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post #1 of 13 Old 08-13-2010, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Custom radiator grill

Here's an idea for 919 owners. Found a piece of perforated metal at work the other day, decided to try making my own custom grill. It's been on the bike for a while now, got stuck in heavy traffic a few times and no temperature issues.
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-13-2010, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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Size is about 13-13/16 wide, 7-5/16 tall(inside measurement) and 1-3/8 deep.
Bend the top and bottom over a piece of tubing to get a niece radius. The hardest part is to make the little slots to hold the grill in place. I used a very small cutting disc on a die grinder to start, then a hacksaw blade cut in half lengthwise to shape the slot and then a needle file to clean it up.

Put sticky foam on 4 corners of your rad. to stop the vibration and spread the top and bottom apart to slide over the radiator tabs.

I tryed sanding and rattle can clear coat but I might have to send it out to get sandblasted because I cant sand every single little holes.
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Jeez! Polish those headers!


That's a pretty decent solution, if you want a cover. I bet that will look pretty nice once it's all polished up!

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looks a lil restrictive to me TBH.... sitting in traffic tells you nothing as not much if any air is flowing through the rad at all... at speed is where a restrictive grill like this would hurt.... although the 919 cooling system is very good so i doubt that ull have probs.

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In stop and go traffic my temp. gauge goes up to 3/4 then the fan kicks in, temp. goes down to 1/2 then fan stops.

On the highway my temp. gauge is just a little above the operating temp. line always.

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post #6 of 13 Old 08-13-2010, 04:23 PM
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Looks effective leave the polishing to the harley guys

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Nice job. Interesting turn signals too - are they visible straight on?

Now clean that bike!

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post #9 of 13 Old 08-13-2010, 05:30 PM
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I think it looks good and will be more effective against stopping a rock then that OEM plastic. Give the guy a break on cleaning his bike. I know last Sunday he rode about 1200 kms. Half of that was in the rain. He has about 55 000kms on the bike. Can anyone else say anything remotely close about themself?

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looks good.is it s.s.? polish it. or semi gloss black p/c

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Nice job Mr T. Excellent work. Even if it's a little more restrictive, maybe the temp needle will move off of "C".

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After I get it polished it should look better, I know I really need to clean the bike but it's summer right now and I just want to ride the thing. She always gets a thourough cleaning in the winter.

As far as the grill goes, the temp. is good, better protection against rocks and big objects and this is only an example. At the end you guys can use pretty much any material available as long as you can make the little slots to hook the grill on the rad.

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Nice job. Interesting turn signals too - are they visible straight on?

Now clean that bike!
No, I need to change the signals, they are only visible from the side.

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