What some of you are not recognizing as you don't have one of the factory guards to look at is that the design of the factory guard is actually pretty good. The fins are oriented where they're slanted to provide maximum frontal coverage to guard against objects hitting it; as it's supposed to do. But the way the fins are canted still allows through normal airflow that a standard guard would provide. To fabricate one out of metal with this type of design would be prohibitively expensive. I think that's why the factory guards are plastic as it's easier to manufacture.Zx10 i totally agree . Stainless is good tough material for a radiator guard but its pointless if/when the zip ties break and the radiator guard is dangling in the wind when your on the highway out in the middle of nowhere 50 miles from civilization lol. IMO your correct go with the good mounts .
The other thing about the Alpha guard is that there is no buffer zone between the guard and the radiator. It's not the zip ties per say but installing the zip ties for the radiator guard would be a royal pain in the a$$ due to the clearance behind the radiator. All the other radiator guards are designed to have some gap between the radiator/oil cooler fins and the guard itself.