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Zip-Ty Radiator Braces

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Trying to sort out my new (to me) 2003 WR450 and one thing it does not have is a set of radiator guards. I have tried several brands of guards on my DRZs and have found that the Unabiker guards are the best at resisting side impact forces -- which seems to be the most common kind of crash damage.

 

But it looks like Unabiker doesn't make guards for the early WR450s.  I've trashed a set of Devol guards on a relatively easy fall -- so they are not being considered. 

 

I'm looking for an alternative and see that Zip-Ty makes a set of radiator braces (not guards) for my bike. There are no product reviews on them to be found.

 

Anyone have any experience with these units? Will they survive a good hard fall?

 

Thanks. 

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Hmmmm. Moose lists a guard for YZ450s -- but not WR450s for my year (2003). Wonder if they are the same? I always thought YZ radiators were smaller than WRs.

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There are a couple vendors on eBay, in Australia, that offer what look like bullit proof designs.

 

B & B, and Force Radiator.  If you can wait for the delivery time, see if they make one to fit.

 

I chose UnaBiker because they made a model that fit my cycle, the rest of the competition did not make anything robust enough for me, or did not make anything that fit.

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There are a couple vendors on eBay, in Australia, that offer what look like bullit proof designs.

 

B & B, and Force Radiator.  If you can wait for the delivery time, see if they make one to fit.

 

I chose UnaBiker because they made a model that fit my cycle, the rest of the competition did not make anything robust enough for me, or did not make anything that fit.

I agree with your assessment on the Unabiker guards. Got 'em on both of my Suzukis and they will take a licking for sure. However, Unabiker doesn't cover older WRs like mine. Moose doesn't either.

 

What I find for this application are Devols -- and they fold up really easily when hit from the side. I don't want to be giving Myler's any more business than I need to...

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An update for those looking for a stout radiator guard for an EARLY Wr450 (lotsa options for those with 2005 and later bikes):

 

Flatland Racing makes a guard with pretty heavy duty bracing..certainly a lot beefier than those made by Devol. Talked to 3 vendors before I found one with an early 450 guard in stock. A place called "Cycle Buy" in Oregon has shipped one and it should be in my hands by Tuesday, 2/25.

 

Thanks to all for their suggestions.

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Flatland Racing guards arrived today. They look pretty robust. Reading through the installation instructions and looks like they require trimming some of the plastic gusseting on the backside of the radiator side covers...No big deal. 

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Flatland Racing guards arrived today. They look pretty robust. Reading through the installation instructions and looks like they require trimming some of the plastic gusseting on the backside of the radiator side covers...No big deal. 

Installed the Flatland radiator guards today. Installation was VERY straightforward - despite the fact that the instruction sheet was about the size of a credit card. The guard itself is made of heavy aluminum and it has a very stout brace that runs behind the radiator and ties to the frame. Should be very strong. Next task: Mount the bash plate and take it out and ride on the next day of 40+ degree weather. I cannot wait.

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