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post #1 of 8 Old 04-03-2007, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Home Made skid plate

I have been wanting to add a skid plate to my Wee but they are expensive and I am about broke from all the other stuff I just to have for my it. So I looked around the work shop to see what I could build out of shop stock for free.
This is what I came up with. It is no work of art but I think it will give me some protection from road debris. All it cost me was a Sunday afternoon.

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I think I can take off the oil filter with it on and I did cut a hole for the drain plug. However it can be removed by taking out 3 bolts . The main plate is 3/16 aluminum plate and the brackets are ¼” aluminum angle.
Bending that plate was a trip. Here is the rig I came up with to make it bend.
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I finished it late Sunday and took off for a 450 mile trip Monday morning. (Orlando to Ft. Walton Beach, FL) No problems so far. I hope there are none because I have to ride it home Friday, another 450 miles.
John

DL-650 K5, Givi crash bars, Givi windshield on Madstad mount, heated grips, hand guards, tall touring seat Givi racks, side cases, top box, and SW Motech center stand. Home made skid plate.
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-03-2007, 10:42 PM
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Nice work......you can have the satisfaction, of knowing "YOU" made it! Will you still save up for a new skidplate, or keep yours on?

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-03-2007, 10:54 PM
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I love it
Looks like something I'd come up with-Rube Goldberg is my specialty.

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I like it!

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Thumbs up one-of-a-kind-skidplate

Dang! That's beautiful! Did you growup in a junkyard? Love the break. Looks like it is subtantial enough to withstand a good whack.

Thank you for the inspiration.

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post #6 of 8 Old 04-04-2007, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Guys!
Big B, I may just keep this one. Even though the factory ones look much betted, I kind of like the DIY "custom" look.:rolleyes:
John

DL-650 K5, Givi crash bars, Givi windshield on Madstad mount, heated grips, hand guards, tall touring seat Givi racks, side cases, top box, and SW Motech center stand. Home made skid plate.
Some previous bikes:
84 Honda CB-700SC (restored)
97 Suzuki DR350 (still have)
78 Yamaha DT175 (restored)
82 Yamaha SX400
70-73 (Race years) YZ250, YZ125, MX360, YZ360...
69 Yamaha DT-175
68 Yamaha DT-360
70 Suzuki TS 250
70 Kawasaki Mach 3 -500
64 Honda 250 Scrambler CL-72
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Love the design but I would be a little concerned about what effect it would have on cooling air getting to the front of the engine. Did you see any difference in the temp gauge?
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-04-2007, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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I didn't see any difference. 3 bars as always. I was running 75 to 80 true (GPS) coming up here and it was warm toward the end of the ride so I think it is OK.
However I do plan to open up the holes for more flow when I get back, I just ran out of time Sunday.
John

DL-650 K5, Givi crash bars, Givi windshield on Madstad mount, heated grips, hand guards, tall touring seat Givi racks, side cases, top box, and SW Motech center stand. Home made skid plate.
Some previous bikes:
84 Honda CB-700SC (restored)
97 Suzuki DR350 (still have)
78 Yamaha DT175 (restored)
82 Yamaha SX400
70-73 (Race years) YZ250, YZ125, MX360, YZ360...
69 Yamaha DT-175
68 Yamaha DT-360
70 Suzuki TS 250
70 Kawasaki Mach 3 -500
64 Honda 250 Scrambler CL-72
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