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    Ilium Works Engine and Bag Guards

    I just had my 6K service done last Friday and also had the Ilium Works engine and bag guards installed. On my way home, I noticed a vibration (at about 50 mph) that was not there before. I seem to remember reading something about this after someone installed engine guards.

    For you who have made this install, have you noticed this?
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    I have the Illium front engine and rear (saddle bag) guards installed on my 2018 RTW. I haven't noticed any particular vibration. Of course getting off a K75S and then riding the RTW does cause one to notice the difference in vibration (the K75S is as smooth as glass.) But, the boxer motor on the RTW seems pretty smooth as does the one on my oilhead (R1100RS) {after adjusting the valves to the proper clearances and re-syncing the throttle bodies - following the re-torque of the head bolts - following a replacement of a leaking head gasket - prior to that the oilhead definitely had a worrisome vibration, not so much now.}

    You could try this -

    Check that fasteners are tight

    Loosen fasteners so that the guards find their "natural" position, then re-tighten all to a proper torque.

    Following are some guides for recommended torque values for metric fasteners -
    https://www.boltdepot.com/fastener-i...ed-Torque.aspx
    https://www.swtc.edu/Ag_Power/diesel...e%20values.pdf
    https://crafter.fastenal.com/static-..._Fasteners.pdf
    https://www.imperialsupplies.com/pdf...rqueCharts.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by robsryder View Post
    I have the Illium front engine and rear (saddle bag) guards installed on my 2018 RTW. I haven't noticed any particular vibration. Of course getting off a K75S and then riding the RTW does cause one to notice the difference in vibration (the K75S is as smooth as glass.) But, the boxer motor on the RTW seems pretty smooth as does the one on my oilhead (R1100RS) {after adjusting the valves to the proper clearances and re-syncing the throttle bodies - following the re-torque of the head bolts - following a replacement of a leaking head gasket - prior to that the oilhead definitely had a worrisome vibration, not so much now.}

    You could try this -

    Check that fasteners are tight

    Loosen fasteners so that the guards find their "natural" position, then re-tighten all to a proper torque.

    Following are some guides for recommended torque values for metric fasteners -
    https://www.boltdepot.com/fastener-i...ed-Torque.aspx
    https://www.swtc.edu/Ag_Power/diesel...e%20values.pdf
    https://crafter.fastenal.com/static-..._Fasteners.pdf
    https://www.imperialsupplies.com/pdf...rqueCharts.pdf
    Thanks!!! I will try that this weekend.
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    I only have the rear bag guards and love them. But I believe I have heard when folks were installing the Illium Works Front Engine guards they could touch the motor and needed to be adjusted. If that is happening that could very well cause a vibration. I would check all the point on the front guards where they may touch.

    Just a thought.
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    Ragman:

    Yes; the front bars are close to the engine and if not adjusted properly can rub and probably cause some noise and/or vibration.

    Hopefully your dealer gave you the Illium installation instructions. If not, Illium's website has a pretty darn good video on doing the installation including the recommended torque values. You don't mention which model you have. Here's a link to the instructions for the RT

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFsU3yCUt7g

    If you don't have the printed Illium installation instructions for the RT and want a copy, PM me your email address. I'll scan my copy and send it to you as a jpg file.

    Ride safe, have fun.
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    I have not noticed any additional vibration.

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