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Old 03-30-2015, 03:13 PM   #1
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Hole in the skid plate!

Eh! I just discovered my oe skid plate has a puncture through the aluminum part. I guess it happened riding with my passenger on the back and bottomed out a few times. Front wheel is still round! The bottoming caused me to order some of Slaven's springs. I better get them in!

Anyone else hammer a hole in theirs?

Springs will be enough right?
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Old 03-30-2015, 03:40 PM   #2
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.. bottomed out a few times....
Springs will be enough right?
i suggest adding 5mm to oil height as a start to address bottoming.
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Old 03-30-2015, 03:48 PM   #3
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Springs will be enough right?
It's a very good start.
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:09 PM   #4
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And get a real skid plate!
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:12 PM   #5
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and get a real skid plate!
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:45 PM   #6
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Put a hole in mine just riding down a gravel road. +2 on the real skidplate!
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:11 PM   #7
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And get a real skid plate!
OE is still 99%...l'll put some JB Weld on it. I won't tag it again with the new springs anyways. Aftermarket plates are so expensive.
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:17 PM   #8
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Put a hole in mine just riding down a gravel road. +2 on the real skidplate!
Roughest ride this bike has seen. She a garage beaty queen. I don't want to tart her up with shiny bling
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:19 PM   #9
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Serious though, do you guys with proper springs still bottom out and touch down with the belly?
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Serious though, do you guys with proper springs still bottom out and touch down with the belly?
The bottom of my BlackDog plate is beaten and scared to hell. No holes (or broken parts).
I've stopped being scared when I hear the noise it makes upon impact......
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:12 PM   #11
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I punched a hole in my stock skid plate while riding Baja. I can't say my front rim is straight through.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:57 PM   #12
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OE is still 99%...l'll put some JB Weld on it. I won't tag it again with the new springs anyways. Aftermarket plates are so expensive.
X3 on a real skid plate, they are way cheaper than engine cases!
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:04 PM   #13
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Get a skid plate! My blackdog has a few good dents and one good crack that I need to weld up. My motor would be shot if I still had the stocker! My suspension was done on both ends but the rocks in Baja didn't care. I don't bottom out as much as bounce off of stuff. Money well spent.
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:09 PM   #14
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Serious though, do you guys with proper springs still bottom out and touch down with the belly?
Spring rate doesn't effect bottoming much. Spring rate changes ride height (aka race sag). Valving changes how fast (or how easily) the forks compress. Try adjusting in some more compression. If you are maxed out on your settings and still bottoming, then start messing with spring rates, fork oil height (and weight) and consider paying someone who knows what they are doing to unfuck the forks. I sent mine to Konflict and am as happy as a puppy with two peters with the results. Really, that helped much more over installing heavier springs in the factory forks.
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Old 03-31-2015, 02:37 AM   #15
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Stock skid plate is fine for 95% of owners

If your not going offroad the stocker does its job well. Heck, I know guys that ride off road and swear by the stocker. Replacements are virtually free.

I prefer the insurance an aluminum one offers, but $ and weight are a valid argument.
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