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MANIAC998

Newly designed front caliper guard

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A few weeks back, I destroyed my front caliper when I accidently hit the perfect height rock at Pipestone, MT. It broke the mounting plate that the caliper attaches too. Since then, I've been trying to design a guard of some sort to prevent this from ever happening again. I finally took it over to the local welder in town, and got it back a few days later. It is a stainless steel "glideplate" that is welded to my "Rooster" front disc guard. This way, any energy absorbed by an impact is transfered to the front axle, instead of potentially breaking another mounting plate. Here are some pictures of the broken plate, and the finished product.:thumbsup: Maniac

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A few weeks back, I destroyed my front caliper when I accidently hit the perfect height rock at Pipestone, MT. It broke the mounting plate that the caliper attaches too. Since then, I've been trying to design a guard of some sort to prevent this from ever happening again. I finally took it over to the local welder in town, and got it back a few days later. It is a stainless steel "glideplate" that is welded to my "Rooster" front disc guard. This way, any energy absorbed by an impact is transfered to the front axle, instead of potentially breaking another mounting plate. Here are some pictures of the broken plate, and the finished product.:thumbsup: Maniac

Nice work! I want one!

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I'm actually thinking about trying to produce something like this for consumers. I think it'd be pretty darn important, at least for people that race 24 hour events, Baja, etc.. When mine broke, I could barely limp back to the truck, what with no front brake! And it was flopping into the wheel constantly! I had to hold it with one hand, and drive one handed back to the truck. It sucked!!! If you look at the stock Yamaha design, you'll notice that the brake pad holding bolt sticks down lower than anything else on the forks, and this is what nailed that rock, snapping the mounting plate. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!!! Maniac

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Now that is a great idea!

I've "invented" a few different guards and stuff for my own WR450F over the past couple of years myself.

I love making stuff! Its an addiction!

It never occurred to me to protect the front caliper!

Well done!

Greg

Rear caliper guard:

rear_caliper_guard.jpg

Rear master cylinder guard:

rear_master_cylinder_guard.jpg

Exhaust insert (No kinks in this one! Nice, smooth arc. )

wr450-250f_exhaust_insert_1.jpg

Chain block:

wr450f_chain-block_in_place_1.jpg

Gauge for measuring chain tension:

WR450F_chain_tension_gauge.jpg

Home-made bash-plate (Cost me nothing.)

I've since drilled a bunch of strategically placed holes all over it to make it lighter without compromising strength.

home-made_bashplate_wr450f.jpg

Rear links mud-guard:

wr450f_rear_links_guard.jpg

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Thanks guys!

I'm really just (originally) a dumb carpenter who likes to make stuff out of metal!

Cheers,

Greg

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