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Old 07-30-2008, 03:03 PM   #121
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It looks stock, in an Italian way. It's just a back wall and bottom wall, with a nylon strap wrapping all the way up and around the battery, and fastening to the back wall. IE: the battery is fully exposed on both sides (held by the frame rails) and in front. Somebody will have to verify.
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Old 08-01-2008, 01:22 PM   #122
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Trail TEch

Somebody suggested I post it here too.
bunch of picture on my trail tech speedo installation here:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...postcount=1478
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Old 08-04-2008, 02:57 PM   #123
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New skid plate project

Okay everyone, I couldn't decide if I should start a new thread or post it here, but here it goes.

There is a manufacturing company here in Salt Lake that makes skid plates for every type of motorsport (you probably own one from this company).

I recently talked with the owner/designer and convinced him to help me make a new skid plate for the Elefant.

What I need from everyone is a message showing general interest Yes/No , how much you would pay for a better skid plate, and any design elements you would like to see in the new skid plate.

If anyone has ideas/drawings of a plate they have dreamed up, please let me know. I want to get a batch order from this company and get everyone a great skid plate at a good price.

Last season I destroyed my exhaust header just past the skid plate because it doesn't have any coverage, I plan on fixing this situation as well as any others everyone can think of. We could even send these overseas so that everyone can protect the precious Elefant.

Let me know. Spread the word, Thanks.
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Old 08-04-2008, 03:08 PM   #124
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I would go in for ~$140 shipped kind of.

Should allow to make oil changes without removing the plate.
Should have holes to allow ventilation.
Should keep the wrap around the lower frame to protect it.
Should be sturdy enough so if it "touches" wood/rock it doesn't bend like the stock one does (very annoying).

I would also look in the european market, with today's rate for dollars, if somebody would sell a nice skid plate in the USA for around that price and ship to europe, I'm sure many people would order from there as well.


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Old 08-04-2008, 03:31 PM   #125
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I agree with your design features. When I get the bike and skid plate to the company I will give them a wish list of features.

Keep 'em coming, thanks guys !!!
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:45 AM   #126
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I would go in for ~$140 shipped kind of.

Should allow to make oil changes without removing the plate.

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hi christian ..
I disagree with this point ..
to offer a great protection a bash plate should cover the full underside of the engine ..
the sumpguard I became from Andyu cadney covers the engine well
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It's really efficient because the engine is well protected 'till the shock linkage

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Old 08-05-2008, 08:41 AM   #127
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Thanks for the pictures

Really nice plate, but why not having a hole where the oil drain plug is, most of the off-road skid plate have it, I had it on my DRZ400, KTM520, DR350, NX650, XT600 etc... never had a problem with it. Doesn't need to be big, just enough to get a wrench through and let the oil go.

Also seems like the rear attachment is on the foot pegs, is that right ?
Wondering about that, I had a footpeg bolt break when I was doing off-road 2 weekends ago. The bolt broke - I was able to replace it but wondering if we can find an other attachment

Also it seems like the plate is very far off the lower frame, I guess that's to avoid making the bends around the headpipe, but It's lower the clearance.

Otherwise looks great, I hope the "super secret shop" (like we don't know) in Utah can do it for reasonable cost.


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hi christian ..
I disagree with this point ..
to offer a great protection a bash plate should cover the full underside of the engine ..
the sumpguard I became from Andyu cadney covers the engine well
look there











It's really efficient because the engine is well protected 'till the shock linkage

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Old 08-05-2008, 09:51 AM   #128
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The hole for the oil drain plus wouldn't be the problem and it wouldn't compromise the integrity of the plate much, but the hole for the oil filter would. If you need to drop it for the filter no point in an oil drain hole than. IMO
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:05 AM   #129
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The hole for the oil drain plus wouldn't be the problem and it wouldn't compromise the integrity of the plate much, but the hole for the oil filter would. If you need to drop it for the filter no point in an oil drain hole than. IMO
Make sense, forgot about that filter
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Old 08-06-2008, 07:40 AM   #130
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I also though about the filter ..

the mounting is on the footpeg bolts but I did make a solid mounting. I get the rubber silent bloc out and let some métals parts done
so the plate is build on 4 steel 8-8 screw and 2 mounts on front.

It take approx 5 min to get the bash plate out ..

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Old 08-06-2008, 08:35 AM   #131
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I also though about the filter ..

the mounting is on the footpeg bolts but I did make a solid mounting. I get the rubber silent bloc out and let some métals parts done
so the plate is build on 4 steel 8-8 screw and 2 mounts on front.

It take approx 5 min to get the bash plate out ..

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What about getting the mount between the footpeg and the frame instead of removing the rubber mounts ?

Motomike, any chances you can get these pictures when you take it to the shop ?

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Old 08-06-2008, 08:47 AM   #132
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in fact the mount are outside the peg because the guard is constrained .
it's wider than the subframe+pegs and screwed it make a mecanical constraint (light one) that help it be resistent.
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Old 08-06-2008, 09:59 AM   #133
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bash plate

I would want more side coverage like the stock plate. Bigger is better? I don't care if it weights 30#, as long as I can beat the hell out of it.
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:50 AM   #134
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Most any good-sized town has a welding shop that can do most anything out of aluminum...find a place that repairs pontoon boats, for example. Fabricate what you want out of 1/4" luan plywood and take the prototype and the bike to a welder.

I am doing one now for my SE...


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Old 08-06-2008, 02:54 PM   #135
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I would want more side coverage like the stock plate. Bigger is better? I don't care if it weights 30#, as long as I can beat the hell out of it.
not really needed, the tank and the H&B crash bar protects the rest of the engine very well

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