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post #11 of 19 Old 12-11-2012, 10:46 AM
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Same here. No noticable different between skid plate and no skid plate. 3 bars spring, summer, and fall. Winter and below 30 F it does bounce between 2 and 3 bars sometimes.

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Keep in mind the first gen SV650 had no oil cooler at all, and had no overheating problems. Even during 6 hour endurance races in 106 heat.

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The Pat Walsh Designs skid plate uses a steel mesh screen, above the actual skid plate, so there is no blockage of airflow. It's a clever system - burly aluminum skid plate below, and screen above, where the screen is sufficient to ward off the debris that would likely damage the oil filter.

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Be concerned about rock flow
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Its a fact that these engines' oil cooler works too well. Youll be fine.

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I have/had the Motech skid plate on a DL1000. The Motech has large holes to let air to the oil cooler but the blockage must be >50% vs the OEM plastic guard which has no block in front of the oil cooler. I found the bike ran one bar hotter with it installed (3vs2). And in traffic it would go up to 4 bars (normally 3)/ I also found my right ankle being cooked especially on hot days probably because of the air flow changes caused by the plate around engine exhaust is changed. Further, the color of the oil as seen in the oil level window changed from a clear honey to a darker brown after a few weeks of riding. I replaced the Motech with the stock shield and none of the problems noted above returned. Even the oil color at the next change was still a honey clear color.
Not to say a skid plate is not a good idea to protect the exposed radiator and oil filter but one should be designed to allow the same air flow as mfr designed. I might cut more area out in front of the oil cooler and try it again.

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Holy thread resurrection, Batman! :O

Personally, I always wondered if I threw a nice pork roast inside the skidplate, how many miles it would take to cook a tasty dinner?

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Personally, I always wondered if I threw a nice pork roast inside the skidplate, how many miles it would take to cook a tasty dinner?
good question. i once threw a chicken on my ford explorer engine and had a nice roadside feast 5 hours later
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Personally, I always wondered if I threw a nice pork roast inside the skidplate, how many miles it would take to cook a tasty dinner?
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