I used the Fredette bark busters (aluminum guards) and plastic hand guards. The aluminum guards are really stout, already had to use them once :scream: and everything worked out well.
- instructions don't tell you how to install in stock bars.
- no pre-drilled holes in the aluminum for the plastic guards (but they did provide a drill bit for this purpose).
- pictures would have helped a lot for a newbie like me...
- not a custom fit...the instructions recommend bending the aluminum as necessary to get a good fit.
Overall, the FRP products are good and I recommend them. About $80 for everything (aluminum and plastic guards), including S&H.
I use aluminum Moose guards and Enduro Engineering plastic guards on the inside. I like the set-up because the guards are strong and the plastic mounts inside so it won't be damaged during intimate enounters with trees.
However, as long as you get a strong aluminum guard that is designed to glance off of trees you will be fine. It will force you to cut your levers off, but you will adapt quickly.
Hey, what's more important? Full length fingers or levers??
I feel my bars are so much stronger since I added the bark busters! I've hit many trees and a couple of boulders head on with no more lever breakage and no bent bars:thumb:
I paid $15 for mine on ebay w/shipping
I've been running the Acerbis rally guards on my KDX's for about 5 years now. i used to run the alluminum guards on my YZ, but a few of the guys at the HS and GNCC's that I race told me stories of breaking hands and wrists after hitting trees at speed (they said that the Al alloy on the Acerbis Rally-Pro was to rigid, upon impact their metacarpals folded around the bar), they suggested the all-plastic rally's. My parts guy (KTM racer) told me the same story, and my neighbor (2nd place 1985 Blackwater 100, 250 4-stroke) told me stories of the bark-busters folding back and breaking wrists during impacts. I think that there has been a dramatic improvement in handguard tecnology since 1985, but I hit ALOT of trees and the plastic rally's have never let me down. I still have the same levers and perches that were on the day I put the guards on. If you ride year-round in an area that gets all 4 seasons, you will want the spoilers (they keep alot of mud off the grips, and help keep the wind off in sub-0 temps) and I have had to replace those a few times. I never had any trouble with the bars bending (AND I CRASH HARD), but I use rubber mounts, which have a little give. One of my KTM riding buddies had the Al guards, went down hard, and the bars simply bent between the mounting bracket of the bars and the inside mounting bracket of the guard. I think that the Al alloy guards look better (especially the Cycra's), I guess it just depends on how often and how hard you hit trees.
Best of luck, never stop riding!!!
I kept breaking my plastic guards (think they were UFO, but not sure), so went with the metal insert ones & they're fine (except I keep bending them in).
I keep hearing stories about broken wrists from them, but have yet to meet someone who's done it. One person I know had the plastic insert ones & hit a branch, which smashed through the guards, pulling in his clutch/brake lever (can't remember which side) causing him to go over the bars & break his shoulder. Sorry, but I'll stick to my Rally Pro's with metal inserts.
Oh, I managed to break a brake lever last weekend - hit the ground & the damn ball fell off - guess it was metal fatigue lol
I have the acrebis rally guards and like them a lot. I like the look of the enduro engineering ones better but have never been able to get them to fit right without cutting the levers. (Aren't they there to save the levers? Not facilitate their cutting?) Never break levers anymore. I did bend my handlebars when I laid it down at about 20 mph and slid into a tree but that was the worst wreck I ever had. (needed to get a new helmet after that one)
My bro had the plastic ones on his old bike and he broke them though they were stout for lesser falls. THE BEST are from Summers Racing (dont know if he makes them for the KDX yet) and they mount from the bar end to the triple clamp. My brother now has those on his 650 and stock bars and they will take any impact.
Bottom line: get some if you ride trails, a friend of a friend had the end of his finger cut off when it was squished between the grip and lever upon impact with a tree. Doctors couldn't put it back on.
I wasted my money on these the first time. Every time the bike fell over they would bend. I mean it got to the point, they started to bow inward. The aluminum is too soft. They must be using the soft 2024 crap.
I then got a pair of Moose H-Guards, man do these things hold up. I'm not into smacking trees like youse guys, but mine hits the ground and whatever else I can find.
I have managed to bend the throttle side, but only slightly. It's only noticeable when you take it off. I can tell you if you put a GOOD pair of guards on, you WON'T be replacing levers again.
Also, I'm on my second pair of deflectors if that's any indication of the amount of riding and wreckin'. :laugh: