Bulletproof skidplate for 990!

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by RoundOz, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. FalloutMan

    FalloutMan Been here awhile

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    How is the stock plate any better? I thought of this as well til I realized the stock plate doesn't have ANY holes up front.
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  2. Sumi

    Sumi Long timer

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    The stock plate actually does have a venting hole just above the VR, so it'll make some airflow possible over there. Though I'm not sure it makes any sense
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  3. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    That's the way I was thinking when I drilled mine .
    See my previous post in this thread for pics.

    These things are so beefy a few holes aren't going to
    weaken them.

    Max
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  4. FalloutMan

    FalloutMan Been here awhile

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    Well if you are paranoid here is a solution you could ziptie above the VR blowing down. I bet you could even tap into the VRs output to get nice clean 12v DC :evil
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  5. Sumi

    Sumi Long timer

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    No I'm not that paranoid (though I am a little:D), I was realy just asking if this wouldn't be a problem.
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  6. FalloutMan

    FalloutMan Been here awhile

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    I think I may add a computer fan anyway. Whats the worse thatll happen, the VR works more efficiently because less electricity is being turned into heat? I also should add a second fan to the radiator since it likes to come off and on during 1st and 2nd gear trail riding.
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  7. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    ...that the 13th law of thermodynamics states that because a VR is designed to produce a certain amount of heat - if you start taking that heat away, it will start pulling more current from the battery to replace it.

    This is the same reason that the ratio of the amount you restrict your exhaust to the amount it increases your fuel economy is equivalent to the weight ratio of wallet vs gonads.
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  8. ten_fiver

    ten_fiver Long timer

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    Just bolted mine on tonight. Beautiful! I gotta say, this thing fit better out of the box than anything else I've ever put on a bike. Money well spent!

    :freaky
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  9. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    Heavy, too-- lowers the center of gravity.
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  10. scoutguy

    scoutguy Been here awhile

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    Just came home today and found a box on the step-in it was mine new Weld 86 skidplate and relocator kit. I went directly to the bike and installed them both. Skidplate quality is great, and well made. Can't wait to get the bike out this weekend to try it out. Great folks to deal with.
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  11. cdcorbin

    cdcorbin Swamp Paddle

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    For anyone with the old style SWMotech crash bars, FYI: Charlie said his plate is compatible with the bars (after a mod he does in his shop) and the adapter from Black Dog.
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  12. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    I at first thought that 8 lb. sounded like a lot of extra weight. Then it dawned on me :doh of course, it is not all extra.

    I just weighed my stock plate, and got 3.9 lb, so only about 4 lb. extra.
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  13. gefr

    gefr Life is a trip

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    I think I should bring up my experience with VR failure. I had it die on me, on a hot sunny day in August last year. Fried my battery, my EFI and my ABS! So don't think it is too difficult to happen. I was wearing my stock skidplate on. This is why TT have their skidplate drilled.
    Another point I should make, concerning all aftermarket skidplates is the two rubber supporting points at the bottom of the OEM skidplate. These are very important, since they divide the distance between the supporting mounts in half. That makes the OEM bashplate to withstand 4 times biger force than it would without this support. So if aftermarket skidplates could get equipped with this support, that would be a huge improvement.
    Cheers.
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  14. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    My BDCW Plate has lots of space for airflow where the VR is located and its still very protected. and It has a nice solid rubber block as an additional support on the plate.
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  15. offworlder

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    Installed my Weld86 "kit" - side stand relocator and skid plate - today on my '11 990.
    Came with simple straightforward instructions, extremely high quality components, fast shipping, and a great price !
    A huge thumbs up for a product that exceeded my expectations.

    Thanks Charlie

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  16. jruh

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    I paid a little extra for him to drill some holes in the sides of mine. Looks great, is rock solid and fits perfectly! Unfortunately it is very rare to buy an aftermarket motorcycle accessory that fits as it should. This one does!!

    John
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  17. Lobster

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    Just put my order in today....here's hoping Weld still has a black one left in stock for me!

    Thanks for the tip on this, as I don't think I would have found it down in Vendors...
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  18. tunp

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    I too find the weld 86 plate and sidestand kit an excellent product and fit.
    from order to my door a few days, :clap
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  19. Zander

    Zander Been here awhile

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    Hi Charlie,

    Any news on the toolbox?
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  20. jgrady

    jgrady Adventurer

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    +1 Weld 86
    Perfect fit and finish for both items.
    No doubt there are others that work well too.
    Just say'n...:D
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