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    Radiator Guard Foam Rubber

    Hi,

    Hope this is the correct forum for this question, my apologies if its not.

    I bought this radiator guard and installed it last night.
    Black Aluminum Radiator Guard Grill For YAMAHA MT09 FZ09 13 14 15 | eBay

    Looks great and only 10.00

    It came with 2 pieces of black foam rubber and no instructions so I guessed and stuck them along the bottom to keep the guard a consistent distance away from the radiator.
    However, before I head down the road and these melt into the fins.... has anyone else installed a guard like this and maybe could give me some piece of mind on where these foam rubber strips are supposed to go?

    Thanks in advance.

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    I bought a similar guard. I didn't use those rubber adhesive strips that came along with it. Just a little zip tie at the bottom.

    Like you said, I wouldn't run the risk of those things melting and the glue getting all gunked up in the radiator.

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    That looks like a China knock-off copy of this R&G Racing Radiator Guard.

    Radiator Guard - Yamaha MT-09 MT09 '13- - RAD0159

    If you read through the R&G install instructions: http://www.rg-racing.com/Images/Prod...df1929_127.pdf

    It says on page 3.

    FITTING INSTRUCTIONS
    -To fit the radiator guard to the bike cut the foam strip provided into 10mm wide pieces and stick them to the back of the radiator guard frame, so that they sit between the radiator guard and the radiator.


    The foam pieces are to offset the rad guard from the rad and prevent it from rubbing on the radiator and wearing a hole in it.

    If the foam is the same as R&G supplies with their guard, it can handle the heat and won't melt.

    I have the Evotech rad guard on my bike and it also uses two pieces of black foam to offset the guard from the rad. My guard has been on the bike for a couple years with no issues, the foam is fine and the glue strips on the foam having done anything.
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    I have the one from R&G and also used the foam rubber.
    After 4.000 km., no issues at all.
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    I bought basically the same radiator guard. I made a video on how I installed it. I would scrap the rubber and just put it straight on the radiator. The rubber will probably melt. If you're worried about the guard getting hot buy some grill paint. Has a high temp rating and paint the guard.

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    I watched your video before I did my install, it was really helpful.
    I also went looking for install guides dismissed that one because the first picture looked different, I should have looked at the other pics I would have realized they were the same.

    Got home too late and tired to ride so I'll try an experiment.
    I have some of the foam rubber left over. I'll heat up my toaster oven I use for powder coating and see when the form rubber starts to melt/smoke/do something. it it can take 300-350F, I'm good.

    Thank you everyone.

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    If it's Neoprene Closed-Cell Foam, it can handle the radiator temperatures, if not????
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    Safe to 325, at 350 will melt and stick.
    Keeping it on as I like having the guard with some distance between it and the fins.

    So far thumbs up on this 10.00 knock off.

    Thanks
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    I've got hard rubber spacers between the grill and the fins, they haven't melted at all, airflow keeps temps down.
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