13 Mar 2016 F800GSA // Heed Crashbar Install
Heed Crashbar Installation
Read my previous post on why I chose the Heed Crashbars over others. Let’s jump right in to the installation, despite the “OK” instructions provided, I found a few changes made it easier to install. Sorry.. I didn’t clean my GSA before the installation!
- T50 Torx bit
- T45 Torx bit
- T25 Torx bit
- 17mm socket
- 13mm socket
- Blue Loctite
Remove existing stock side bars using a T45 Torx bit
BMW seemed to put some thread sealer on these bolts. After removal I had to clean a bit of it off for the new bolts to start threading easier.
Remove top bolt from stock guards.
Next remove the center Torx bolts under the radiator with a T25. Once these are moved the two bars will come apart. Just be careful not to scratch your engine when working with them.
Stock guards removed!
Bring on the protection! See the comparison in size…
Now we are ready to begin installing the Heed bars.. first install the bottom bracket using M10/30mm bolts provided with a 13mm socket. I put blue Loctite on all of my bolts. Just put them on about half way for now. This will allow room to move the bracket to match up with the crashbars easier.
The instructions say to put the bottom bolts on the crashbars first, but I found it much easier to install in this order:
- Frame bolts
- Bottom bracket connector bolts
- Bottom side bolts
- Top bracket connector bolts
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Install Right Crashbar
Grab a small screw driver and remove the plastic circular cover over the frame bolts. It comes off easy. Get your Heed right crashbar and the M10/110mm bolt ready. NOTE: the right side bolt is longer than the left. Using a T50 Torx bit, remove the frame bolt noted as #1. On the right side, there is a spacer between the frame and block, so be ready to hold it in place as you swap out the Torx bold with the Heed bar and bolt. Just get the bolt on half way or so.
Now connect the right crashbar to the bottom bracket at #2, half way again. Next you can move on to the bottom side bolts at #3. On the right side, both bottom bolts have black spacers that will go between the block and crashbar.
Install Left Crashbar
Follow the same steps on the left crashbar install. Remove the frame T50 Torx bolt, since this side is shorter, I had to use a small hook to get the bolt out.
Note: the bottom bolts at #3 on the right side, only the left bolt, closest to the front wheel, has a black spacer.
Once you have both right & left crashbars attached at location #1, #2, & #3, it’s time to install the top bracket. It will mount to the crashbars on the top mounts and should install fairly easy as the holes are slotted.
Now we are ready to tighten all the bolts up. I believe I tightened up in the same order I installed them, leaving the top bracket last. Once you snug up the bolts you can see how sturdy these crashbars become, with TWO cross brackets, instead of one like other brands.
Heed gives you these nice little bolt covers, but I’m not sure how long the will last. Guess you could put some silicon on them to hold them on… maybe I’ll do that.
And here’s a few installed photos…
Crashbars do not interfere with leg room sitting or standing!
Fit and finish are top notch, everything installed with ease and they look awesome! I’m very happy with the Heed F800GS Adventure Crashbars, and they offer the best protection at the best price.
When adding oil with the crashbars a funnel will be needed.. not an issue for me, just wanted to throw that out there…
Heed F800GS Adventure Crashbars = BASHER APPROVED!