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post #1 of 10 Old 07-08-2018, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
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EnduroGuardian Skid Plate

I just installed an EnduroGuardian skid plate on my 2014 V2 and here's my take on it:

Positives:
1) Installation was pretty easy The the most difficult thing was taking the old Givi soda can off.
2) Construction is pretty beefy. I got the 3mm (1/8") steel version. Definitely strong enough to rock the bike on.
3) Black finish looks great.

Negatives:
1) Every time I kick up the kick stand it makes a a loud metallic "clang!"
2) The U bolts for connecting it to the crash bars are too narrow for most bars. I have the SW bars and had to bend the bolts outwards about 6mm (1/4"). I know I could have paid an extra 15$ for the "Upgrade" bolts, but I'm cheap.

Overall, it looks great and is way better that the Givi product. And perhaps it will prevent the center bolts on my SW bars from breaking.

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-10-2018, 07:25 AM
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Hello BorisB, could you attach a pic or two? I too have a V2 with SW bars, and have been eying the EG skid plate. I've looked at all pics online I could find of the setup from different angles, but I too am cheap, and I want to be sure that when I pull the trigger to buy that it's what I want. I want to be 100% certain the form follows function, and I keep bouncing back & forth between this and the Touratech. I want something stout, but also don't want too much bulk.
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-12-2018, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
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Here you go:
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File Type: jpg EG_Left.jpg (401.9 KB, 10 views)
File Type: jpg EG_Right.jpg (419.3 KB, 9 views)
File Type: jpg EG_Front_Left.jpg (414.6 KB, 7 views)
File Type: jpg EG_Rear_Right.jpg (369.3 KB, 7 views)
File Type: jpg EG_Rear_Left.jpg (348.7 KB, 8 views)
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And to compare what it looked like with the Givi part and the EnduroGuardian part. You can see that I left the Give mounts in place. They didn't get in the way of the EnduroGuardian and weren't hurting anything and would be a pain to remove.

Also, you can see how the front of the EG with the U bolts braces the joint between the two sides of the SW bars.

One note: When changing the oil both the Givi and the EnduroGuardian need to be removed. It's six bolts for the Givi and six for the EG (if you count both ends of the U bolts). However, for the Givi, you have to have to use a 10mm wrench on the inside to keep the nut from turning.

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Very Nice! I'm liking the EG, and price-wise, it's very good too.
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-12-2018, 10:43 AM
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I have the Enduro Guardian skid plate on my 650 and do not remove it to change the oil. I release the u bolts and loosen the two back bolts and it rotates down. Change the oil and install the u bolts, tighten the back ones and done. (Wipe any oil out of the skid plate that may have dripped.)

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this one works great too with my swm bars and has taken punishment and held up well
https://ravetechmotorcycles.com/stor...-dl650-v-strom

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I have the Enduro Guardian skid plate on my 650 and do not remove it to change the oil. I release the u bolts and loosen the two back bolts and it rotates down. Change the oil and install the u bolts, tighten the back ones and done. (Wipe any oil out of the skid plate that may have dripped.)
You don't need to wipe the oil from the skid plate if you use an aluminum foil between the oil plug and the skid plate. just fold or mold the alum foil anyway you want and channel the oil through the alum foils.
Works all the time!
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As I understand it, Enduro Guardian is retiring. If you want a plate, I think he only has one left.

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post #10 of 10 Old 07-24-2018, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Yep, it looks like Enduro Guardian is no more. They posted a few weeks ago that they were closing down and had limited stock left and when I just checked today the site had been taken down. I am really glad I got mine last month!

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