Ricochet Off Road Skid Plate

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  1. 67siia

    67siia Been here awhile

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    Ricochet Off Road Skid Plate


    Just sharing the recent installation of the Ricochet Off Road Skid Plate. Instructions included were not very helpful yet, the install is common sense. Installation was a breeze, using the stock skid plate rubber bushings. Overall the finish is good, protection seems adequate. However the cat touches the plate... rode yesterday and did not see or felt any ill effect. Overall, it looks nice, plenty of room to access the oil drain plug. It will require removal to replace the oil filter.

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  2. ktownbobski

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    Ricochet installed on factory lowered 2013 F700GS using the BMW oem rubber mounts with a washer added between the mount and oil pan and another between the mount and skid-plate. The washers provided a small amount of additional clearance. Still a close fit but works perfectly and looks very 'integrated' with the bike. See photos here.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9846951...7635339140632/
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    Looks good. Any discount codes available currently on this stuff?
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    Thanks! Works now.

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    Ordered mine today. Damn you guys!
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    have had mine on the bike since 2009. Worth the peace of minded. Yours looks a lot cleaner.:D time to put some scratches on the bottom of it.

    Happy Riding!
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  10. 67siia

    67siia Been here awhile

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    Waiting for the dealer to send the crash bars... then we can go play...

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    So, does yours touch the cat as well or do the washers ensure that it doesn't?

    Thanks. I need to get some washers...
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    Did your rubber mounts get twisted when tightening the skid plate? Mine sure did...

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    67siia Been here awhile

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    They did. I just gave them a turn back with the wrench the best I could.
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  14. Scubalong

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    I got the same skid plate on my 09 found a burn mark :huh(gouge) at the front close to the exhaust during my last oil change. Wish they have a little access door for the filter :evil and yes the rubber mount do twist on my as well.
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    Check them out on Facebook, or email them thriugh the webpage and ask for discount. The owner is pretty awesome when it comes to group buys and discounts.
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    I found the way to stop them twisting was to clean any crap from the threads, grease them, and use my battery impact driver.

    After wrecking one set off road bashing over fallen trees, I haven't had any issues since. Rattle gun them on and off each oil change. All good.
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    It snugs up to the rubber mounts just fine and just barely still touches the cat even with the washers installed . . but just 'barely' as in doesn't push up on it, doesn't rattle etc., and after 500klm I've never even noticed it's on the bike. A 1mm thicker washer would probably have it clearing the cat completely but I'm not going to bother. If you want to add another washer ad it between the oil pan and the rubber mount because that's the longer threaded stud and can better accommodate the washers. The other stud is shorter and with the thickness of the plate one washer is about all it can take and still leave enough thread for the nut to grab properly. I didn't worry about torques, I just snugged the mounts to the pan and nuts to the mounts and used a small spot of blue lock-tite on each thread. Because it fits so closely I think it is the perfect skid-plate for a lowered bike.
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    Hmm... that's one thing I wasn't sure of when installing the mounts - whether the longer stud goes into to oil pan or into the skid plate. I ended up putting the shorter stud into the oil pan. I also used two extra washers - one on each side of the rubber mount. Seems OK and the plate is not touching the cat.
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