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Hi all,

Bought an aftermarket radiator guard at the Motorcycle Live show at the NEC this year for my 2016 Tiger 1200 XRx. Instructions were absolutely incorrect, and even the triumph service manual for the pre 2015 model was incorrect. This is the guide for a 2015-onwards bike with the curved radiator! You will need:

  • Allen Keys (Ball end ones will help)
  • Possibly some torx screwdrivers or torx bits, depending on fixings you have for the radiator
  • M6 x 14mm Fixings (You choose the head type and grade. I went with hexalobular torx panhead screws in A4 grade stainless from Accuscrews because Torx screws are easiest to undo after years of mud spray)



Now, to get started, get the bike up on it's centre stand and remove the Triumph badges from either side of the tank.



and remove the plastic trim in front of the tank filler, remembering the 12v socket is plugged in underneath and there's a tab that hooks into a bracket in the tank. Don't rip it, tease it.





Now, on both sides of the bike, remove the inner trims beside the front suspension legs. You'll need to move the bars around to get tools in, so make sure your bike isn't "walking" forward into a position where you can't roll it down off the centre stand when you do this.





Now, with these panels off and set aside, you can begin removing the tank fairings. Unscrew the fixings at the back of the tank:



And remove the fixing at the top, which secures both this little angled bracket and the fairing to the tank:



And unscrew the fixing you uncovered beneath the Triumph badges, and the sides should come free with a bit of wiggling. Don't pull anything roughly, if it's not moving then you probably missed a screw. Be aware that the "wings" that hang down the side of the radiator slide over some tabs on the radiator itself, make sure the rubbers don't pull out (and if they do, put them back in place before refitting)

Now, you should have exposed the radiator and there are four handy bosses that the kind folk at Triumph have provided.



Now, I don't want to go all metallurgist on you but these are aluminium threads in an aluminium radiator. You should have fixings with your radiator or (like me) you don't and had to specify your own. I don't need to tell you that this area gets messy, road spray, salt, mud etc and it also heat cycles from air temperature up to 90 degrees centigrade - this is the WORST possible situation for metal fixings, so if you put in cheap mild steel they will corrode horribly and possibly damage your radiator. Steel and Stainless Steel in aluminium threads cause different reactions, steel rusts and damages the threads while stainless steel promotes the aluminium to corrode (known as galvanic corrosion) and can actually be worse than regular orange rust. Do your research, coat your fixing threads with something that will inhibit corrosion of either part, but will not help the fixings vibrate loose (NO COPPERSLIP OR LITHIUM GREASE) - in my case I used a high temperature blue lock tight paste.

Now, the guard is installed. This particular one is stainless steel, powdercoated satin black, and is a product from Beowulf.



Now, refitting all the panels can be fiddly. Start by locating the rubber slots on the tabs of the radiator, and then fitting the top tabs of the fairing OVER the boss on the tank.







Refit all of the fixings, I started at the back working forwards, fitting the rear fixing lightly and the one with the little bracket up top, and the one under the Triumph badge. Make sure the fairing is sitting straight and there are no major gaps, if there are then readjust. Tighten all of these fixings down (don't go wild, its only plastic) and then refit the trims beside the fork legs and then refit the top tank trim.

JOB DONE, time for a recovery ale.  :030:
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Re: Fitting a Radiator Guard to Tiger Explorer 1200 XR XC 2015 16 17 18
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2018, 12:10:49 PM »
 :152:

Nice job and good advice re the fixings. Its amazing how many manufacturing companies don't employ Chemists & Metallurgists effectively (or at all). You can see many obvious blunders in all sorts of products on sale. I was going to say "these days" but my old chemistry teacher was moaning about this back in the 70's.

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Re: Fitting a Radiator Guard to Tiger Explorer 1200 XR XC 2015 16 17 18
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2019, 11:10:15 AM »
Good post on how to do this. That is a good looking radiator guard.

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Re: Fitting a Radiator Guard to Tiger Explorer 1200 XR XC 2015 16 17 18
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2019, 01:43:09 PM »
Fitted a Power Bronze one to my ‘15 TEx a couple of years ago. I didn’t need to remove anything to do it.

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Re: Fitting a Radiator Guard to Tiger Explorer 1200 XR XC 2015 16 17 18
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2019, 04:10:48 PM »
I don't know what the PowerBronze guard looks like but certainly this Beowulf one needed loads of trim shifting. I think it may have been possible to fit it with only two fixings if I had someone to bend the plastic trims back out of the way but if one snapped that would cost more than the whole guard did in the first place  :008:
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Re: Fitting a Radiator Guard to Tiger Explorer 1200 XR XC 2015 16 17 18
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2019, 04:59:05 PM »
*Originally Posted by XCaTel [+]
I was going to say "these days" but my old chemistry teacher was moaning about this back in the 70's.
Oh yeah! Like when I tried to unscrew Mrs NiK's ('87) VFR front caliper. The thing was alloy and the main bolt was steel (or vice versa; seems I'm aging). What I clearly remember is the number of HOURS it took me to untight the damn thing. Heat, hammer, grease, and again, and again...

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Re: Fitting a Radiator Guard to Tiger Explorer 1200 XR XC 2015 16 17 18
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2019, 01:48:30 PM »
Fitted an official one to my 16 XR last night, this guide helped so thanks! Getting the panel back on with the prong going through the middle of the rubber was a PITA but I got there in the end. I didn't fancy trying to bend the panels out of the way to shortcut the job.

I can't believe it takes 18 bolts to be removed to fit a simple guard!

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Re: Fitting a Radiator Guard to Tiger Explorer 1200 XR XC 2015 16 17 18
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2019, 02:16:26 PM »
*Originally Posted by Fazer [+]
Fitted a Power Bronze one to my ‘15 TEx a couple of years ago. I didn’t need to remove anything to do it.

 The Powerbronze guard is not held on using the tapped holes in the radiator. Instead it uses what are effectively tie wraps at the four corners but instead of being made of plastic they are thin metal strips. I guess they must be stainless since mine has been on for over 3 years and never shown any corrosion nor has it moved at all.

Not sure if this image from the Powerbronze website will display here:

https://www.powerbronze.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/1/thumbnail/800x/17f82f742ffe127f42dca9de82fb58b1/5/2/520-t106_1.jpg
« Last Edit: March 19, 2019, 02:21:08 PM by Fazer »

 


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