12GS: Engine and Center Stand Skidplate

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by GB, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    I just received and installed our very own Twin Headlight Ernie's fantastic aluminum skidplate and center stand plate.

    I was eyeing the similar Touratech plate, but didn't want to spend all that money.. then I see this thread in the vendor forum:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=107165

    What a bargain by comparison to the Touratech plate! I would like to lay the bike on its side and take more pics to show here, but right now the bike is indoors and I don't have room to lay it down.

    Here's how the skidplate compares to the stock one:

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    and it also covers the header pipes down low:

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    and the full monty:

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  2. Against the Wind

    Against the Wind I'm older now but still runnin'

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    Very nice GB, how much is the Touratech one and how much is this one? I was looking at the Touratech one, but I was feeling cheap... :evil
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  3. ketchup57

    ketchup57 Fundamentally Weird

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    It is about $240 for both parts from Touratech
    and Twin headlight Ernie is charging $155
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  4. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    Very nice!:thumb I wish it came out a year ago when I bought the TT set!:D
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  5. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Hey.. you win some, you lose some.. it's only money!!! :lol3
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  6. vuugti

    vuugti Pretty much...

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    I have Ernie's as well, very well made, nice fit and finish. Can't show you yet as I'm doing some lights and the bikes in pieces. Hopefully finish everything this evening and show some pics.

    Gadgetboy - if you need another fastener let me know. My front left one ended up a touch short. I have some extras....like 10.

    Cheers,
    Andy
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  7. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Vuugti,

    :thumb

    You have PM!
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  8. karmatourer

    karmatourer STD free

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    The top pic shows no holes on the sides and the 2nd pic does,what gives?Is it a different part?TIA
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  9. rick danger

    rick danger The further adventures of

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    Nice lookin' plate dude. I got the wunderlich one wich I like from santacruz bmw , but a bit pricey at $280
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  10. GB

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    There are side holes around both header pipes running along the sides of the engine block, down low, and there is one perforated cover around the front, where the cross pipe goes.

    In the top pic, the skid plate is resting on the vertical part. Have a look at the link to the vendor forum where there are pics of the skid plate installed and you'll see what I mean.
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  11. GB

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    p.s. for $120, what a bargain!! Thanks Ernie! :thumb
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  12. rick danger

    rick danger The further adventures of

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    One thing I liked about the way the wunderlich skid plate is designed is that the front piece can be bent in slightly if you have headers without a cross pipe so it doesn't look like something's missing. Certainly not a big deal . just sayin'
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  13. ketchup57

    ketchup57 Fundamentally Weird

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    GB - I posted this question in the vendor forum without thinking that this would be the better place...

    Do you think those button head allens could be replaced with cap head allens? My thought is that the cap heads may be less likely to hang up on things :dunno
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  14. GB

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    Cap heads are those flush mounted ones, right?. I don't think you can use those, the button head hardly stick out at all.
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  15. Pilbara

    Pilbara In the flow...

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    GB the flush with the surface are called countersunk or countersink heads. They have a 90 deg taper for the grip and you have to have a countersinking tool or sharpen a drill to 90 deg angle to drill the plate so they will sit in flush. Cap heads are the cylindrical heads that sick out and button heads are the ones like buttons; a dome shape and the least likely to 'catch' on anything.

    Cheers
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  16. ketchup57

    ketchup57 Fundamentally Weird

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    Let me see if I have this correct...

    >---- would be countersunk
    =---- would be cap, and
    (---- would be button

    and short of drilling the plate I could replace the =---- with (---- to reduce the chance of cathing anything - is that correct :dunno
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  17. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    as per your diagram above, the 4 fasteners that come with it are all button heads, which would be your third one on your list. I don't see the need to drill anything. The way it is now, should be fine. The profile of the (--- cap head is barely 2 to 3mm from flush.
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  18. ketchup57

    ketchup57 Fundamentally Weird

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    Perfect - the (--- is what I was wanting to use, the picture made me think that the front 2 were [--- which seem to me like they would catch on stuff.

    And you have been happy with the plate overall? added horsepower and fuel economy I am sure :wink:

    later
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  19. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    yes, it's a very well built plate, it looks very good and it's reasonbly priced. Ernie is a top notch builder and has great customer service. :thumb
    Air flow under the bike has been streamlined, sonic booms left in my wake sound even better now! :lol3
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  20. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    GB (or anyone else) could you tell me the sizes of the plate ?
    Width and Height. I guess it's at least 4 mm thick plate.
    cheers,
    /thierry
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