Dl 1000 Skid plate for the V-STROM

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  1. narcosis junky

    narcosis junky NARCOSIS JUNKY

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    A lot of things have changed in the Enduro Guardian skid plate design and prices. Check out this new post.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=750002




    I make Skid plates for The Suzuki V-strom 1000.

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    I sell the Skid Plate for $140
    I sell the mounting bracket for $40 (nuts and bolts) (needed if you order and skid plate)

    Total $180


    Shipping, I ship USPS. It is the cheapest.
    West coast comes out to be about $20
    East coast comes out to be about $30
    Canada comes out to be $70
    Other countrys about $90 to $130


    P/S The skid plate is designed to deflect rocks/gravel, small objects. It's designed to protect your oil filter, oil cooler, exhaust. It is not designed to be used as a belly ramp to go over logs and jumping buildings. If you choose to do that, you are doing it at your own risk. Yes the product is very strong, but it is only as strong as the tube guard that it is mounted to. So I'm not liable if damage is done to your bike.

    Reasons for the design.

    I didn't like the after market ones because they are expensive and cheaply made. I had an aluminum one that I paid $219. It had cut outs on the bottom for the exhaust. So it didn't protect the exhaust. And first time off road, The aluminum skid plate got all bent up. So I decided on inventing and making my own. I work for a fabrication shop. So I decided to get creative on my Solid works Program.

    The things I wanted out of a skid plate:

    To protect The exhaust.
    To protect the Oil filter.
    To protect the Oil cooler.
    To be able to lift the whole bike from under the skid plate.
    To be strong and tough.
    To look good.
    To adapt to both Givi and Motech Crash bars.
    To be able to jack the bike up from under the skid plate.
    To be able to use a duel kick stand.
    And easy to install.

    What I didn't want:

    holes on the bottom where sticks could poke through.
    a hole to drain the oil. It doesn't work. you end up making a mess.
    A hole to change the filter. That would take away the protection I tried to give the oil filter.
    If you can get your hand in there, imagine what else will get in.


    So this is what I came up with.

    I put a couple holes for drainage on the front corners for you mud lovers.

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    I shortened the lip on the rear so that there is no interference with the center stand.
    I also altered on of the side notches so that it doesn't interfere with the bolt on the side of the exhaust.
    this is what The 650 design looked like on the Dl1000 with the small modification I did.

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    So I got to work on this design. And here are a few pics of it on the 1000.

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    Of course it took a few tries and a few designs to perfect it. But I was Happy with the final product.

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    The difference between the bottom of my skid plate and it's competitors.

    Our skid plate design:

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    The competition's skid plate. To many openings and not enough protection. In my opinion.
    It's the silver one.

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    Now that I had designed the skid plate. I had to tackle the next problem.

    The mounting bracket. The one that came with my Motech aluminum skid plate was thin, cheap, and flimsy. I kept bending it.
    So I decided that I had to create a new one and much stronger. The kind that a Duel Sport bike should have. I believe if you are going to protect your investment (Motorcycle) then you have to do it right.

    So this is what I drew up.

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    Here is a comparison of the Motech bracket and My bracket.
    My bracket is 1/4" thick and made of steel. Powder coated in black.

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    And of course, every one wants the hardware supplied with the Skid plate and bracket.
    So, I put together a hardware kit. Every thing you need to install the skid plate.

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    Now I ask that when you order, you specify the type of bolts you want under the skid plate.

    Hex? or pan head?

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    The install


    First you need to get your bike off of your kick stand. Use a duel kick stand if you have one.

    If you have the plastic skid plate, you need to remove it.
    Then you need to remove the two brackets that hold the plastic skid plate. here is a picture of the one on the left side.

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    The bracket will be in the way if you don't remove it.

    You will have to remove the bolt that holds your exhaust and the two bolts that hold your kick stand.

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    Then you need to install the bracket.
    Use 3/4 crescent wrench. It's tight under there and it might take a little time to get the new bolts in. Be patient. And use lock tight.

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    Then you put both U-bolts on the front of your crash bars. I use a piece of green rubber with 4 holes. You can use a piece of inner tube.
    Anything works. it's just to put a layer between the skid plate and the crash bar. And it holds the U-bolts in position. It's not mandatory to put something there. It just helps to hold the U-bolts in position.

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    Then I hold up the front of the skid plate and bolt the front on. I use the second set of holes. I bolt it on loosely. You may have to use the first set.

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    Then I raise the rear up to the bracket and install the two bolts. Once everything is screwed in, Tighten all the nuts and bolts. And you are done.

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    Now here is more info on the product.

    It is made of steel and powder coated black.

    It is made of 11 gauge. (1/8" steel)

    The bracket is 1/4" steel. Powder coated black. The bracket has two nylock nuts welded on top. So you don't have to hold on to nut's.

    The bottom bolts are 3/8" bolts.
    The front U-bolts are 1/4"
    The two Kick stand bolts are M12 x 1.25 X 35
    The exhaust bolt is M8 x 1.25 x 2"

    Payment:

    I take Paypal, money orders. I will do checks, but I will wait for them to clear. (I don't like checks) but will accept. And paypal is instant and most of the time, I can ship same day as paypal payment.
    I sell these for half of what you would pay in a retail store.
    So I don't make much of a profit. The prices are what they are.

    If you have questions, you can PM me or E-mail me. I prefer E-mail (yann_dex@msn.com)

    Yann D.
    Yann_dex@msn.com
    (541)912-1205

    This is what is being shipped:
    Box size is 24"X14"X12"
    weight around 19 lbs.

    shipped from:
    Oregon
    97404

    Please post pictures of your skid plate mounted if you can. On this thread.
    Or e-mail me pics if you can. Thank you.

    Pictures of skid plate on other V-strom 1000's

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  2. monkeyfez

    monkeyfez Enabler....

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    what's this bugger weigh?
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  3. narcosis junky

    narcosis junky NARCOSIS JUNKY

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    The steel skid is 11 lbs.

    The stainless is 11.5 lbs.

    The aluminum is 7.5 lbs.

    The mounting bracket and hardware 2 lbs.

    All these numbers are give or take a little.

    As I say to every one that worry about weight. Get on a diet and loose a few pounds.:rofl
    People pay 7 to 9 grand for the bike. And they worry about a few pounds.
    Really, what it comes down to is if you want to protect the bike, you are going to have to add a little weight. And that little weight will save you hundreds if not thousands in repairs.

    Let me know if you are interested.
    send me an e-mail to yann_dex@msn.com with your zip so I can figure out the shipping and I can send you a paypal invoice.

    Thank you,

    yann

    541-912-1205
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  4. monkeyfez

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    ?? :scratch so you offer it in all of these metals? Is the cost the same?
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  5. narcosis junky

    narcosis junky NARCOSIS JUNKY

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  6. geoduch

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    Skid plate bracket looks very stout. I have an Altrider skid plate and crash bar set up on my DL1000, but the skid plate bracket is squished and needs to be replaced. any idea if your hardware kit will mount up with Altrider's?
    thanks
    george
    pre squish

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    post squish

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  7. narcosis junky

    narcosis junky NARCOSIS JUNKY

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    I don't know if it will fit.
    It's designed to fit my skid plate.

    The width of my bracket might be wider. It might be taller. And the biggest issue is the bolt mounts on the bottom.

    Maybe you should get my Enduro Guardian skid plate and bracket.
    That's the reason why I created my own skid plate design. All the other designs had a weak bracket. And the skid plates where bending.
    I wanted a design that would't do that.
    So I made the Enduro Guardian skid plate.

    $165 for the whole package (hardware and bracket included)

    Let me know.

    Yann

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  8. geoduch

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    Yann,
    i don't mind drilling out the Altrider plate to mate up with your bracket. How much for the bracket with hardware shipped to 45223? if the bracket alone does not solve my problem, i may be back for the plate.....
    geoduch@hotmail.com
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  9. narcosis junky

    narcosis junky NARCOSIS JUNKY

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    I sell the bracket and hardware for $35.
    If you need the skid plate down the road, that's $130 for steel
    $190 for stainless, and $200 for aluminum.

    Shipping to 45223 Priority mail is $13

    If interested, send me a e-mail to yann_dex@msn.com

    That's an under score between yann and dex.
    this way, I have your e-mail, and I can send you a Paypal invoice.

    yann
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    541-912-1205
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  10. AtlantaViking

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    Nice Work. Any ideas if it fits Hepco Becker guards?
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    narcosis junky NARCOSIS JUNKY

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  12. Stromdog

    Stromdog Howl at the Moon

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    That's nice looking workmanship, Yann! I've got a good background in sheet metal work-MIG, TIG, brake work, CNC Plasma cutting, etc. I can see you've put alot of thought, quality and value into your skidplates. Wish I didn't have one from another fabricator.

    Any thoughts for designing a larger,touring plate for the rear rack?
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  13. narcosis junky

    narcosis junky NARCOSIS JUNKY

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    What size are we talking about.
    I ask, because I did design a touring plate.
    I have my Trax box mounted on top of it.
    It's a little bigger than the original one I bought and I did it, so that I could move my trax box further back on the bike. This way, there would be more room for my wife.
    I do have one extra sitting around in my garage.
    It is stainless painted silver grey.
    That's why I'm asking how big are you wanting?


    yann
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  14. Stromdog

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    Yann, Somewhere around 22" wide by 14-16" deep. I'm thinking about
    eliminating my top case for over the road trips and a touring plate would give me a better set up for mounting a second dry bag, keeping the weight lower. It would also provide a solution for mounting extra fuel, if needed.
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  15. narcosis junky

    narcosis junky NARCOSIS JUNKY

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    Yeah, I finally got the Enduroguardian.com web site up and running.

    Any one want's to check it out, go for it everything is there.

    You-Tube videos, photo album, Store has everything in inventory.

    All information is there. Check out the store. Here is a link to the store.

    Store: http://shop.enduroguardian.com/

    Web site: http://enduroguardian.com/

    Yep, people can even pay with credit cards if they want.

    Check it out.

    Yann D.
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  16. zeeede

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    Posted this in Yann's other thread, but since this one is Vee-specific, figured I'd give me review here, too.

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  17. narcosis junky

    narcosis junky NARCOSIS JUNKY

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    Please order your Skid plate, HWY pegs, lift kit, and radiator guard in now before Christmas and New Years.
    I will not be shipping orders between December 20th and January 1st.
    So if you plan on ordering a Skid plate(bash plate) or HWY pegs or lift kit, or Radiator guard for your V-strom, Get your order in now!
    I will take orders during that Holiday break, but will not ship them out until after January 2nd.

    Go to EnduroGuardian.com to place your order

    Any questions, you can call (541)912-1205 or E-mail me at yann@EnduroGuardian.com

    Thank you.

    yann D.
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  18. WANDRR

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    Are you still making and selling these skid plates?
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  19. narcosis junky

    narcosis junky NARCOSIS JUNKY

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    Yes, I still make them. Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, I was gone for Memorial weekend.
    Just go to my website. EnduroGuardian.com

    all the info you need will be there including a lot of videos that will answer a lot of your questions.

    Thank you for asking.

    yann
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