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Old 03-20-2010, 07:27 AM   #1
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Suzuki V-strom skid plate for DL650

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V-strom after market stuff. skid plates,radiator guards,oil cooler guards,lift kits. (This is an old post, please find an up dated one, the design has changed 4/2012)

I make Skid plates for The Suzuki V-strom 650 and 1000.

I sell the Steel Skid Plate for $140 Powder coated black
I sell the Stainless skid plate for $200 Powder coated black
I sell the Aluminum skid plate for $200 Powder coated black
I sell the mounting bracket for $40 with hardware
Custom paint color is $10 more
Hardware Up grade is $10 more

Total $180 for the standard steel skid plate package.

Shipping, I ship UPS in the US and USPS for International. It is the cheapest.
West coast comes out to be between $12 and $18
East coast comes out to be between $22 and $26
Canada comes out to be about $62
Other country's between $82 and $130

P/S The skid plate is designed to deflect rocks/gravel, small objects. It's designed to protect your oil filter, oil cooler, exhaust. It is not designed to be used as a belly ramp to go over logs and jumping buildings. If you choose to do that, you are doing it at your own risk. Yes the product is very strong, but it is only as strong as the tube guard that it is mounted to. So I'm not liable if damage is done to your bike.

Reasons for the design.

I didn't like the after market ones because they are expensive and cheaply made. I had an aluminum one that I paid $219. It had cut outs on the bottom for the exhaust. So it didn't protect the exhaust. And first time off road, The aluminum skid plate got all bent up. So I decided on inventing and making my own. I work for a fabrication shop. So I decided to get creative on my Solid works Program.

The things I wanted out of a skid plate:

To protect The exhaust.
To protect the Oil filter.
To protect the Oil cooler.
To be able to lift the whole bike from under the skid plate.
To be strong and tough.
To look good.
To adapt to both Givi , SW-Motech, Hepco Becker, Altrider, and other Crash bars.
And easy to install.

What I didn't want:

holes on the bottom where sticks could poke through.
a hole to drain the oil. It doesn't work. you end up making a mess.
A hole to change the filter. That would take away the protection I tried to give the oil filter.
If you can get your hand in there, imagine what else will get in.

So this is what I came up with.

So I got to work on this design. And here are a few pics of it on my bike, this is the stainless with no powder coating.

Of course it took a few tries and a few designs to perfect it. But I was Happy with the final product.

Now that I had designed the skid plate. I had to tackle the next problem.

The mounting bracket. The one that came with my aluminum skid plate was thin, cheap, and flimsy. I kept bending it.
So I decided that I had to create a new one and much stronger. The kind that a Duel Sport bike should have. I believe if you are going to protect your investment (Motorcycle) then you have to do it right.

So this is what I drew up.

Here is a comparison of the competitions bracket and My bracket.
My bracket is 1/4" thick and made of steel. Powder coated in black.

And of course, every one wants the hardware supplied with the Skid plate and bracket.
So, I put together a hardware kit. Every thing you need to install the skid plate.

Now I ask that when you order, you specify the type of bolts you want under the skid plate.

Hex? or pan head?

The Upgrade Hardware kit allows you to have pan head bolts go in from the front of the skid plate So you don't have nuts sticking out. Some people like that better.
The Upgrade consists of 5/16" stainless button head bolts and machined blocks that go on the back of the crash bars.

The install

First you need to get your bike off of your kick stand. Use a duel kick stand if you have one.

You will have to remove the bolt that holds your exhaust and the two bolts that hold your kick stand. You can use a 12" extension and a wobbly to reach from the opposite side. It works really well.

Then you need to install the bracket.

Then you put both U-bolts on the front of your crash bars. I use a piece of green rubber with 4 holes. You can use a piece of inner tube.
Anything works. it's just to put a layer between the skid plate and the crash bar. And it holds the U-bolts in position. It's not mandatory to put something there. It just helps to hold the U-bolts in position.

Then I hold up the front of the skid plate and bolt the front on. I use the second set of holes. I bolt it on loosely.

Then I raise the rear up to the bracket and install the two bolts. Remember to lube these two bolts. They are both stainless bolts and stainless lock nuts. If you don't put oil,grease,lock tight or some thing, they will seize permanently. Once everything is screwed in, Tighten all the nuts and bolts. And you are done.

Now here is more info on the product.

It is made of steel and powder coated black.
Steel is 11 gauge. (1/8" steel) weight about 11 lbs.
Stainless is also 11 gauge. weight about 11.5 lbs. (hardest material)(no rust)
Aluminum is 3/16 and weight is about 8 lbs.( softer material)

The bracket is 1/4" steel. Powder coated black.

The bottom bolts are 3/8" bolts.
The front U-bolts are 1/4"
The two Kick stand bolts are M12 x 1.25 X 35
The exhaust bolt is M8 x 1.25 x 2"

When ready to order,
send me a E-mail with your order and zip code so I can look up shipping.
Then I will send you a paypal invoice. Once paid, I ship.

I take Paypal, money orders. I will do checks, but I will wait for them to clear. (I don't like checks) but will accept.
I sell these for half of what you would pay in a retail store.
So I don't make much of a profit. The prices are what they are.

If you have questions, you can PM me or
E-mail me.

Yann D.


Please post pictures of your skid plate mounted if you can. On this thread.
Or e-mail me pics if you can. Thank you.

Pictures of skid plate on other V-strom 650

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