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post #1 of 16 Old 05-04-2014, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Functional skid plate recommendation?

I just picked up my new Wee yesterday and want some protection on it ASAP. I live on a gravel road, so light "sandblasting" and small rocks will be a daily issue. But for that type of riding any plate would do. My bigger concern is when I head into the National Forest and ride Forest Service roads. I don't intend to get in the really nasty stuff, but even our FS roads have plenty of big, loose rocks. I'm really concerned about them "kicking up" and slamming my oil filter/exhaust/cases. So, I'm actually looking for something fairly heavy duty, but still want it to look good...and be a reasonable cost. I'll also be adding engine guards (planning on Givis) about the same time.

I've been searching and reading the various threads on them, but many reviews seem to be mixed, and most are a little old. I'm wondering if there are any new products out or more experience with the existing ones.

I really like the looks of the Weld86 ones about the best of what I've seen. But $300+ is a bit more than I want to spend. Would really like to be <$200. I'm concerned the Givi one won't be tough enough. Any input is appreciated.
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Oops, I meant the Altrider plate was the one I liked at >$300. Is there any way to edit a post?

Also, does anyone have any experience with the Happy Trails one?
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Touratech

I have the Touratech and so far so good. Easy to install, very sturdy, tight tolerance, easy to remove for oil change, not too expensive (around $240).
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I have the Touratech and so far so good. Easy to install, very sturdy, tight tolerance, easy to remove for oil change, not too expensive (around $240).
Agree. The Touratech is a great product and will fit under the lower cowling.

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Weld 86

Bought this plate a few weeks ago, $139 plus $18 shipping, $157 total. Easy to install -- 15 minutes maybe -- just 2 bolts. Should provide adequate protection for the oil filter and header from small rocks, etc. Haven't detected any changes in performance or vibrations since the installation. There are no doubt plates offering more protection, but I thought the Weld 86 was a good price / protection compromise. Looks fine on the bike.

Although there's a hole through the plate for draining the oil, it would not be a problem to remove the plate for oil changes. When I need my next oil change, I'll see how it goes without removing the plate. The cleanup hassle will determine whether the plate would come off for future oil changes.
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I just picked up my new Wee yesterday and want some protection on it ASAP. I live on a gravel road, so light "sandblasting" and small rocks will be a daily issue. But for that type of riding any plate would do. My bigger concern is when I head into the National Forest and ride Forest Service roads. I don't intend to get in the really nasty stuff, but even our FS roads have plenty of big, loose rocks. I'm really concerned about them "kicking up" and slamming my oil filter/exhaust/cases. So, I'm actually looking for something fairly heavy duty, but still want it to look good...and be a reasonable cost. I'll also be adding engine guards (planning on Givis) about the same time.

I've been searching and reading the various threads on them, but many reviews seem to be mixed, and most are a little old. I'm wondering if there are any new products out or more experience with the existing ones.

I really like the looks of the Weld86 ones about the best of what I've seen. But $300+ is a bit more than I want to spend. Would really like to be <$200. I'm concerned the Givi one won't be tough enough. Any input is appreciated.
I have a Weld 86 plate packed and ready to ship if you're interested. $115 including shipping. Pics can be found in the for sale section.
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I have the Adventuremotostuff skid plate and it looks great and could withstand a small nuclear blast. This thing is solid!
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post #9 of 16 Old 05-04-2014, 07:40 PM
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Why Not Get The Givi?

If you're getting Givi Crash bars, why not get the Givi Plate? You could also get the Kappa bars there which are the same as the Givi for a little less and fit with the plate. There's a good write up on the plate here. I don't have either yet, but that's the plan for me.

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Thanks for all the input. I ended up going with the Enduro Guardian. There were a couple great threads about it over on ADV Rider. I like that it's long and wide enough to offer a lot of protection and looks good.

With regard to the Givi skid-I understand it's pretty thin material. In all honesty, it would probably be fine for me. I can just picture a plate-size rock kicking up and jamming into the front of it and crumpling it and everything behind it, not a risk I want to take.
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