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stuck in 6th gear,
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if anyone is thinking of getting some Protek framesliders for their bike, I can't say that I'd recommend them.

my bike got to test them out yesterday and the results are mixed. It probably saved me over a $1k in replacement parts but I'm disappointed in the fact that the bolt was bent from a 5-10mph booboo. I'd hate to think how poor it would have done if the bike had been lost at speed on a turn :(
 

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stuck in 6th gear,
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just have to bend the brake pedal back and do the cheap fix for the plastic - cover it up with CLSB and racing stickers :laughing
 

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YO MAMA
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ernie...it is better it bends then breaks off...if it broke off then went sliding around...the slider protection means NOTHING...you want them to remain on while the bike is moving...NOT when the bike hits the ground..it goes snapping off.and your bike goes sliding down the raod with nothing TRYING to protect it.


ask champ...he knows
 

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stuck in 6th gear,
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maybe it's just my mistaken expectation that the delrin (nylon or whatever) material is what wears down and protects the bike and the bolt is fine.

some of the others that looked at the bolt commented on how cheesy the bolt strength was and that it should have come with something that was hardened a little better.

if the bolt hadn't bent, then the slider would have protected the bike a little better.


everybody else that got to test their sliders on the road or the track, how did your's fare? was it just the slider that got abused or did you guys have your bolts bend on you too?
 

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I can make my bike lean!
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Odysseys said:
ernie...it is better it bends then breaks off...if it broke off then went sliding around...the slider protection means NOTHING...you want them to remain on while the bike is moving...NOT when the bike hits the ground..it goes snapping off.and your bike goes sliding down the raod with nothing TRYING to protect it.
Or if the bolt is so hard that it doesnt bend from impact and snaps your frame/engine mount off, something has to absorb a shearing impact if it occurs. What numbers are on the bolt head for your sliders? If they are unnumbered they might be hardware store grade bolts that bend real easy.
 

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"PC" ,my balls
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I went and threw my bike down just so we could tell them apart and now you drop your's on the right side. Are you stalking me or something?:laughing Too bad it wasn't the other side so we could swap good plastic or something.
 

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Tgf Og
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to me that bolt looked a little cheesy could you amagine if he had a 50+mph lowside that would have bent all the way in and did nothing to protect the bike. I think a little harder bolt would be better, nothing to hard that it would snap instead of bend but enough to hold the slider out where it needs to be in a lowside or down.
just my.o2.
 

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Tgf Og
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on a side note, i think its cool that suzuki incorporated some old tooling into there new bikes. My spare bolts where an exact match to his stock bolt and he was able to get his bike home without worrying about his motor mounts!!:thumbsup
 

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IDK WTF TO PUT HERE NOW!
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Only other thing that could have contributed to the bolt bending was the speed. I'll bet that the slider took the impact on the top, and not the edges/sides. When you slide, the stress is horizontial, when it gets hit on the head like a nail, then the stress is vertical.

Either event, the slider DID do it's job, and saved a lot of damage from happening.

I'd be pissed tho, since more damage would have been avoided had the bolt not bent.

I'm just glad Ernie was able to walk away. Our new crash club president.
Ciao,
Lupi
 

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Who's faster Lupi
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Sorry to hear you fell Ernie. Eventhough your not fully satisfied, it appears the sliders did save you a bit. Better it bent and not snap off. Then you might have been trying to chase a broken bolt out of your engine case. Justa thought. Good to see Jim was able to help ya out.
 

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Evil Moderatrix,
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OW!!!! What happened?

(if it's any consolation, both the left and right bolts on the TL got bent during her "excursion"). John was able to move 'em over to the '00 tho.
 

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Evil Moderatrix,
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"Work"... hmmm... that was long before CLSB!!!
 

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Man with Big Hose
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let's see......75 cent bolt or $300 plastic bodywork? I'll pay 75 cents anyday!
 
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