BDCW Skid Plate | Maintenance Tasks Requiring Removal?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by uncleGarage, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. uncleGarage

    uncleGarage Been here awhile

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    Planning on installing a BDCW Skid Plate. Once it is on, are there any maintenance tasks which require the removal of the plate? Can I change oil filter?

    What is something which def requires its removal?
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  2. Snks

    Snks Been here awhile

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    Changing the oil. But four screws later and whamo she's off.
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  3. KTMforget

    KTMforget Been here awhile

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    Thanks for posting the question. As the guy who designed it, I am happy to answer your question. I can only guess you are referring to the Black Dog skid plate for the GS/GSA-LC (a.k.a. water boxer)?

    If so, yes - you need to remove the skid plate in order to change the oil and filter. It removes in about 30 seconds with 4 bolts.

    We do not have a "drain hole" in our skid plate as it creates not only a weak point in the bottom of the plate, it can also cause the bike to get snagged when crossing obstacles. We prefer to create a smooth "glide surface". Also, the BMW maintenance / warranty schedule requires a new filter with every oil change and on the GS/GSA-LC the oil filter is on the side of the motor so removing the filter with a skid plate in place would fill the skid plate with oil and since the skid plate is in front of the REAR TIRE, we feel this would create a very dangerous situation and most likely a scerario which would drip oil onto the rear tire. Plus if you were to remove the oil filter while the skid plate is in place, it will make a mess inside your skid plate which will take a lot longer and be more difficult than removing the skid plate in the first place.

    When we design our parts, we make sure that our parts are as "maintenance friendly" as possible. I do my own maintenance - we would I create a part that is a PITA to remove for maintenance. Simple - I wouldn't.

    Add our "maintenance friendly" design approach to superior protection of the header pipes, bomber construction and a frame mounted rear bracket - it is easy to understand why are skid plates are so popular.

    I hope that helps and answers your questions. If I can help with anything else, please let me know.

    Thanks for your continued support
    Kurt
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  4. uncleGarage

    uncleGarage Been here awhile

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    Yes. Referring to the GSA-LC. Excellent and detailed answer. It's helpful to know why a product was designed the way it was. Thank you.
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