Frequently Asked Questions
What is a frame slider?
Frame sliders are the cylindrically shaped objects you may have seen attached to the sides of
any popular sportbike. They are designed to minimize damage to the sides of the bike in the
event of a crash or drop. They are normally made of two different types of materials including
metal or plastic. Frame sliders generally bolt to the engine mounting point on the frame.
Why should I purchase frame sliders?
Frame sliders are a protection accessory for your motorcycle. In most cases of crashes and drops, the
frame sliders limit the amount of damage done to the fairings, frame, engine case covers, gas tank, and
other components. In many instances, frame sliders have paid for themselves in one crash or drop. And
sometimes, frame sliders can mean the difference between riding the bike away from a drop or crash, or
having a truck haul your bike home.
A frame slider is not a forcefield for the motorcycle. Simply installing a set of frame sliders does not mean
you can crash your bike at any speed and ride away with zero damage. A frame slider is a product that
makes an attempt at minimizing damage to the motorcycle. A part is available elsewhere for customers who
wish to be able to crash the bike with virtually no damage- that part is called a crash cage.
Why do you offer them in two different sizes and what size should I get?
Probably the most commonly asked question. The different sizes refer to the diameter of the slider, not the
length. We offer them in 1-3/4 inch and 2 inch diameter sizes. Some riders like the look of the 1-3/4" size
rather than the 2" diameter sliders, and some visa-versa. The 2" sliders offer slightly better protection due
to the extra material on the slider; this helps if your bike is sliding on it's side over asphalt. In some cases,
the 1-3/4" sliders need to be used to prevent further modification to the bike. For example, lets say
someone bought a set of 1-3/4" brand X frame sliders previously for a Honda F4i. This bike requires
cutting of the fairings to install, so a hole slightly bigger than 1-3/4" may have been cut, but not big
enough to fit a 2" diameter slider. If the rider decides to switch to OES frame sliders, and doesn't want to
modify the fairings by increasing the hole size, the 1-3/4" size slider is available.
Do I have to cut my fairings to install?
|On some models, you will need to modify the fairings by cutting a hole for the frame slider to extend
through the fairings. Cutting your pristine fairing is hard to commit to, but the pros far outweigh the cons.
Each product in our store will clearly be marked as either requiring or not requiring modification. Each
product that requires fairing modification(cutting) has available a special tool that greatly assists this
procedure and is well worth the extra fee. The special tool is not a hole cutter, but an alignment tool to get
the hole cut in the exact spot. We've all seen them- frame slider holes that are off-center or oblong due to
grinding them out to make the slider fit properly. All of this is caused by guessing where the hole should
be cut, but our special tool eliminates the guesswork.
What is Delrin?
Delrin is the trade name for a high impact plastic called acetal. Delrin is wear resistant,
dimensionally stable, and has a high impact strength.