that's another story). When they arrived, sure enough, my bars had a scratch in the paint. You can see it in the photo on the right, at the top of the left-hand bar, near the bend where the bar begins to curve downwards. Can you see it?
How about now? Yep, that's it. That tiny little scratch was all the damage there was. As I said over at Stromtrooper, consider it "factory distressed." :)
Anyway, I unpacked the bars, set up a work table in the garage and got to work installing the bars, which was about a one hour job. It was pretty painless, and as others have said, the hardest part of the install is breaking loose the threadlock that Suzuki paints on the engine mount bolts. The bolts are allen-head bolts, so you'll need a 6mm allen head wrench, and a piece of pipe to use as a breaker bar, because unless you hail from Krypton, there's no way you're getting those suckers loose with a just four inch long allen wrench.
Step 9: I'm cheating a bit here...duplicate steps 1-7 on the other side of the bike. Installation of the other crash bar is identical to this side, so I'm not going to write it up separately. After installing both crash bars, slide the clamp so that it is centered on both bars and tighten the bolts to lock the two sides of the crash bars together. Then, reinstall the trim pieces you removed earlier, and you're done!
|The completed installation|