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post #11 of 21 Old 09-10-2019, 09:23 AM
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Th Givi guard is not for trail riding, it is a cost effective solution for the other 90% of strom owners who stay on roads (paved, and unpaved).

There is a thread around here about a skid pan that catches on the front fender at full compression of the forks. It might be the one linked above.

I f I were renting out my strom I would have a "paved roads only" clause in the contract. But, that is just me. I remember something similar with private aircraft rentals. No soft filed operation allowed unless you bring your own insurance.
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I like my Hyde racing plastic skid plate. Plastic worked well on my YZ 250X woods bike. Hugs the engine cases, lightest plate you can buy, comes with lousy hardware though.
my Kymco UXV450i (UTV) has plastic skid plates, I'm on my second set, and just peeled the center plate of last weekend.

looking for something more durable, the advantage of plastic, is it slides over contact objects better than metal, and pretty much returns to shape, metal plates are more subject to tearing and denting, but don't peel off as easy

one company makes laminate plastic/aluminum plates, but not for my model, I'm thinking of making my own, uncurling the plate I just peeled off, using it as a template, then gorilla gluing it to the metal plate I cut.

I have the stock plastic belly pan on my Vee, I don't really have a need for anything better, it'll deflect any stone I will see on gravel roads, no plans taking the heavy pig off road where I might bounce it off rocks & stumps

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Here is an update from my previous here posted on the DL1000/650 facebook group as of 9/9/19......AMAZING customer support, please give Charlie some business!!!

Ok update......talked to/called the owner Charlie Inman of Weld86 last Friday, apparently my email went to his spam folder. Told him the situation and what happened, and he said heíll gladly take care of it no charge. He doesnít get too many which break at that mount, but apparently all are the second generation 12-16 which break, has yet to have a first gen plate fail. He explained that in order to make the plate mount like the first gen, he had to make the through engine case mounting point a bit thinner and tapered down unlike the first gen engine. Regardless.......thatís customer service and standing by your product, new plate arrived today by second day shipping!!! Wow Iím floored by that, I never expected him to go above and beyond like this. Stand up owner and business I tell ya, canít recommend him enough.
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A Weld86 skid plate can be installed with a 3/4 Two-Brothers exhaust (or any other I suppose). I don't know if it's a question for anyone else, but it was for me! When installing I had to shim the right aft support quite a bit to get clearance between it and the exhaust. Also, the right forward mount has minimal clearance between it and the exhaust. I hope my tweaking doesn't cause any cracks from undue stress or vibes.
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Iíve had the Hyde racing skid plate as a rock and stick guard for 3 years / 40,000 miles. Light weight, quiet, durable, relatively inexpensive. Doesnít crack or corrode. I have no illusions of serious off-reading on my Strom. I just want something to protect the oil filter, and catalytic converter from damage on logging / fire roads.

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The Ravetech plate looks like a good bang for the buck with universal fitment to many crash bar brands.
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I may be the only one that has this opinion but the front connecting pipes on crash bars are a weak and flexible point. I have had an OEM set shear the bolt off one side of the connector and that showed how fragile the span is. I can't see that point on the assembly as a great place to anchor a skid plate. Most all plates attach there so I went with the Weld 86 simply because it does not.
I sprayed the inside of the Weld with undercoat to cut down the reflected engine noise and am very happy with it.
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post #19 of 21 Old 09-22-2019, 01:58 PM
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Got the Weld 86 also and am happy with it, think it will do its job, protect oil filter and exhaust, not sure how hard of a hit it would take, not to concerned with that because when I'm riding the wee in rough stuff I take it easy. Had to modify my plastic lower cover, could have removed it but like the looks of it so I cut some of the plastic away so the skid plate could fit,
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I plan on rounding those plastic corners down as well, just haven't done it yet
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