It's not that any of the available skidplates aren't great products, but I like having something a little different, hand-crafted and all that. I mean, it's the middle of a cold and snowy Winter, I have a pile of aluminum, a TIG welder, and apparently not enough common sense to know better. Eventually, I learned WHY these things cost as much as they do, but first-On To The Build! I started by looking at all the pictures I could find of all the different skidplates currently available. Then, it was time to make a scale model- Eh. Pretty bland. I tried adding a second bend at the front edge of the bottom of the skidplate- Much better. I liked that the leading edge-that was most likely to encounter large, immoveable objects, has a less-severe angle of attack. It seems it would be more likely to lever the considerable heft of the Mighty 950 up-and-over said object, rather than deform the body of the skidplate. Or, maybe I just like the way it looks better. The next step, make a full-scale pattern, then fit it to the bike- Normally, I use the nice single-ply cardboard from my many 12-packs of Vault I have laying about, but they just weren't big enough, so i had to go with the corrugated variety- After a lot of trimming and taping, I began to find a shape that I liked. I found the right side needed a quite different shape- -than the left, as they have completely different components to cover- Well, it looks OK so far- I used the pattern to cut a mock skidplate from more cardboard- All right, it's go time- let's make some aluminum chips! I selected 5052 alloy, in .190 thickness, which is usually called 5mm, but is actually about 4.8mm- Now, there is a new entry into the 950 skidplate arena that can be found in the Vendor section, made by and inmate known as weld86. He went with a full 1/4" thickness, and god only knows how many tons of force that stuff takes to bend. But it looks awesome! I would probably go with that one if I was even a little smarter. Oh well. Next step sounds fairly easy, but it was a huge PITA! Step 14aa- Cut it out. You see, I have an cheap old drill press, an even cheaper and older bandsaw, and the welder, and that's about it. There's no way I could make all of the cuts on the bandsaw, it just doesn't have the throat clearance to make cuts that deep on such a huge sheet. Well, it turns out you can get a Skil saw blade that cuts metal- GREAT! And we're cutting, and cutting, and cutting. And I learned a couple of things. 1-Perhaps the reason most guys don't build skidplates with so many angles, is all the extra work those angles bring. B-Cutting aluminum with a Skil saw is much like cutting particle board- there are chunks of metal EVERYWHERE when you're done. But, I had my skidplate in it's raw form- Now, all those finicky little angles would REALLY start to piss me off, as i try and figure out how I'm going to bend 5mm-thick aluminum in my garage.