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post #1 of 23 Old 09-18-2013, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Engine Noise and Skid Plates

When I installed my Enduros Guardian skid plate a few weeks back, I expected to get more noise from the engine bad than I did without it. It didn't really bother me at first, but it seems to me it may be getting louder, all that clattering and clanking and carrying on down there. I checked the oil level, and it is good. I don't think anything about the bike has changed. It is running strong. I may take the skid plate off though, just to see if I can still hear all that noise without it.

Has anyone else noticed more mechanical noise with a skid plate on it? I am beginning to wish I had just installed the Suzuki piece.

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You really hear the engine noise? Strap a Ural side car to the bike. Talk about a sounding board!
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post #3 of 23 Old 09-18-2013, 05:41 PM
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Yes I hear more noise being deflected by my Enduro Guardian plate, but not a lot of noise, just a different sound. These bikes seem to make a bit mechanical noise and now some of it is being redirected back up at you.

Get some ear plugs and you'll say "what noise?".

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I had the large Altrider version plate installed and it reflected sound back which I didn't care for. I currently have a Touratech plate. The compact size and fit of the Touratech plate does not act as a sound reflector.

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The plate on my DR will have you thinking the crank is about to come up through the seat!
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If the added noise is too annoying to be able to adjust to, you might try gluing neoprene panels to the inside of the skid plate to absorb some of the noise.

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The only extra noise I hear from my Givi plate is the rocks and sticks bouncing off it when I'm hitting the trails in the bush.

Love that noise, means its working as intended! :mrgreen:
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I had the large Altrider version plate installed and it reflected sound back which I didn't care for. I currently have a Touratech plate. The compact size and fit of the Touratech plate does not act as a sound reflector.
I have this as well and it does not add much in the way of noise.

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I second the ear plug motion.
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The only extra noise I hear from my Givi plate is the rocks and sticks bouncing off it when I'm hitting the trails in the bush.

Love that noise, means its working as intended! :mrgreen:
Good to know! I just ordered the Givi since it seems to be the ONLY skid plate that will fit with the Yoshimura R77 exhaust.

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