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post #1 of 6 Old 08-06-2012, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Skidplate Material?

I'm trying to decide on a skidplate/bellypan for my new Glee.

The vendor I'm leaning towards offer them in my choice of "steel," "aluminum" or "stainless.". All three choices are powdercoated in black.

Anyone know pros or cons of each? Aluminum & Stainless have about a 30% upcharge. Just trying to make an informed decision.

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Aluminium

I will always go for aluminium just for weight.

Just an advice, some skidplates don't get along with centerstands. Just have that in mind is you already have one or you are thinking of getting one.

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I could care less about weight for a skidplate. I went for the steel as it was the strongest and also the cheapest. I know its NOT a true "skidplate" in the sense that you can use it to slide over rocks and logs and whatnot, but if something happens and i end up running over something like that, i want the skidplate that will give me the best chance of protecting the engine. It's not always small rocks that get kicked up, and steel would keep front denting and will simply work for heavier hits. JUST IN CASE.

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I could care less about weight for a skidplate. I went for the steel as it was the strongest and also the cheapest. I know its NOT a true "skidplate" in the sense that you can use it to slide over rocks and logs and whatnot, but if something happens and i end up running over something like that, i want the skidplate that will give me the best chance of protecting the engine.
My aluminum skid plate on my small dual sport protects just fine, and it has taken some heavy hits... Granted, it rides right next to the bike's steel frame, and that supports it when I go sliding over rocks and logs, as opposed to the open expanse that these pans cover on our bikes...

If you are running on the street or dirt roads, or rock covered forest roads, just get aluminum, especially for the weight savings. Whatever road debris gets knocked up towards the belly of your beast, it will more than adequately protect your scooter's delicate bits.

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I have steel skid plate from Yann. The only advantage I could see with aluminum or stainless is that it doesn't rust. I've taken Yann's plate down quiet a few gravel roads and so far the powder coating has held up no scratches that need to be touched up yet.
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I had a steel plate in the past........never mounted it........weighed 13 lbs.
That's nothing to sneeze about......quite a bit of weight.

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