I am one of the first to receive this very well designed skid plate and mounting bracket, and would like to give my thoughts to help others with the install. The following are just some of my opinions and some pics to guide you through. I purchased the skid plate and bracket from this thread here:
First, you will need to remove 3 bolts. The two that hold the side stand on from the rear (up under the bike 17MM) and the exhaust bolt, top and centered, (12MM) that is also pictured. If you hold the bracket up there, you will see how it fits.
Here is how the bracket fits up there.
Those two side stand bolts are very tight and heavily loc-tited in place. I was not able to remove them with my 1/2" drive air powered impact wrench and a swivel extention, even though I could get the socket on both of them square. This is how I got them loose. BE CAREFUL not to pull the bike forward and off the centerstand if this is how you are holding the bike up. I pushed on the foot peg and pulled on the wrench so as not to pull the bike off the stand. Take the front one completely out first, it will make it easier to get to the rear one.
The exhaust bolt was easy to remove. Once I had all the bolts out, it was time for a trip to the local Fastenal Store. They helped me find suitable replacements for the stock bolts. I don't think there are enough threads to re-use the stock bolts. The 1/4" longer side stand bolts will likely have to be special ordered, and may not be available in the correct length. I got lucky, they had some that I could cut down. These are M12-1.25 thread pitch. They are fine thread. Stock length was 1 1/8" (not including the head).
The exhaust bolt was easy to come by on the shelf, it is an M8-1.25 course thread. Stock length was 1 3/4" (not including the head) and I bought a 2" long one. The original bolts have loc-tite all over them.
I also bought some U-bolts in 1/4"X 1-1/8"X2-1/4". These were not ideal, and will be replaced later. But they were only $3 and the closest thing the local Lowes had when I was there. I will fix this post when I find the correct size, but the 1-1/8" width fits the Givi crash bars pretty well. I would like to have 5/16" U-bolts in stainless with the correct length, which I will calculate later.
I bought a couple of nuts to go with the longer side stand bolts to help hold them in the vise, and to straighten out the threads after cutting. I used a 5" angle grinder and a 1/16" cut off wheel to cut them to the correct length (1 3/8").
After cleaning the ends with the grinder and tapering them slightly to make staring them easier, I backed the nuts off and made sure they started easily by hand. Now I had new bolts, these are grade 8.8 BTW.
Next I cut a couple of pieces of an old inner tube to be used as padding, and to hold the U-bolts in place for me. I poked some holes in them with an awl, these will not be visible after the install, so I don't care what they look like.
Next, I attempted to install the skid plate, and realized that the rear lip on the plate interfered with my Hepko Becker center stand. I marked the skid plate and removed it for demo. If you have this center stand, you will need to cut a notch in the exact center of the rear most part of the plate. It needs to be about 3/8" wide and about 7/8" deep. Here is the notch I cut.
A motorcycle jack makes this installation easy, now I can jack up the entire bike with this jack easily.
Here is a view of how the SP interferes with the HB centerstand, notice the overlap now that I have notched the SP.
And one more view of the notch from underneath. My notch ended up dead center, YMMV.
Next, I tightened down the U-bolts and the two Stainless Steel bolts that came with the bracket (it also has nyloc nuts welded to the top of it). I found that these two SS bolts are too short, and will need to be replaced with 1/4" longer ones so that they will contact the nylon material in the nuts.
All done, mostly! The U-bolt NEED TO BE CUT DOWN! I have heard of the rear edge of the front fender getting caught on these, so I cut them off right away. I did it with my grinder while everything was on the bike, but you may wish to remove the U-bolts first. :mrgreen:
There, all done. For now.