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I'd decided on this skid plate and went to order it, but changed my mind when I saw $33 shipping on an $90 part. I've ordered stuff from China and Thailand before and never paid that much. Is there another alternative that is similar? I want to keep the OEM plastic engine cover. Thanks
 

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This is how you and I get to pay for these tarrifs - Through the increased cost of shipping from foreign
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I went ahead and bit the bullet and paid the shipping. I think I'll like the Ravtech plate even though its not real heavy duty. At least if I don't like it, I haven't spent very much. I'm not going to do a lot of single track.
 

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It's international airmailed.... I seen shipping prices for airmail domestic that much for something that heavy, the only downfall is it still has to go through customs that's where it'll spend most it's time.
 

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If you don't like it, PM me and I'd be interested in taking it off your hands.
Hello, I bought the Ravetech mini for my 2018 DL650 BUT can't install it with the Delkecic exhaust I installed. The DElkevic headers hang a little lower than the OEM. So, I have a mini skid for sale! $156CDN($120USD) plus shipping from Montreal.Should be less than from Thailand, right?
 

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I shelled out darn near 200 CAD for the Ravetech for my 2004 Wee.....it arrived fairly quickly, and I was pretty happy with the quality. However, as is typical with farkles from almost any supplier, some McGyvering was required for proper fitting (GIVI crash bars, in this case)....I am used to this, so was not disappointed.
 
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Motohockey,

Can't you just add spacers (washers) and use longer bolts?
I was just going to suggest fabricating a bracket(s); 'Druther have low protection than no protection
 
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I wouldn't think that it would be difficult. Ho much more room could be needed? But never having seen one of these I could be dead wrong.

OK just looked at one online. If the sides of the plate do not interfere with the plastic cowl when lowered washers, or better yet strips of aluminum of the right thickness with corresponding holes should work.
 

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Not being a welder myself, I would take the skid plate and the bike to an experienced welder so that the welder can see what needs to be done.
There is also a thread dealing with rerouting the header for better ground clearance FWIW.
Front header rerouted to increase ground clearance. Part 1.
 

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Good point though, if anyone ever designs a skidpan, I guess it would be best to allow shimming down for variations in aftermarket pipes, while being as high as possible with the stock pipe for best ground clearance. Plan for compatibility.
 

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I'd decided on this skid plate and went to order it, but changed my mind when I saw $33 shipping on an $90 part. I've ordered stuff from China and Thailand before and never paid that much. Is there another alternative that is similar? I want to keep the OEM plastic engine cover. Thanks
Don't order this if you have a Delkevic exhaust, wont fit, let me know if you want more info
 
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