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Yo spete-o, I love you new radiator grille... Will you please post pix over on the "M109R Pictures and Videos" board and give us your comments on quality (fit & finish) and ease of installation? Also, I assume this goes over the OEM grille... is it insulated to prevent buzzing?
This was a fairly simple mod to do. This how to thread will probably be tougher than the actual mod was.
Basically we're taking the OEM grill off, fastening chrome grill to OEM, and reinstalling the OEM grill.
Our manuel will lead you to believe that you have to take the tank off, remove radiator shrouds ect. ( which is what you need to do to do most radiator work), But to get the grill off all you have to do is
-remove tank bolt and lift it up enough to put a towel or something under it . Then slide the tank back and to the right just a bit. This will expose the phillips head screw in the left rad. shroud. Remove both fasteners at the neck. And the plastic tab in the bottom. Now the shroud cover is fasten only by a couple of rubber washer connections like you find on most of the body covers. Just pull forward to release first one, then lift up and you should be holding half a radiator shroud in your hands.
Now it's time to remove the grill. It is fastened to the rad. with a 4mm bolt at the top and it clips on to each side of the rad. Unscrew and unclip and you should look like this.
Now its time to fit chrome grill over OEM. New grill has a tab on each side of the M109R logo that the OEM slips into. I needed to adjust the angle of the tabs to allow it to fit properly.
The new grill comes with a screw and plastic washer for fastening to top. It's best to drill a pilot hole. you'll see in the pic I have 2 holes. This was trial and error for me. The first hole I drilled was too far back and the angle of the grill and the shroud were off. Keep the hole towards the front edge of the OEM grill.
You may want to clean the radiator and other parts you can't get to with the covers on.
Now we're ready to finish the job. When reinstalling the grill, you'll want to clip the right side first since that cover is on. Then line up the bolt holes and clip the left side in. Tighten bolt. Put the parts back on in the reverse order they came off and you're done. Sorry I don't have any reassembly pics. Batterys died.
This is the finished mod.
I bought this piece from the guy on ebay. It's a quality product that IMO adds a nice touch to the rad. and I think it may help keep the rad. cleaner too.
Hope this helps anyone doing this mod.