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post #1 of 21 Old 08-06-2019, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Skid plate options?

I am looking for a best bang for the buck skid plate. Ideally it is a true skid plate integrated with crash bars, but I donít have the bars yet either, so I would consider guards that arenít necessarily a proper skid plate structurally.

I primarily rent out my bike so looking for something functional and affordable most of all.


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post #2 of 21 Old 08-07-2019, 02:43 AM
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I'm a big fan of my Weld86 skid plate, it's very well made and has taken some good hits. But, it's a stand alone skid plate, which doesn't fit what you're after...

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Ditto for the Weld86. It wasn't terribly expensive either.
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post #4 of 21 Old 08-07-2019, 11:12 AM
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I just ordered this
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Steel-SkidP....c100009.m1982

$160 delivered. Appears to be on amazon too for $250. It hasnít been delivered and takes a few weeks from Europe so I canít comment but it looks to be fairly stout and attaches to most crash bars. Hoping itís decent, I donít plan to ride motocross with my strom but would like some protection for the oil filter etc.
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I have a Weld86 plate too. I wanted the piece of mind that rocks or dirt aren't getting thrown onto the oil filter. I don't ride on any serious off-road terrain. Plenty of folk comment that bolting to the engine case is just asking for trouble, but as others have noted, the Weld86 offers good protection for the money.
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I have a Weld86 plate too. I wanted the piece of mind that rocks or dirt aren't getting thrown onto the oil filter. I don't ride on any serious off-road terrain. Plenty of folk comment that bolting to the engine case is just asking for trouble, but as others have noted, the Weld86 offers good protection for the money.
If I hit something hard enough that it damages a Weld86 skid plate and then busts or cracks the engine case, there's a high probability that whatever I did did a lot more damage to the bike than just that. At that point, it's time to upgrade the whole bike!
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post #7 of 21 Old 08-08-2019, 11:59 PM
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If you are getting crash bars too, make sure the skid plate will mate with them. Some are designed for and come with hardware for several different brands of crash bars.
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Been having an annoying buzz/vibration occurring at most all RPM's, this was so not like my bike and knew that something wasn't right. So.....changed my oil today and guess what I found to be the culprit, it was the main mount broken on my WELD86 skidplate. Skidplate was still decent secured but most certainly causing the harmonic buzz I have been feeling as of late. I know that a few other than mine have broken in this exact way, so I will be reaching out to the fabricator tomorrow to see what my options are. This was not caused by a hard hit on the plate, this was just a metal fatigue failure from what I can tell. WOW my bike is so smooth now, has all new sprockets and chain, fresh oil in the crankcase, and no skidplate buzzing around. LOL
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post #9 of 21 Old 09-03-2019, 10:33 PM
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Went with Racetech as at the time it was the best looking skid plate option. Doesnt bolt to engine, follows close to the exhaust header and is quite sturdy.
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post #10 of 21 Old 09-10-2019, 05:53 AM
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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.
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