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HI i am pulling exhaust off my GL, the chrome shields at cylinders are loose from previous owner damage. they make lots of noises/ should i just pull them off and paint pipe or try to find good used pipes without going broke? also i dont like the crash bars i was thinking of pulling those off or am i asking for trouble later? your all input appreciated. thanks randy
 

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The exhaust is up to you as are the crash bars, but I slipped in gravel and the crash bars saved my bike, if they were off I would have done a lot of damage. My foot slipped and it just laid over on the guard saving all of the other goodies. I'd bet that if you post in the wanted, someone has the parts you need. Dana
 

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These guys will put a lot of heat of your feet and ankles. I would try to reattach the heat shields.They are also heavy and will go over easy if you're not careful. Without the guard you could be needing a valve cover. LOL!!!
 

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I'll second Dana's recomendation on the crash guards! I know they're ugly, but so is a buggered up timing belt cover, cam gear, and cam. Valve covers aren't too cheap either.

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randy, my chrome shields came loose on the r/side header and I used stainless steel or chrome hose hose clamps to secure them from shaking and rattling. Have to look close to notice the clamps if you position the screw inside.

If you remove the engine guards you lose the protection for your valve covers and probally the fairing as well if it tips over or lays down. With the crash guards in place it usually will recline at about 45 deg. verse's flat down with damage. I've onlydroppedmine down???? times in three years :cool:Keno
 

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I don't know what style engine guards you have but you might scour the classifieds and ebay for some that are more to your taste. I know there are a few different styles out there. As has been said they could save your bike from severe engine damage in a worst case scenario.
 

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I had mine come loose on the right side and pulled the exhaust off and took it to the local muffler shop they welded it back on for $20 and that was a year ago.
I'm with you on the guards I hate them but I'm going to keep them.

Welcome to the forum:waving:
 

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goldwing randy wrote:
also i dont like the crash bars i was thinking of pulling those off or am i asking for trouble later? your all input appreciated. thanks randy
I laid my bike down on the shoulder of the hwy, at between 40 and 50 mph. If it weren't for the crash bars I would have had more than just a few scratches on my fairing. really served their purpose.
 

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IF and WHEN--you join the --DROPPED WING CLUB. you will love those guards . for the damage that didnt happen !!
 

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IF and WHEN--you join the --DROPPED WING CLUB. you will love those guards . for the damage that didnt happen !!
hope you never join, but i have and i think those bars look great now:D:action::waving:
 

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you guys have convinced me i am going to replace the ugly one. i could probably drive for years without a fall but as soon as i take them off you know darn well whats going to happen!
 

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GWing Randy, coming home from my sons, I laid my bike down because an IDIOT had his signal on and as I was passing him he decided to turn the opposite way:(. Short story guards saved more then just my bike, it did total my bike and I had 22 staples in my head:shock:! July4, hottest day of the year and I usually wear my shorty helmet but nooo,... I also wielded my heat shields back on too!! Does that mean I'm eligible for the "Dropped Wing Club" :D:D :waving:
 
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