Radiator Guards and Braces

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7/26/2021 1:37 PM

Happy Monday!

just curious whos running radiator guards and braces, and which ones to get and which ones to stay away from

looking for 2021 kx250

Please help!

Radiator Guards Do you run them?

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7/26/2021 1:56 PM

I don't. Only experience I've had damaging a radiator was when I hit an uprooted tree and bent the radiator back. A brace holding the radiator in place would have destroyed the radiator. I was able to bend it back and finish the day. Never needed to replace it.


7/26/2021 2:38 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/26/2021 2:39 PM

Never bent a rad on my ktm but bent 3 on my 16 crf250r, some models seem to have this issue more then other, just to be safe you better use the brace, OEM radiator are not cheap.


7/26/2021 2:42 PM

I run the works connection braces on my Yamaha 450 because someone told me the radiators bend easy.. and they look cool.


7/26/2021 3:33 PM

I haven’t replaced a radiator in over 10 years since I started putting Work Connection braces on every bike I own. That is until last year when I got a new bike and the braces were on back order. That was expensive.


7/26/2021 4:05 PM

Works Connection braces on both of my CRF450Rs.


7/26/2021 6:14 PM

Works connection.

I have them on my 125, put them on my 2017 CRF 450 when I bought it new, then kept them for the 18-19-20. Never twisted a radiator.

Didn't buy a set for the 21 RWE, and yeah, I just completely destroyed the radiator this past weekend. I'm sure they would have been just fine if I had brace. Now it is basically too late to put a set on.

I won't ride my 2022 250 before I have a set on.


7/26/2021 6:16 PM

I run them on my off-road bikes that have exposed radiators.


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7/26/2021 7:58 PM

I have bullet proof designs guards on my 22 300xc. They seem very good.


7/26/2021 8:01 PM

I’ve run WC braces in the past. Made no difference when I got slammed in the first turn. Brace folded, rad folder, I folded. Happened twice. Haven’t run one since and haven’t lost a rad to damage. maybe they were magnets?

Hammer 663s


7/27/2021 3:02 AM

My experience: good for reducing damage from small tip overs, but seem to exacerbate damage in big hits.


7/27/2021 5:02 AM

CPR wrote:

My experience: good for reducing damage from small tip overs, but seem to exacerbate damage in big hits.

Same here. Makes is harder to get the rad back straight enough to ride too.


7/27/2021 6:19 AM

You are better off sending your rads to ICW and getting them braced up. Way stronger than the WC braces.


7/27/2021 6:26 AM

I just ordered a set of GYTR radiator braces for my YZ250F this morning. I’ve had WC on my last couple bikes but these look like they fit a lot nicer.