Protecting your motorcycle engine is crucial, especially if you're an adventure rider who loves to take on challenging terrains. A damaged engine can quickly put an end to your trip, which is why investing in high-quality protection is essential. While there are several options available, carbon fiber and aluminum are the most popular choices.
When I recently purchased a slightly used 2014 KTM 690 Enduro R, I noticed that the previous owner had used liquid weld to fix a punctured clutch cover. Although it was holding up well, it was leaking slightly, and I decided to replace the cover. I wanted to ensure that the new cover was well-protected, so I started researching. While carbon fiber options were available, I found that they didn't offer the level of protection I needed.
After researching, I came across Trailjammer Designs, a California-based company that produces aluminum protection pieces for both the clutch and stator side of the engine. The design of their protection pieces mounts them to the engine using a high-temperature RTV gasket/sealer compound, which acts as a padding to disperse the energy from any impact. I used an entire 3oz tube of Permatex RTV when installing both the clutch and stator covers, and I could have used more for better protection.
The Trailjammer protection pieces are lightweight and made of durable aluminum. They have made a significant difference in protecting my engine case, and I'm confident that they'll continue to do so. Although I haven't tested them in a hard impact, I've seen some sample post-impact photos of their products, and they seem to be very durable.
If you're planning to replace the clutch cover on a 2014 KTM 690 Enduro R, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Don't try to get the rear brake lever unbolted; instead, remove the torx bolt that's holding on both the front and rear footpegs, and the entire brake lever itself.
- Use the two dowels on the left and right of the gasket surface to hang the new gasket and keep it in position while mounting the cover.
- If you're adding protection pieces by Trailjammer Designs, use 4-6 ounces of RTV for extra protection.
Overall, protecting your motorcycle engine is crucial, and investing in high-quality protection pieces is essential.