topic
  • TFouty

Posted May 17, 2003 - 06:14 AM


I'm going to add a front disk guard to my WR450F, need opinions on aluminum vs. plastic. My TE410 has plastic, works fairly well, but I have had to repair it a few times.
Devol and GYT-R both offer aluminum, thought it might be the way to go. Thanks for your pros/cons input.


  • newrider

Posted May 18, 2003 - 04:56 AM


I picked up the Devol product at a parts house. It looked cool, but it also looked like it had a pretty close tolerance. My plastic one has plenty of room and I doubt anything would ever get stuck. And if it did the plastic would flex letting it out or at least allow my rotor or wheel to get damaged.

  • r1superstar

Posted May 18, 2003 - 05:14 AM


Think of it this way. Would you rather leave your bike in a ditch after bending any of the rotors, or ride out unharmed?

Me, I use Devol aluminum rotor guards. :)

  • SealClubber

Posted May 18, 2003 - 05:43 PM


I have an acerbis plastic rotor guard on mine. It has held up fine for 2 years with no damage to the guard or rotor. It is really scuffed up from all of the falls so it must be working. :)

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  • Tennessee_Thumper

Posted May 18, 2003 - 08:25 PM


Checkout the aluminum Topar Racing front disk guard.It looks "similiar" to Scotts rear shark fin.

  • sabin

Posted May 20, 2003 - 10:13 AM


It looks cool but it will not protect you as good as the other brands IMO.

  • Tennessee_Thumper

Posted May 20, 2003 - 09:59 PM


It looks cool but it will not protect you as good as the other brands IMO.

I agree it doesn't protect as much surface area as a solid disk guard does.I saw one mounted on a guys KTM and its much stronger than plastic,or my Eline CF disk guard.

  • TFouty

Posted May 21, 2003 - 05:56 PM


Thanks for the input guys, I opted for plastic.

Todd :)

  • sabin

Posted May 21, 2003 - 07:36 PM


It depends what you want to protect yourself from. I had just one case of bend front rotor and it was from fallen free branch entering my rotor about just a little over this protection shark fin. But in rocks I guess it is much stronger compared to plastic. I wander how much is the weight difference between plastic and alu :) ...


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