Us: FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
Guardian Locking Oil Caps
Precision Machined Locking Oil Caps for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles -
PATENTED, U.S. Patent Office - Aircraft quality aluminum,
available in chrome, black anodized, aluminum, depending upon model.
?: Who actually makes the GUARDIAN oil caps?
A. We at K & B solely produce the GUARDIAN Oil Protectors
that are U.S. manufactured to
exacting specifications. These are solely and skillfully manufactured
right here in Lake County, Ohio, in the U.S., and protected by a U.S.
(from Germany) Why is it taking so long for my oil cap to get here?
A. It's not; we tracked it. It's
there sitting in CUSTOMS. This sometimes happens with INTERNATIONAL
SHIPMENTS and some
customers outside the U.S. They have reported that caps shipped to them have
been very late in arriving, and that the holdup most often has been
CUSTOMS in those countries (even Canada), as apparently some country's
processing has been behind or slow at times. It is inconsistent, as
sometimes shipments to that same country are relatively fast, normal.
Late arrival? Check CUSTOMS first. But always feel free to contact us
about when we shipped the order, order tracking, whatever, etc.
you affiliated with the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle company?
A. No. Only as customers and
Harley-Davidson enthusiasts and life-long riders. No, we are not
affiliated with them - we just love their bikes.
How did you come up with
this idea of a locking oil cap?
A good while
ago now, my wife and I took off on a road trip, riding hundreds of
miles. We stopped in a small town and pulled up to a restaurant to get a
bite to eat. In front a number of Harley's were parked and, always
friendly, we stopped and talked a bit with several of the other bikers
before going inside. I'm sure it was obvious that we weren't from around
these parts, and I probably said we were from Cleveland. I don't really
remember what was said - just small talk, and friendly, though.
Regardless, I locked up my bike as I always do, a Harley 2003 FL Electra
Glide Centennial Edition that I've put a lot into, and we went inside to
Leaving the restaurant I nodded to those I'd talked with, and we headed
off down the road. After riding a short while I felt that something
wasn't quite right with the engine. It was acting funny, starting to
sound funny, and it felt like it was heating up, running hot. I started
to pull over to check it, and just then it made a lot of noise and
completely froze up. It was dead.
later, back in Cleveland and getting the engine torn down, what was
found was a filtered cigarette butt in the engine. The oil pump was
fouled and ruined, starving my engine for oil, the reason the engine
locked up. That was the cause and I didn't know it until tear down. The
only time this could have happened was when we were in the restaurant -
someone maliciously put a cigarette butt in my oil. They simply popped
the cap and dropped it in. One butt - that's all it took.
There was a lot of damage. I
was heart broken, and then I was angry. It cost me a lot, but aside from
the money it cost me prime riding time, as well - it took a over a month to fix
the engine and more to replace some special aftermarket engine parts I'd
put on, as it is far from a stock engine.
I searched high and low for a locking oil cap, and none existed
anywhere. I swore I'd not leave my bike and oil cap unprotected again. I
couldn't find anything. As I searched I talked to a lot of people; other
riders, Harley dealers, and others. I found I wasn't alone in having
garbage put into the oil - cigarette butts, screws, dirt, gravel, etc.
If I couldn't buy a locking oil cap, I decided I'd make one - and also
make quality locking caps available to fellow riders. The only parts
that go on my bike have to be very high quality. That was the original
idea, and K&B Enterprizes, LLC, was formed. Now all of our efforts are
focused on keeping up with demand for the
GUARDIAN Oil Protector™.
Anyway, that's the story. (Video right below)
- - Kurt Fogle,
President, K&B Enterprizes, LLC
Do you sell through
distributors? How do you become a distributor?
Yes, we do, and have begun sales through
several distributors. See the Distributor page.
?: Do you
have a flyer I could print out or to show or email to someone?
I'd like to download your flyer
but the flyer won't open. How do I get it?
Flyer: Flyer to describe the caps, security,
oil flow. Click icon:
PDF file should download or open in a
new browser window.
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