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Old 08-12-2007, 11:50 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Rudley
Outfitting the new R1200 GS for the Alaska run with Sparks.....
Your bike will appreciate the new skidplates. The bang and clank of rocks coming up underneath you will not be something to worry about with these installed. Treadless looked at mine and wondered why I'd need them. He then went flying up the Haul Road and on his return said "Now I understand!".

Thanks Earnie - they have been wonderful.

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Old 01-02-2008, 01:14 PM   #32
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Cry R80G/S Skid/Bash Plates. Alum & Titanium

This is a two part request:
  1. I sent you an earlier message about engine and center stand plates for 1986 BMW R80G/S. I still would like to purchase one of each in plain Aluminum.
  2. BTW, it you could provide me a template, I could send you a water cut Titanium 1/4" plate to form and weld. I like the idea of it weighs like aluminum and strength like steel. In addition, where aluminum is "sticky', Ti is slick and doesn't get hung up on abrasive rocks, etc.
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Old 01-02-2008, 02:55 PM   #33
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Have you considered a skid plate for the Vstrom. There are a bunch of us and would love to have a product made by a member/rider.

I personally would sign up for one if you can do the R&D and ship prior to my ride to alaska. Also if you can do the center stand skid plate like for the GS I think you would sell a great deal to the Strom crowd as well...

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Old 07-17-2008, 07:25 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by Twin headlight Ernie
Well I had a little time to kill this morning so I decided to pull the engine skidplate on my own 92 R100GS and countersink the mounting holes. I replaced the bolts with 4) 6mm x 30mm stainlss steel countersunk bolts. I must say that it has a much cleaner look to it. I'll try to get a new & improved picture posted soon. By the way if anybody out there has a 2005 R1200GS in the LaCrosse Wisconsin area. I'm looking to borrow a bike to make up a skidplate pattern for this model. In exchange the owner of the bike would get the first working model free. E-mail me at Twin headlight Ernie
Hi there,

do you have a picture of the "contersink mounting holes/bolts" skid plate?
we are really interested, mostly my gspd :)
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:23 AM   #35
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Cry German aftermarket skid plate

Originally Posted by Twin headlight Ernie
I have aluminum engine skidplates available for R100GS. Choice of aluminum or diamond plate aluminum. Hand fabricated & TIG welded. Will countersink the mounting hardware at no addition charge upon request. $110.00 each. Matching centerstand skidplate also available for $35.00 & fatfoot for sidestand for $10.00. Centerstand skidplates also available for R1100/1150GS and for KLR650 aftermarket centerstands. All come with stainless steel hardware. E-mail me at Twin headlight Ernie
Twin Headlight makes a nice plate. In Germany and Holland there are some similar products. They make R80G/S and R100GS specific models. Spacing is achieved with a metal "washer" about 1 cm thick, that rides on the mounting bolts , between the plate and the Oil Pan. Take a look at;
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:41 PM   #36
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Ernie, skidplates arrived & fitted. great service only a couple of weeks to deliver to australia. it takes me longer to get parts locally. great looking bit of gear
thanks Jack
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:11 AM   #37
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R80 st skid plate?

Anyone know where I can get a skid plate for a 1984 r80 st?/ wanna make one?
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:46 PM   #38
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You still active on this thread, Ernie?

Got a new AltRider skid plate and my first trip with it on it busted the two vibration damper bolts in the back, the right front bolt sheared, leaving the front left bolt holding the whole thing on. Need two new vibration damper bolts and a new bolt for the front right hole.

The "bracket underride protection" arm is bent, but I think I can straighten it with a rubber mallet in a vise.

Another issue is that when I mounted the thing to begin with, I was immediately getting a harmonization from the engine vibrating the new larger skid plate. I think that's because AltRider's two new front bolts have no rubber grommets like the oem plate did. How do I address that issue too?

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Old 11-05-2012, 11:29 AM   #39
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I Need a pair of skidplates for a 92 R100GS, email sent

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Old 11-06-2012, 04:51 PM   #40
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Email responded to. I'll get it made up and shipped out ASAP.
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