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post #1 of 14 Old 03-27-2009, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Radiator cover recommendations - 919

I need to find something simple and nice to cover my (repaired) 919 radiator. I have seen all the laser cut aftermarket covers on Ebay but they are way too blingy, and the stock cover costs a bomb for a simple 50c plastic moulding. Anyone care to recommend something they have used or seen and liked. I was thinking about expanded aluminium painted or anodised black so it hides the wrinked fins but still lets air through.

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post #2 of 14 Old 03-27-2009, 05:54 PM
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I like the "hornet" laser cut ones, but I agree they are WAY too blingy. I'm thinking about getting one and using Kaptain Krylon to make it look nice and black to match my bike. There are others similar to the "hornet" ones but without the lettering that would work the same way too. Good luck in your search, CeeJay!

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I've got one of those ebay radiators from Germany last year and powdercoated it black for less bling. Looks ok. Prefer it to the original plasic piece.

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I've got one of those ebay radiators from Germany last year and powdercoated it black for less bling. Looks ok. Prefer it to the original plasic piece.
That's a great idea, to powdercoat it black. Bet that looks pretty nice.

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I've got one of those ebay radiators from Germany last year and powdercoated it black for less bling. Looks ok. Prefer it to the original plasic piece.
Thanks agitator - any chance of a pic or maybe a link to the one you used?
Hope things are cooling down in your part of the world.

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or you can make a temp one

Well I couldn't decide on a radiator cover and I am on a budget so at first I used expanded metal behind the plastic guard, but it was too close for comfort and the zip ties were harming the radiator fins. So I found some stainless 1/4" weave mesh, cut it to shape, ziptied split rubber fuel hose from the auto store around the sharp edges and then bent it to conform to the plastic guard, and ziptied it to the front of the existing guard. Good protection and still lots of airflow. It might look ghetto but it only cost me about $16 total and I don't worry about debris messing it up. I don't have a pic right now but its in my youtube video somewhere in the middle of it:
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Hey serpentax - now thats what I call lateral thinking! - thanks for that. I'll probably end up doing something similar but in the meantime, I stumbled upon this item from a British company named Renntec.
REN9168.jpg
Now the price is way OTT so I asked them for a price for the item unchromed and I can powder coat it locally.

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Here's my radiator guard, made out of expanded aluminium, and aluminium surrounds. Was really easy to fit, and shipped really quick. They also chuck in a free stubbie cooler (not sure what they're called on your side of the pond, a can holder maybe?) I found the build quality great as well.

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Thanks rockdog32. Yes, we are familiar with the stubbie holder but it is not in common use in New Zealand. We tend to drink our beer a bit quicker so it doesn't have a chance to warm up...

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Thanks rockdog32. Yes, we are familiar with the stubbie holder but it is not in common use in New Zealand. We tend to drink our beer a bit quicker so it doesn't have a chance to warm up...
I wasnt sure if they'd be called a "Chilly Bin" bro. Oh well, Im a little parched, I'm beached as!!

Those radguards do come in black as well, and has saved my radiator big time.

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Here's a pic of mine.

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'evening Bruce, That looks really great! I think I may just go get one o them for my bike!

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I stumbled upon this item from a British company named Renntec.
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CeeJay, that Renntec unit looks great - would look much better matte black. Let us know if they send you a price quote for an un-chromed piece.

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CeeJay, that Renntec unit looks great - would look much better matte black. Let us know if they send you a price quote for an un-chromed piece.
This just in from Renntec...(http://www.renntec.co.uk)
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Thank you for your enquiry.
We are currently holding a years worth of stock of REN9168 and so are very unlikely to be making a new batch soon that would enable you to have an unchromed version. Sorry I am unable to help on this occasion....
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In other words, they want me to buy a chrome one. No chance.
I like the simple design though, so will have a go at making one here.

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