eline pipe guard

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anyone have an eline carbon/kevlar pipe guard on an 89 with an fmf fatty and is it worth the 114 buck? thanks
 

dirt bike dave

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Got one on my CR.  It's a nice item, but I would be reluctant to spend 10% of the value of a bike on a pipe guard.  That money is better spent on other items like a steering damper or suspension work. Or save the $ to go toward a newer bike someday.
 
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There's a big difference between spending $100 on preventative maintenance and buying a new $6k bike. Try www.mxdeals.com. Got mine for $103. Already paid for itself.
 

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The one I had on my 300 was a big waste of money. :silly:

Just get the dents removed.
 

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I was going to put one on my KX, but I crashed before I had a chance. I hit so hard that the pipe was twisted/kinked at the inlet (near the engine). The pipe guard wouldn't have helped in my case - it would have made the kinking worse (even less power) and I would have been out the cost of both the guard and the pipe. :eek:

It think it would have helped in the case of "normal" dents, but the guard is pretty pricey. I'm still on the fence regarding this issue........ :confused:
 
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Originally posted by SpectraSVT
There's a big difference between spending $100 on preventative maintenance and buying a new $6k bike.
True.  You can get a lot of protective armor for what a new bike costs.  But you can also spend too much trying to make a $1,000, 15 year old bike as good as a $3,000 two or three year old bike.  

IMO, improved suspension and steering dampers are also protective equipment, for your bike and your body.  Less crashing = less repairs + more fun. 

For $150+- he can get Race Tech cartridge fork emulators for his '89 KDX.  From personal experience (I had a '90 and my buddy had an '89) I can tell you that this is money very well spent.  Improving the forks makes a HUGE difference on an older KDX.   Or if he puts the money toward a steering damper, he can transfer that to a new bike someday.


Also, on the KDX, the stock chain guide is a weak link and can easily be bent by rocks or roots, locking up the wheel.  I have seen this happen on 3 occassions, and once is was a major hassle.  For the cost of an eline guard, you can get a regular pipe guard and and FRP chain guide for the KDX.
 
 
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The value of the bike doesn't change the cost of replacing pipes or shipping them off to have dents removed.

My Eline has more than paid for itself.