Installing A Rite Performance Radiator Roost GuardPosted in How To: Engine on April 8, 2017
Roost happens, and part of driving and competing off-road is the chance that rocks will be launched at you by another vehicle, or by your own vehicle hitting itself with debris, are good. It’s why race helmets have near ballistic-rated face shields. So it goes that the chances of rocks hitting tender parts are good, and by that we mean bad, especially if one of those tender bits is your radiator.
The fact that Curtis Zamora at Rite Performance even thought of producing this Radiator Roost Guard for the Yamaha YXZ 1000R was due to his buddy having one, and they noticed that his radiator had been damaged by flying rocks that he encountered while out with his buddies. To look at it, it seems that the radiator is fairly out of the way, but closer inspection shows that the radiators on the YXZ’s are positioned behind the front suspension components, rather than out in front of them. That means that it’s possible that it was his buddy’s own YXZ that may have sent the rocks toward the radiator from below.
Either way, the need for a guard is there, and now one’s available from Rite Performance. There hasn’t been any change to the YXZ’s basic physical design, so the RP Radiator Boost Guard fits the 2016 and 2017 YXZ 1000R’s whether they are shifters or the SS paddle shifter models.
Rite has built their guard using 3D CAD and a laser cutter to produce the cold-rolled steel frame that has a stainless steel mesh centersection. A Rubber Isolator is in place to protect the area where the frame contacts the radiator, and factory hardware is used to bolt it together. The frame features a black powdercoated finish.
Installation is simple, yet slightly involved as the entire front plastic section of bodywork needs to be removed to get to the radiator. It’s not difficult, as it just bolts to the YXZ frame, but figure that this install will take about an hour to complete.