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Old 02-21-2013, 12:39 PM   #1
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KTM 990 Adventure skid plate question

I'm new to Dual Sport riding and would like to run a question by seasoned riders. I will be using my new 2011 990 Adventure for gravel roads and forestry roads at least to start. The idea of running an expensive skid plate for my intended use seem overkill yet some additional insurance would be nice. Has anyone tryed reinforcing the factory aluminium/plastic plate with fiberglass, PC.7 or J-B Weld ?
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:07 PM   #2
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I'm new to Dual Sport riding and would like to run a question by seasoned riders. I will be using my new 2011 990 Adventure for gravel roads and forestry roads at least to start. The idea of running an expensive skid plate for my intended use seem overkill yet some additional insurance would be nice. Has anyone tryed reinforcing the factory aluminium/plastic plate with fiberglass, PC.7 or J-B Weld ?
With care, you should be fine with the stock skid plate. At the minimum, get the sidestand relocation kit. One big hit on the side stand bracket at the wrong spot can ruin your center cases.

If you are going to reinforce, I would suggest a simple 1/8" aluminum plate bolted over the bottom of the stock plate. The die cast material won't take much of an impact. Fiberglass would be my second choice. Any non-reinforced plastic isn't going to do much for you.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:19 AM   #3
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With care, you should be fine with the stock skid plate. At the minimum, get the sidestand relocation kit. One big hit on the side stand bracket at the wrong spot can ruin your center cases.

If you are going to reinforce, I would suggest a simple 1/8" aluminum plate bolted over the bottom of the stock plate. The die cast material won't take much of an impact. Fiberglass would be my second choice. Any non-reinforced plastic isn't going to do much for you.
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I'm not seasoned on the adventure yet and in the same boat as you trying to get the bike ready .

I will say with my KLR the FIRST TIME I got up north and off the forest road I was very happy that I put on the skid plate!!!!!!!
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:48 AM   #4
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I'm not seasoned on the adventure yet and in the same boat as you trying to get the bike ready .

I will say with my KLR the FIRST TIME I got up north and off the forest road I was very happy that I put on the skid plate!!!!!!!
+1. I also switched from a KLR.

Something about the disposability of a KLR begs for abuse. I don't see myself doing the same things on the 990. Still, I put on a BDCW skid plate just because I'm AHR.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:21 AM   #5
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990 Skid Plate

Slavens Racing has 990 skid plates for $179.00 the UPS ferry is bringing mine today.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:06 PM   #6
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Slavens Racing has 990 skid plates for $179.00 the UPS ferry is bringing mine today.
Glad you got one. I think it's the best value out there.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:38 PM   #7
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Just installed it! Thanks for the tip Jeff.


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Old 02-22-2013, 07:47 PM   #8
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That would be this one, I'll get one on order! Thanks!
http://www.slavensracing.com/shop/sk...0990-adventure
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That would be this one, I'll get one on order! Thanks!
http://www.slavensracing.com/shop/sk...0990-adventure
Will that skidplate work with the Black Dog sidestand relocator?
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Will that skidplate work with the Black Dog sidestand relocator?
I would like to know this as well, they are both 5mm thick aluminum, anyone have a solid comparison on them?
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Slavens 990 Adventure

I am waiting for a response from Slavens re: the a/n questions. At this point the way to go seems to be the Slavens plate, a can of Tremclad simulated Black Dog finish in a can to help slide over stuff. I will update when Slavens responds.
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:22 PM   #12
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Will that skidplate work with the Black Dog sidestand relocator?
Yes it will. I just installed the BDCW relocator and have the Slavens/Flat Land Skidplate.
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:25 AM   #13
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Yes it will. I just installed the BDCW relocator and have the Slavens/Flat Land Skidplate.
You DEFINITELY want the sidestand relocator, no matter what.
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:41 AM   #14
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I'm new to Dual Sport riding and would like to run a question by seasoned riders. I will be using my new 2011 990 Adventure for gravel roads and forestry roads at least to start. The idea of running an expensive skid plate for my intended use seem overkill yet some additional insurance would be nice. Has anyone tryed reinforcing the factory aluminium/plastic plate with fiberglass, PC.7 or J-B Weld ?
You could glue (with the suitable raisin) a couple of Kevlar and CF sheets and that would be a light and durable solution, just make sure you leave the ventilation ports open for VR...alternatively you can use the oem bash plate for mold and make a new one, you'd be looking at around 250$ in parts....
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Old 12-18-2013, 02:57 PM   #15
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As well, Charlie from Weld86 confirmed that the side stand brace they sell is compatible with the Slavens skid plate.

(For those who prefer that one over the BDCW side stand relocation kit.)
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