Some pics of what the NEW V3 skid plate looks like now with the added vents underneath:
As mentioned above we put them there just so some air can be drawn up from underneath in very slow technical riding. They are in a spot that is well supported by the mounting inserts. We wanted to add them without compromising the strength underneath.
from the outside up close:
from the inside up close:
notice our skid plates are welded inside and out
and the up close shot of our CNC machined mounting inserts:
There are a few reasons we use them because they are far more $$ than the alternatives.
1. They fully support the material around them making that area stronger than just having a hole cut through it.
2. They also make the entire unit stronger as it's fully supported all 'round.
3. We can run a longer weld, strengthening the attachment points.
4. The depth is accurate so we can have our skid plate have the most ground clearance possible, still completely protect the hardware and have a smooth sliding surface to get over something if need be.
Next up will be some details and pics of the new CNC machined front bracket...
Thanks for checking it out!