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I just bought a new yz450f and know I will be laying it down since it is my first bike. I wanted to get some radiator guards and I was wondering what brand everyone likes and where to get them.

thanks,

seth

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your first bike is a yz450, thats just insane. i would reccomend a smaller bike, its not that you are going to hurt the 450, the 450 is going to kill you. but anyway check out the devol guards they look pretty cool

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My first bike was a 450 too. No big deal. Check out Unabikers, they are awesome. I had them on my WR and now on my YZ. Check out their site, the rad guards they show for the 250F are also for the 450F. They are strong as hell and look good too.

http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=2/5723390437.jpg&s=x402

http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=2/5723374625.jpg&s=x402

http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=2/5723365018.jpg&s=x402

http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=2/5723392669.jpg&s=x402

There is a few pics for ya. Install was a snap!

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You'll be fine. Just respect the bike and don't get carried away with the power it has.

http://www.devolracing.com/products.htm

http://flatlandracing.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=FR&Category_Code=Radiator+Guards

http://www.worksconnection.com/store/index.html?year_id=147&orig_model_id=69&orig_man_id=7

Also, Unabiker guards looked good too, black n blue thumper had the 250f braces fitted on his 450, thread with pics: http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=344648&parentpage=2

http://www.unabiker.com/

I'm waiting to see how the Works Connection braces look like before I buy.

Good luck with the bike.

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I just bought a new yz450f and know I will be laying it down since it is my first bike. I wanted to get some radiator guards and I was wondering what brand everyone likes and where to get them.

thanks,

seth

You will be alright on the 450 after a month or so. Where do you ride track or desert?

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The way the 06 frame is, there really is no where to mount a radiator guard like the older models where the rear of the radiator guard is mounted to the frame. I haven't seen all of the new models of radiator guards but the ones I have seen may prevent something from entering the radiator from the front but I dont' see how any of them will prevent the radiator from getting bent/twisted/etc since they don't have the fore and aft bracing. I don't even know how they will do it with the new frame design as I looked at mine for a while trying to come up with something that wasn't too gawdy and really didn't see a way to do it. I know the ones that are out there will help some, but not like the versions that go on the steel framed bikes.

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try devol guards, i use them and love them, i have seen other brands of guards not do a darn thing when layed over. the devol guards are a proven design.

have fun with your new bike!

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The way the 06 frame is, there really is no where to mount a radiator guard like the older models where the rear of the radiator guard is mounted to the frame. I haven't seen all of the new models of radiator guards but the ones I have seen may prevent something from entering the radiator from the front but I dont' see how any of them will prevent the radiator from getting bent/twisted/etc since they don't have the fore and aft bracing. I don't even know how they will do it with the new frame design as I looked at mine for a while trying to come up with something that wasn't too gawdy and really didn't see a way to do it. I know the ones that are out there will help some, but not like the versions that go on the steel framed bikes.

See pics in my above post. The rods make the guards very very storng against side impact. Probably stronger than the older model Yamaha guards.

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Buying a 450 probably wasnt the best idea for a first bike but i respect the power. I ride desert terrain but i would eventually like to get onto a track or to.

thanks for all the info. i will check out the guards you guys recomended.

thanks

seth

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The most popular rad guards that we sell at the TT Store are:

Unabiker

Flatland

Devol

I know that the store and catalogs only list to 05 but they are available for the 06 bikes. Shoot the store an email or call and we'll set you up with the corect part # and price for ordering. Contact us

We are still working on updating the new 06 catalogs. We've just received them and they will be updated shortly. Patience!!

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See pics in my above post. The rods make the guards very very storng against side impact. Probably stronger than the older model Yamaha guards.

I wish I had spent the extra 20 bones for the Unabiker guards, I had a low speed layover today that resulted in a cracked radiator shroud and slightly tweaked radiator :thumbsup: It had to happen sooner or later I guess, but I wish it hadn't messed up the rad! I'm hoping to straighten it out and be able to ride more this week, if not I guess it's off to Myler's with my rad off a brand new bike! :thumbsup:

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OK, I have a question about these type of Rad. Guards. I race motocross and I'm concerned that gravel and small rocks from roost may make it thru the guard slots to the cooling fins on the radiator. Has anyone had this problem?

Can you install the stock louvers over the Unabike guard?

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You mean the stock louvers prevent stones from getting to the radiators better than the Una-type small slots? Think twice. :thumbsup:

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Can you install the stock louvers over the Unabike guard?

Nope, they wont fit. Maybe try a little screen or something if you are that worried. I have never had a problem, but I dont race MX.

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You mean the stock louvers prevent stones from getting to the radiators better than the Una-type small slots? Think twice. :thumbsup:

It looks to me like roost has a straight shot thru the milled holes. The only thing I can think of on the stock plastic louvers is they absorb some of the energy from roost by deflecting before diverting it to the radiator. Other wise why wouldn't your radiator be trash after 6 months. Who knows.

The reason for the question is I want to order the Una Biker guards and I want to know if anyone has had any unusual radiator fin damage with this type of guard.

I've seen these used with no problems for cross country type riding but I'm concerned with MX.

They do look good don't they! :thumbsup:

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