No more hideous fork boots:)

Nope.... still not for me I'm afraid. Looks wrong as there should be some beefy forks at the top to balance out the size of those chunky looking guards.

Only benefit I can see is they are protecting the lower fork legs but at the cost of making the sliding surface more vulnerable and adding a little weight.

 The OPs' fork guards are on the upper leg instead of the usual lower, a little unconventional

Dr. Smith was one of the creepiest guys of all time!
And the Burger King, "King"
3 minutes ago, Padilen said:
37 minutes ago, Dmouse said:
Dr. Smith was one of the creepiest guys of all time!

And the Burger King, "King"

I happen to think the BK guy does funny stuff, despite looking really F'ed up! Dr. Smith comes off like a boys gymnastics doctor to me

18 hours ago, Marc05 said:

I think that bushing you removed served a purpose.

Maybe as an engineer you have already calculated... 

But I belive you have removed the piece that transfered the appropriate tension, provided by the bolt, around your plastic piece and directly to your fork clamp. I would suspect your plastic protector is going to crush or wear quickly, and that bolt will loose the proper tension, if not all the tension it is providing for your fork clamp.

Unless I am not understanding your mod correctly

Yeah that is the purpose the bushing served, but I have torqued the bolt down to the correct torque and the plastic did compress a bit but not all that much, it still retains it's rigidity

4 hours ago, Dmouse said:

 The OPs' fork guards are on the upper leg instead of the usual lower, a little unconventional

Look at the old RMs, also older KTMs, and Yamaha made a big SM early 2000, they all utilized this design. It's not unheard of, that's where I got my idea

I've seen it a few times on DRZ's. :thumbsup:

40 minutes ago, Bm1997 said:

Look at the old RMs, also older KTMs, and Yamaha made a big SM early 2000, they all utilized this design. It's not unheard of, that's where I got my idea

Yours are protecting the correct portion of the fork tube, it's just that being up higher, the upper part is less likely to be damaged, therefor not as needed. The upside down fork has them on the lower leg

1 hour ago, Bm1997 said:

Yeah that is the purpose the bushing served, but I have torqued the bolt down to the correct torque and the plastic did compress a bit but not all that much, it still retains it's rigidity

I would expect that to loosen as the plastic loses it's elasticity. Might overcome the bolt loosening with a dab of re-usable lock -tite. That what I use here and there with small fasteners I don't want to check after every blinkin' ride.....or replace all the time.

5 hours ago, Dmouse said:

Yours are protecting the correct portion of the fork tube, it's just that being up higher, the upper part is less likely to be damaged, therefor not as needed. The upside down fork has them on the lower leg

I mainly did it for looks. I think the boots are ugly and impossible to keep clean. I don't mind cleaning the mud off the upper forks after every ride. I rarely even get my bike that muddy, usually street riding or dirt, rarely mud. Anyway I'm happy with how it turned out, tomorrow is gonna warm up so I should get around to putting the finishing touches on it, also may look for some bushings to replace the old smaller ones as everyone seems worried about my bolts backing out

12 minutes ago, Bm1997 said:

 also may look for some bushings to replace the old smaller ones as everyone seems worried about my bolts backing out

Yes, yes you should.  I am worried as well.

Good job making it work, I also don't like the stock look.  I have the KTM setup you mentioned.  If anyone is interested this is from a 1999 250 EXC and if your Google Fu is strong, I think you can still find these parts.  You just have to shorten (less tall) your headlight bracket to make room for the mounting.

2 x 50301090250    Clamp protector guide

1 x 5460139000030  Fork protection guide R/S    
1 x 5460129000030  Fork protection guide L/S

1 x 50301093000    Fork protector R/S black
1 x 50301092000    Fork protector L/S black

 

TMbbZEf.jpg

SPQvxWc.jpg

BBjS5oM.jpg

-mtnpat

Edited by mtnpat
On ‎1‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 11:54 AM, ohiodrz400sm said:

I like it, it's different than everyone else.

 ....Riders are a vain bunch. We think if it isn't good enough for a pro then surely it's not good enough for use. Usually the exact opposite is true..

 

I see this as "words from the wise"...:cool:

To each their own and don't let "what the pro's need" as a limiting factor on going down your own path for off track riding.

Bullsnoot aside, most of us don't ride in stadiums nor do we need half the stuff out their that's for sale these days to have a really great time riding. 

:ride:

Very true. There is a discussion on the General board on how the pros don't run guards like us mere mortals. Well, if you're a pro, a crash big enough to destroy your pipe means you're so far back in the field you're not getting points for the race anyway.

On 1/21/2018 at 3:32 PM, mtnpat said:

Good job making it work, I also don't like the stock look.  I have the KTM setup you mentioned.  If anyone is interested this is from a 1999 250 EXC and if your Google Fu is strong, I think you can still find these parts.  You just have to shorten (less tall) your headlight bracket to make room for the mounting.

Looks great! Loving the green as well. I looked all over for those but couldn't find em anywhere, so I figured I'd give the SM guards a go. Mind showing what you did for the brake hose? Also I see you're missing the speedo cable, is it the offroad only model? I plan on putting pictures up tomorrow of my completed brake hose and speedo guides.

Edit: nevermind I see your speedo cable is running down with the brake hose :thumbsup:

Edited by Bm1997

Finally got around to finishing it. I got some flanged spacers from Lowe's and put those in the fork guard holes, also got new bolts since mine were rounding off. Also moved the speedo cable guide from it's own clamp onto the fork guard guide, much cleaner look. For the brake hose, I ran it up behind the fork so it wouldn't be near the spokes, and wrapped it around front up higher. I put a guide on an existing hole on the guard, and down lower I dremeled some unnecessary material away from the stock brake hose clamp, painted it black, and attached the hose to that, out of the fork guards path and also tucked up behind the fork so when I go down it won't be the first thing to hit the ground. I will probably play around with the brake hose position before riding season comes back, for now since I have to focus on class this will have to do. I guess I'm not much good at write ups so I probably won't attempt another one:naughty:IMG_20180127_223919507.thumb.jpg.f17b71be03e3f02854cdf1526c9c05ed.jpgIMG_20180127_223928868.thumb.jpg.abd2221eeb4c91f089959d3363a94a68.jpgIMG_20180130_143100733.thumb.jpg.27b90a7a9ffc4deb5433a46cd422fb7f.jpgIMG_20180130_143111426.thumb.jpg.72651cdd231f38597b6ed8de7b5d4013.jpg

This mod always reminds me of the great answer Suzuki had for this issue back in the day.  Look up the 97 RM250.  Had an integral number plate/fork guards mounted in the down position to cover the conventionals.  I've always wondered if you couldn't take one of those units (available for $30) and then mount our headlight right into it.  Anyone know what the fork spacing was back then?  I like the look of these USD guards over the conventionals but have to think rough action might dislodge them.  Those 97s were solid as a rock.

I removed the gators from my S forks years ago. Those things collected and held dirt and small rocks (everything is dry, sandy and rocky out here) against the fork tubes so I pulled them off. Haven't had any issues with the forks and don't plan on ever covering them back up.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now