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post #1 of 16 Old Sep 5th, 2019, 5:11 pm Thread Starter
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Installing crash bars on a 2016 R1200RT

Are "head savers" or "valve cover protectors" difficult to install?

I only want them for highway pegs.

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Are "head savers" or "valve cover protectors" difficult to install?

I only want them for highway pegs.

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Generally, no. However, each kit is different; my Ilium Works engine crash bars needed some bodywork removal, but other than needing some extensions and such, it wasn't difficult to install.
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The Ztechnik bars were pretty easy to install on my 2016 RTW, look great (IMHO), and have a special tab for mounting an aux light.

I've mounted the Ilium Works Adjustable Highway pegs on the lowest horizontal bar on the Ztechniks and they work great, when the pegs are folded it looks like it really belongs on the motorcycle. They do not come cheap but the design, fit, function, workmanship really shows.

I will comment that this setup has the pegs way out past the heads. I"m not certain I'm flexible enough to use both pegs at once.

I'd post a picture but it's too much of a PIA on this site (IMNSHO)

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I'd post a picture but it's too much of a PIA on this site (IMNSHO)

Just my $0.02

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Re: Installing crash bars on a 2016 R1200RT

My '14's head protectors were easy to install...

I turned the photo upside down so you could see it better...
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Re: Installing crash bars on a 2016 R1200RT

Got Ilium Works on my 18 RT along with hi-way pegs. Pretty e-z to install. Took about an hour.
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I have the same bars with pegs attached...
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I have the same bars with pegs attached...
Pretty cool, thanks for posting. Where did you get those pegs?
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The Ztechnik bars were pretty easy to install on my 2016 RTW, look great (IMHO), and have a special tab for mounting an aux light.

I've mounted the Ilium Works Adjustable Highway pegs on the lowest horizontal bar on the Ztechniks and they work great, when the pegs are folded it looks like it really belongs on the motorcycle. They do not come cheap but the design, fit, function, workmanship really shows.

I will comment that this setup has the pegs way out past the heads. I"m not certain I'm flexible enough to use both pegs at once.

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I have the Ztechnik bars on a 2017 and really like them until I changed the spark plugs. It was a pain to get the spark plug covers off with the bars.
Any one else have the same problem or am I mechanically inept? It looks like the bars will have to come off to do a valve check.

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I got them from Revzilla. I don’t remember the actual product name. Also be aware that those bars are 1 inch in diameter, not 7/8” like the ad might state. I made them aware of that mistake a while ago but I do not know if they have fixed it or not.

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Are "head savers" or "valve cover protectors" difficult to install?

I only want them for highway pegs.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
The bars that you have linked are pretty easy to install. You will need a small jack to place under the engine because you will be replacing an engine mounting bolt with a longer one. The jack is to take the load off the bolt.
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Re: Installing crash bars on a 2016 R1200RT

Ilium bars front and rear on my 16RT. Install was quite easy. I did not rush and it took about 4 hours. I am sure it could be done in half the time. I am cautious.

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I’m looking to buy some heed crash bars, has anyone any experience with these and fitment?
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I’m looking to buy some heed crash bars, has anyone any experience with these and fitment?
I got these installed a couple of days ago, very easy. Perfect fit, only two places do they touch the bike, and no adjustment was needed.

You will need a helper to hold the wrench on the off-side so you can take the motor mount rod nut loose, and then again to tighten the new one. My nut was very tight, I mean very very tight. Had blue locktight on it, but was difficult as if it was red.

Also a jack to lift the motor slightly SLIGHTLY, to take the load off the motor mount rod as you use the new one to drift out the old one. A good torque wrench as the lower four bolts go into aluminum and you do not want to over tighten them.

One the bike, they are unobtrusive which I like, and am waiting for some highway pegs to complete this task.

I got them for highway peg mounting, not for crash damage avoidance, but if it helps, it helps.

Once I get the highway pegs I will post photos to close out this thread.
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