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Has anyone put F &S engine guard on an 04 1600 classic

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I bought one when I bought my bike, along with windshield and passenger backrest. I bought it from the deal and got the part# for my bike, when I got home I started installing and I'll all happy everything is bolting right up, no hassles, I'm glad I saved the guard for last because the lower bolts didn't fit through the holes in the guard, I was disappointed but not upset, took it back and brought the bolt with me to make sure it’ll go through the new one, nope exact same problem. They offered to drill out the hole and I told I could’ve done that at home and not drove 30 miles here, we checked another out of the box guard, and bolt still won’t fit. Service guy got involved and said he could drill it out with out messing up the chrome, I told him could do it but if he goofed it was their guard, success finally!!! I get home all happy and ready to go for a ride cause it wont take long to put it on, wouldn't you know the hole don't line up.... I can only get 3 lined up and the fourth is not even close. Now I was pissed and disgusted and haven't missed with it for 3 months now. Has anyone else had trouble like this? Someone told me it sounds like I got a guard for a 1500 classic but the part #’s are different.
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I ordered two different F&S back rest for my 1600 and had the same problem as vulcanrob. Sent both back and finally found a dealer with one in stock, but had to make a 140 mile run to get it. Before leaving I took it from the box and it had the same problem. Dealer tried to make it work, but finally got tired of fooling with it and threw to the ground. Fortunately they had one installed on a floor bike and since I had already paid and they didn't have another in stock, they gave me this one. Pretty obvious that F&S have issues and I know that Kawasaki knows about them. What I don't understand is why they allow it to continue.
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