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Yamaha FJR1300 Foot Guards
System Category: Chassis
Activity Type: Accessory
FJR Model Year: 2003  2004  2004 ABS  All model years
Date Submitted:Sept, 2003

2004 FJR1300ABS Foot Guard Installation

-= Protecting the feet and ankles during rainy/cold conditions =-
Yamaha FJR1300 has a "Foot Guard" option whereby two very cleverly molded pieces of plastice are affixed to the lower, outer portions of the cowling bodywork via wellnuts. The only dicey part about installing these Guards (for most folks) is the need to drill into your bodywork in order to install the wellnuts! Yamaha USA still doesn't import these, but I scored my set through FJRGoodies.com ==> FJR1300 Foot Guards

First, have your lovely young assistant lay out all the parts/pieces for you:  

The kit consists of the two footguards, 8 wellnuts, 8 philips-head fasteners, and 8 smoky-white plastic washers. It also comes with about a half-dozen various little "decals" that are supposed to serve as templates for drilling the holes for your well-nuts. The instructions contains oh-so useful advice, such as this gem here: "Position the protection decal C on the right fairing, starting from line D indicated on the sketch; then position E starting from line F."

Um, yeah. Okay. Now throw the instructions and all the decals away so you are left with these three items: 2 Foot Guards (marked 'R' for right, 'L' for left, as one sits on the bike) and the little baggie of fastening hardware:

Note in above image the small "openings" near the two letters 'R' and 'L'. You must position the Footguards such that this lower opening allows straightaway access to the attending lower fairing fastener on the bike itself. Place each Guard such that it lines up with this lower opening, then ensure the top portion of the Foot Guard aligns with the bodywork as intended and sits flush against the bodywork as designed. Now simply mark the fastener openings with a Sharpie or other black felt-tip marker, as seen below:
Unlike myself, the smart Farkler will get a proper Uni-Bit and drill these holes properly. Sadly, I don't have one, so it was the old-fashion way for me. If you go this route, start with extremely small bits, and slowly work your way up to the required 9.5mm..... which, fortunately, is just about 3/8". So I drilled and drilled and went through about a dozen different size bits, the final one being 3/8":
Once holes are drilled and wellnuts inserted, simply affix Foot Guard using the four phillips-head screws.

Stand back and admire your handiwork as seen below. Then slowly become pissed off as you notice that Yamaha gave you cheesy-ass gnarly Phillips-head screws to affix these footguards, leaving big, obtrusive silver hardware to disrupt your nice smooth lines of the charcoal-colored Foot Guards. No, no, no.... we'll have to do better than that!
It is fortunate that the regular allen-head fairing fasteners have the same size as the gnarley phillips-head screws. So I run down to Sunnyside and score 4 of them, come back home, and spray the allen-head bolts a nice semi-gloss black:

FINAL RESULTS! Unobtrusive, functional, and stealthy black fasteners look completely kick-ass!!
Other Notes:

I had these Foot Guards on a 2003 FJR that I rode for several thousand miles, and I can attest they work as advertised and are a big help in the rainy, frigid winters we have here in Pacific Northwest.

But as with anything in life, there are pro/con tradeoffs. While they do a splendid job of keeping your feet warm and dry in inclement weather, not everyone is up for drilling holes in their fairings. Yet, it's only a one-time job, and definitely worth it if you ride year-round and/or commute in rain, etc.

About the only two downsides are: i) you will have to remove the left Foot Guard every time you change your oil filter (which is only 4 fasteners; no biggie), and ii) without question, you'll have to use a flashlight from now on in order to check the oil-level sight glass.

But IMHO, these two slight drawbacks are a trivial price to pay to have warm, dry feet while riding in the winter wet!


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