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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 14-Mar-2013, 01:31 PM (772) Thread Starter
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Oil cooler guard installation?

Hi guys, anybody have experience installing a touratech oil cooler guard, having to take the beak off and such. It seems to be such a pain, with a few tricky bits that are not explained well, considering some guards just mount to the side of the beak with two screws, this one entails taking the whole front end of the beak apart, and then holding it in place with two twist ties, seems lame.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 14-Mar-2013, 04:18 PM (887)
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The wunderlich screen on my '05 is attached at the oil cooler mounting screws. Still have to remove the beak to install. I didn't find it all that much of a big deal.


Perhaps it's harder on the newer bikes. Dunno.
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I have the same guard (Touratech).
It's not as bad as it seems. Putting the beak back together, remember there are pins and tabs on both sides that need to line up.
It only takes a few minutes.
Also, try to make sure your zip-tie buckles are at the top or bottom edges or the oil cooler, not somewhere in the middle.
It sounds daunting when the instructions say, "unmount the oil cooler", but it's also not a big deal. Then you gently lower it so you can put the guard on.

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Just did this the other day on my 2012 GSA. Like you, I was dreading the process and not sure about the zip tie connection. Turns out its really a piece of cake and a good way to get to know that part of your bike. Didn't take long at all and the zip ties are really more insurance than anything else. Go for it.
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Oil cooler guard installation

Thanks, gentlemen for your input. Will tackle this on the next warm day, and i will let you know how it turns out.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 19-Mar-2013, 03:01 AM (334)
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Mr. Postman just delivered a small box with my Wunderlich oil cooler guard for my R1200GS 2012 Triple Black. Any advice before I start tearing the bike apart to install it?
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ALTRIDER cooler guard installation

My only suggestion is when its time to remove the beak, or put it back on, go REALLY SLOW. There is nothing complicated about this job, just don't rush it and you'll be fine.

Apparently no matter what "decent" oil cooler guard you purchase, the beak has to come off, so I decided to go with the ALTRIDER oil cooler guard because it was cheaper.

It took me two hours but I went really slow and was interrupted a couple times. The real pain is putting the beak back on.

After only 1,100 miles I still cant believe the crud, bugs, etc that were in the oil cooler coils. Also, a couple of the blades already had a couple bends in them from small stones hitting the oil cooler. I'm shocked that BMW sells an enduro type bike that they know for a fact is going to be taken off road without a standard factory oil cooler guard in-place at delivery. What were they thinking?

The next time I'm at the stealership I'm going to pick up a few extra body molding clips that accept the screws that hold the body molding in place. I really beat up a couple of mine doing this job. They can't be more than a couple bucks each.

In-case you're wondering, those are SW-MOTECH crash bars. Another easy install job.

Below are three pictures. Sorry about the sideways view but you get the idea.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-Apr-2016, 11:14 PM (176)
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Just installed this bit tonight, the Wunderlich one in black. Very happy with the fit and finish!

A pointer - it indeed is unnecessary to remove the beak, much less the headlight cluster and instrument display as the directions indicate.

The guard can rotate, even after its tightened, allowing access to the bolt heads which obviously need to be held in order to tighten. See this video:

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