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Old 03-06-2011, 07:43 PM   #76
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I've got one, and had the luck (?) to field test it first ride with it on and I can vouch it works (otherwise I'd be missing my right foot.).
I had to drill some holes in mine, my bike seems to run a bit hot and needs the air circulation around the cases off-road, but others have no such issue.
If your bike consistantly looses water through the overflow, I would be worried about the head bolts. Mine was blowing water out the overflow and I thought it was the head gasket up until I torqued the head back down after changing the gasket. 2 of the bolts pulled out before I got to the half way torque! A third was noticably on its way. The motor had more than 5000 and less than 10000 miles on it! Also, there had been no oil in the water and no water in the oil, but at idle with the radiator cap off, there were bubbles coming up through the radiator.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:13 AM   #77
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That Flatlands skid looks good. I have a CF one that i got on Ebay a few years ago, it has worked pretty well.
Mine has seen a lot more street than dirt, but this is changing now that I have the Superduke to ride on the street.
I've heard some rocks bounce off the CF plate pretty hard and they just leave a scratch.
Mine only came with a little plastic thing that covered the spin on filter, so any skid plate was a vast improvement.
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:29 PM   #78
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What trashes mine is slamming down on rock ledges and hitting big boulders on the trail. The KTM plastic skid plate did fine fending off thrown rocks. But some rock stairs, a hard endo and smacking down on a boulder on a steep hill climb trashed it in just one ride.

The plastic one would probably serve a woods rider that didn't have to deal with rocks just fine. The Flatlands part is pretty serious overkill if you aren't using the bike to break rocks. It isn't quite like a strapping a refrigerator to the bike. But it is close.

So I will probably keep the plastic POS and use it for coastal SC riding. But the Flatlands will be on anytime I go to the mountains here.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:18 AM   #79
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Moose skid plate



Anyone try one of these out? I picked one up,but can find very little info on it, must be one of the last ones out there... When it shows up I will drill it to use the stock block mounts rather than those clamps...
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:32 AM   #80
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There are plastics that are extremely strong and durable and I'd take a bash plate of such contruction rather than have the weight, permanent deformation and Frickin' noise of the alu ones. Why don't the suppliers, OEM or aftermarket get this? How many units would it take to get a manufacturer to commit to production?
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:35 PM   #81
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There are plastics that are extremely strong and durable and I'd take a bash plate of such contruction rather than have the weight, permanent deformation and Frickin' noise of the alu ones. Why don't the suppliers, OEM or aftermarket get this? How many units would it take to get a manufacturer to commit to production?
There was a KTM plastic one... pretty cheap as I recall, but probably plenty adequate for most of us.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:06 PM   #82
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Anyone try one of these out? I picked one up,but can find very little info on it, must be one of the last ones out there... When it shows up I will drill it to use the stock block mounts rather than those clamps...

Curious to see what you think of this skid plate...
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:27 PM   #83
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The LC4 plastic skid plate was too light........not good for rocky riding.

Gunner........that plate will be a pia if you leave those bloody mounts on that it comes with.......it should be easy enough to drill it and use the KTM mounts, so glad to see you are onto that already.

I like the Flatland plate.........or if you really want lots of protection, do what I did and installed a Rock Hard Rally Gear plate.......it even comes with two tool pouches.

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Old 03-20-2013, 02:52 PM   #84
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Run the plastic skid plates. They slide better, are lighter, won't bend up, and don't deflect as much noise back.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:38 PM   #85
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Won't get to trying it out for a couple of weeks, hopefully the fit is good..

I see daddybigdaddy has the same skid plate for sale, his has a screen over the filter cutout... I was thinking of adding a chunk of Aluminum on the outside over the same spot as in my minds eye I can see a stick going through there taking out the spin on...

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Old 03-20-2013, 06:40 PM   #86
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As I posted before, the KTM plastic skid plate is a useless waste of money for rocks. It is very thin, very flexible and good for little more than deflecting roost. I was so worried when I saw how flexible it was that I backed it with aluminum in front of that vulnerable oil filter and was glad I did. One weekend is how long mine lasted.

With aluminum a bit of foam between the skid plate and motor kills the noise very effectively. A dead blow hammer repairs any carnage. In the mean time your frame rails don't get flattened, the cases don't get gouged and parts don't get torn off. All of which happened running the flexible KTM plastic POS.

I have done two more of the rides that killed the plastic KTM part with the Flatlands. It is pretty gouged but all I had to do was beat one monster dent out of the bottom. It makes me cringe to think what the rock that puckered the Flatlands skidplate would have done to my engine with the plastic part.

There might be a decent plastic aftermarket skidplate somewhere, but the KTM one ain't it.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:10 PM   #87
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My sponsor Pro-carbon makes one


http://www.pro-carbon.com/scripts/po...ti.php?IDZ=179


They also make quite a few other LC4 parts http://www.pro-carbon.com/scripts/zbozi.php?KID=45

and other moto makes as well as car parts ..
http://www.pro-carbon.com/scripts/index.php
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:21 PM   #88
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Would not the carbon fiber fracture and splinter on impact. Kevlar OK. But CF?
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:21 AM   #89
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My sponsor Pro-carbon makes one


http://www.pro-carbon.com/scripts/po...ti.php?IDZ=179


They also make quite a few other LC4 parts http://www.pro-carbon.com/scripts/zbozi.php?KID=45

and other moto makes as well as car parts ..
http://www.pro-carbon.com/scripts/index.php
Really nice stuff! Any chance you could help them with their English?! What will fit our Adventures?
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:08 PM   #90
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Really nice stuff! Any chance you could help them with their English?! What will fit our Adventures?
I have one of those on my bike; here's my review:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...93#post1303093

I didn't update the review; plate still on the bike; its got dings from rock hits but I've never hi-centered on a boulder or some such uber-hit.
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