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Old 10-10-2011, 11:37 AM   #3451
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Enduro Engineering for me.

I cover the inside of all of my skid plates, aluminum and CF, with Dynamat. They not only rattle against the frame rails but they have a natural resonance with all of the vibration. The Dynamat quietens them down at the expense of some extra weight. I am experimenting with just using it where the frame rails touch and a few strips in other locations to see if the result is the same and I can shed a little weight.
Just where it touches the frame rails seems to do the trick on the 530. My 525 has a Flatland skid plate (for Skibum's now growing list of options), and mine rattled so loud one time I thought my motor exploded! I hit a rock, bent it back tight, and no problems with noise since. Must be nice and tight against the frame.
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:47 AM   #3452
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I think I have a Moose on mine - paid around $75 new on fleabay. For me the big factors were a decent thickness aluminum, oil drain plug holes, and large ears out the side to protect the stator and clutch covers. The aluminum plates tend to make some buzzing noise at some RPMs, but if you cut some pieces of old inner tube and put them between the frame rails and the plate, it will almost completely eliminate the sound. YMMV
I have carbon fiber on mine. No worries of rattling with CF. It's quick release as well. I don't have holes in mine for the drain plugs. You don't need them.
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:55 AM   #3453
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oil drain plug holes
On "normal" bikes with a single bottom mounted drain plug these never work IME, the oil stream catches on the edge of the holes and makes a huge mess inside the plate. On the RFS with the rear facing drain plug, long and short oil screens plus the residual that always gets out from the filters I can't see any alternative to pulling the skid plate on every change.

My Devol doesn't actually rattle so I've never needed to add the padding. The KTM one on my old SXC was horrid for this.
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:55 PM   #3454
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ok, thanks for the good options,. What brand is your carbon one?
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:59 PM   #3455
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On "normal" bikes with a single bottom mounted drain plug these never work IME, the oil stream catches on the edge of the holes and makes a huge mess inside the plate. On the RFS with the rear facing drain plug, long and short oil screens plus the residual that always gets out from the filters I can't see any alternative to pulling the skid plate on every change.

My Devol doesn't actually rattle so I've never needed to add the padding. The KTM one on my old SXC was horrid for this.
IME, I stuff a rag behind the plug between the case and plate and screens when doing an oil change and lean the bike on an angle when pulling the filters. To me, I dont think its a big deal. Like I said YMMV
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:14 PM   #3456
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ok, thanks for the good options,. What brand is your carbon one?
Will have to get back to you on that one. Can't remember at the moment.

Will have to look on the bike.
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:46 AM   #3457
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What are people using for skidplates? Need one for mine, hoping to have it on the road when I get home from the next job
I have a Flatlands Racing unit on mine and it has taken serious abuse over the 15 000 + kms I have had it. I would buy another no question about it.
Pretty easy to do a quickie oil change without removing it also. A complete oil change only requires the two rear bolts be removed so that the plate can pivot down a bit and make room to slide the side oil screen out.



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Old 10-11-2011, 10:07 AM   #3458
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I knew this thread was the right place for my query
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:21 AM   #3459
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On the RFS with the rear facing drain plug, long and short oil screens plus the residual that always gets out from the filters I can't see any alternative to pulling the skid plate on every change.
Enduro Engineering on my 520. It has access for the drain plug and both screens, and I haven't had trouble with the oil stream catching the skid plate; no need to remove it for oil changes. I lay the bike on it's side for the filters, no dripping mess that way.
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:27 AM   #3460
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My favorite was the polyresin KTM type with the quick release.

It finally failed after several years of abuse, and I replaced IT WITH A VERY LOUD ALUMINUM one. I gave it a couple coats of truck bedliner stuff and it took the edge off, and looked cooler. But I kept hitting it on things in turns. I hooked a rock with it on one trail that lifted the rear wheel off the ground while turning- not so fun.

I still have it, and will likely return to it because it looks so cool and protective. But it's a pain to do oil changes- I dislike a dirty, greasy bike and there's no good way to change oil and clean screens without removing it. Yes, it has access holes for changes, but I'm nowhere near competent enough to do so without getting oil on the underside of the motor.

I'm currently running a fancy-schmancy carbon fiber deal I bought dirt cheap from a buddy who'd got it on sale. It's more the profile of the polyresin one, but lacks the quick release. So it takes as much time to remove it as the MadMax looking metal one.

Oh- here's a pretty picture:

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Old 10-11-2011, 11:03 AM   #3461
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That is a cool picture. Nice! DD

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Old 10-11-2011, 01:25 PM   #3462
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I've got Enduro Eng skidplate on my 525. That thing is bombproof.
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Old 10-11-2011, 01:49 PM   #3463
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Got my ugly Baja Designs headlight changed into a stock '04 KTM mask. I tidied everything up in the BD kit and made it one easy to remove unit. Looks much better and works better than stock too.

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Old 10-11-2011, 07:41 PM   #3464
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thinking of trying a rigid 6" led setup on mine?
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:57 PM   #3465
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Oops. New 2-piece design

But it's not supposed to be two-piece. Heck, it could be worse- output shaft, etc. And it could have been in the Great Remote between Page, AZ and Kanab, Utah, where we would have been an hour later.

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