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My intent was to build a Full Rockguard. As I got started I was not happy with a full bulky guard. So I decided to try and fit it under the present plastic guard as I do like the looks of the stock piece and though I am not looking for a Rock Bashing protection that a heavy duty skid provides. I just wanted better protection than simple plastic.

I used 16ga metal. Yes it will not allow me to bounce over rock ledges. That is not my riding style nor do I pick those type of trails. 16ga will bent yes and it will help absord some of the energy of the hit. This may be lacking protection for the side cases but most full plates are lacking there also.

Yes I know it is rough looking. If it works out I will refine it and improve upon it functionally and its looks.






 

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Looks like it will do the job OK, but I think you need more protection across the front for the oil cooler. Maybe some expanded metal or some heavy (not screen door) screen material wrapped across those front bars would do. I made this http://www.stromtrooper.com/v-strom-modifications-performance/49904-diy-no-weld-belly-pan.html up in about 2 hours with no welding and have been using it all year for exactly what you are designing yours for. I have heard some very nasty rock talk from under the bike while on some of the trails, but there is no damage. It also prevents any mud or wet loose gravel sand from pasting the engine or the oil cooler. I put expanded metal & heavy screen over the rad to ward off intrusions there. Both are zip tied on and come off quick for oil changes and maintenance. Both guards together, less than a $100. (and priceless :yesnod:)
 

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Quote by HonestBob "Looks like it will do the job OK, but I think you need more protection across the front for the oil cooler."

I like your Skid. Looks good and does give some protection to the bottom of the cases.

As far as protection, I just want to stop the bigger rocks and such from hitting the cooler. Since I am in the Arizona and the heat can be extreme I need to mantain airflow. Time will tell but I believe those bars will protect Ok. Although watch on my next outing I will run of trail and get into some brush and a branch will poke its way into my cooler:thumbdown:
 

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Yes, that would be Murphy's law:headbang: I can only imagine what the heat is like in Arizona, but testing I did here showed no change in engine temperatures at all. Tests were done before I drilled holes in the front of the guard too. Best of luck on your adventures in the desert.
 

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Tested the pan today. Just got back from a ride out Table Mesa rd( a jeep trail) that I thought was an easy dirt rd. Lots of rocks and several rocky wash dry stream crossings that one of which I got knocked of line and hit and landed hard onto a watermelon size rock. Bent the guard. Will pull it of tommarrow and post up some pics. This would of broke the engine case for sure if the guard wasn't there.
 

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Full wieght of the bike came down at this spot on the watermellon size rock.


I have seen Stroms missing this part of the engine case.

I didn't plan to go on such a rocky trail but I am glad I made this guard. :thumbup:
 
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