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post #1 of 20 Old 08-27-2013, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Sending my PWD skid plate and crash bars into retirement

Last year the skid plate had taken a few large hits and got to be in bad shape. However, with a little heat, a hammer and paint I resuscitated it and slapped it back on the bike.

The last few rides I've done, the skid plate saved my keester, yet again. So I pulled the plate last night to inspect and hopefully hook up the defibrillator once again. But sadly, I think it is beyond repair. I'm not confident the material can hold up to my poor selection of line choice any more.

So the time has come. My Pat Walsh Design skid plate and crash bars need to be put to sleep. =( I'm sad as it was a great system that protected my under bits well and allowed me to get home after some fantastic days of off pavement riding. Since PWD is no longer making replacement parts, I'm laying it to rest and ordering a replacement skid plate and crash bars.



The paint has been burnt off due to being squished against the exhaust and you can see where the other areas the paint has been melted.


The underside... its rough. Hard to see in the picture but I can actually see daylight through the weld on the top of the image. It looks like I broke the weld and took off a chunk (I remember when that happened - DOH!).


Better view of how the bottom has flattened out.







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post #2 of 20 Old 08-27-2013, 09:56 AM
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Looks like it did its job!
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By the looks of things, I'd say you got your money's worth and probably some great memories.

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Don't toss the foot pegs, someone might want them. I'd offer to buy them if I had some spare cash, but my son's college tuition ate that up.


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Sorry to hear it, I have the same system (except for the oil cooler screen mesh protector-dealy in front, which was an option I didnt spring for originally) and it's a good system. Mine certainly is not as beat up as yours!

So speaking of which....Did you toss that part yet?

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I do have all the parts. Gary actually emailed me and said he could possibly help in selling the parts if someone reaches out to him...

Is that customer service or what?!?!?!?

Seriously, who does that? Hats off to PWD!

That said, if you need crash bars or foot pegs I would sell those as I am confident in their ability to protect your bits and keep your feet/legs compheee. The skid plate however... if you want it, just pay for shipping and you can have it.

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Good luck

I am sorry for your loss. Good luck in finding some new ones that can give you same protection. I heard a similar story from my friend. He could find some new parts in euronetbike.net, that according to him are very good, but in your case, good luck in selling the old ones
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post #8 of 20 Old 08-28-2013, 04:25 PM
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I think you'll like a new setup better. I've seen the PWD system all but destroyed on the same trail rides that my Enduro Guardian survived quite well. Unfortunately there are a lot of flaws to the PWD setup for off-road use (as you've experienced).
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It definitely has its flaws, but it kept me from being stranded in the middle of BFE so I'd say it worked.

But like anything else, there are different levels of product quality/durability. This one was just not intended to be beat on the way I beat on it. Some of it is poor line choice other is choice of roads/trials that are friggen gnarly. Not that I'm doing anything unique but the majority of riders I run into on a ride cannot believe I am where I am on a wee.

That said, I'm dropping the loot for an Alt Rider system as it has similar specs to skid plates found on more aggressive dual sport bikes (XR/DR/GS etc).

I think it should do the trick and hopefully I will get better at riding and be able to avoid more hard impacts. I don't know if anyone saw my video I posted on Flatland Rd, but at the very end, I took a serious impact on a huge rock and it made me say bad words. I need to stop doing that.

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You'll like the AltRider setup much better. I have the EG skid plate with Givi crashbars and an independent radiator guard. I agree that most companies don't plan on the kind of abuse that some of us subject our V-Strom's to. Most people buy a skidplate for the "adventure" look and have no idea what its like to bottom out dozens of times in a day. I have managed to crack the EG skid plate after a bunch of hard hits but I'd be suprised if I hadn't. Once winter hits I'm going to pull the skid plate, have the crack fixed and have the bottom reinforced for the rocky terrain.
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