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post #1 of 3 Old 09-01-2005, 04:20 PM
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Skid Plate Info ... Attempting to make a custom one

So I have a metal fabrication guru friend. Can build just about anything I dream up and I have several projects in the works. I ride my Strom hard and really need to get a hardy skid plate fitted up before I trash something. The SW Motech Plate "looks" up to the task but I think I would not take any serious threashing.

Does anyone have any good pictures ... or would be willing to take some pictures of there SW Motech skid plate NOT on the bike?

Im looking for the internal (behind the plate) construction and mounting points. Any dimensions on the seperations on length / width / heights of the mounting points ... and bolt size would be great.

Im looking for a starting point basically. I dream it up out of poster board and give it to him. He builds is.

I am very partial to the Hepco crash bars ... I have considered making a New cross member for those bars to get it farther forward for this project specifically.

Anyway - if you have an pictures or info to help - Thanks

And yes - If I do come up with something that works after I beat on it a bit - Ill post info and pics for sure.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-08-2005, 10:11 AM
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Hi SaPPeR. I think the only way to build a super-strength bash plate for the Strom is to actually build a bolt-on twin-cradle sub frame section that a simple skid plate would attach to.
I really don't think any current design out there without a frame backing it up will withstand the kind of abuse you're talking about. Most all of the skid plates now attach to crash bars which in reality create a pivot point that allows the skid plate to push in towards the engine when it receives a hard-enough blow. A tube steel sub-frame that runs under the engine with cross supports would do a much better job for heavy duty protection. I'm actually planning on constructing one just to see if it would work as I believe. Just something you might consider. I build and sell a light-to-moderate duty skid plate for the Strom already and I've had a few inquiries regarding a super heavy duty unit, so I know there are a few others out there that are thinking along the lines that you have mentioned. Anyway, good luck with your project.

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