The LC4 Skidplate Thread (and skidplates in general)

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by PackMule, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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  2. ChrisC

    ChrisC Amal sex?

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    Well, I guess it's the thought that counts (rat-bastard!), but the Flatlands plate is 50% thicker, so it was a nice upgrade for a bike operated in the Rockies. :D
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  3. dentvet

    dentvet Long timer

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    mp, how much $ to disenlanguish said plate?

    I have a Utah aluminum skidplate if anyone wants to trade (sans counterbalancer type) I need the "with counterbalancer" type.

    I also have a plastic ktm one languishing.

    I know I should have done a pm but I wanted to see if I could sneak "disenlanguish" under ChrisC 's radar.
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  4. ChrisC

    ChrisC Amal sex?

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    No worries here, I already have the Flatlands plate installed. But be careful with Herr FleischPop, he's a sneaky bastard. :eek1
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  5. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    So which is it?

    Rat Bastard
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    or Sneaky Bastard
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    OK, maybe a Complete Bastard... and if that's the case, let's see - the stocker goes for $125 (w/out hardware) new, so used should be $75 or so eh? :wink:
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  6. ChrisC

    ChrisC Amal sex?

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    I'll settle for completely sneaky rat bastard... :ksteve
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  7. laramie LC4

    laramie LC4 flying something...

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    got any photo's of the plate. looks like ive gotta a find a new one. was planning on a plastic composite from hyde racing but its been back ordered for over a month and he cant say when they will be back in stock. so, looks like it back to aluminum.

    thanks,

    laramie :beer
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  8. Low594

    Low594 Adventuring Creep

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    So far I like the used Touratech that I just put on ~600 miles ago... well I like it after I redesigned the mounting hardware so it could be installed and removed without removing the engine! Oh& after I drilled holes for the drain bolts!

    Other than those "little" things it was a bolt on install!
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  9. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    number 20 .. I have totally thrashed mine for 6 years
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    125.00 ish


    number 40 is the plastic style..
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    80 ish...
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  10. Low594

    Low594 Adventuring Creep

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    I also liked my stock aluminum one, served me well, but I got a good deal on the TT and it has a bit better coverage.
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  11. Grreatdog

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    OK let's bump this to the top. I knew I didn't want the KTM aluminum skidplate because it is too thin and those pretty cutouts in the side just make it even weaker. Ditto the thinner TT model. I destroyed the thin aluminum skidplates on two other bikes from smashing through rocks so those are pointless for me.

    The thicker TT model was what I needed but it doesn't cover enough unless I bolt on a tool kit and water tank. Granted the LC4 is no ballerina, but I still want less weight not more. So no go on that one. Being a cheap bastard I thought I would try the plastic skid plate since some people here seemed to think it worked OK.

    Well, I want to say it doesn't because I tore two holes in the thing in one Shenandoah 500. But I can't say it didn't work because nothing touched the engine and I only scuffed one frame rail. So it did the job. But at that rate I would need one every year. So I emailed Flatland Racing and asked if their skidplate would clear my oil filter.

    Within an hour they had called me, confirmed it would to fit and they were in stock. So I rattled off my credit card number. It got to me before the weekend. And folks this is one thick skid plate. And, praise Jesus, no stupid laser cutouts or holes in the thing. Sure it is kinda heavy, but this thing looks to be 100% rock stair proof.

    And it fit perfectly. My only complaint is the cheesy allen screws they ship. But I just reused the KTM screws. They coulda saved me a couple of bucks and kept the screws and mounts though. All in all, this one gets two thumbs way up. And at $85 it is $40 cheaper than the TT and KTM parts. This part is what you want for rocks.



    I like not having holes. It has to come off to change the filter anyway so I don't want rock and log grabbing holes:

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    I fear these allen screws would pull through the slots after some really hard hits. IMO they should ship the KTM 8mm flanged screws:

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    Plastic doesn't like rocks. This is after ONE 300 mile dual sport ride in the mountains. It ripped in two places. Maybe it is good for rockless riding but not for me:

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    And the results of Grreatwife's birthday present to me:

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    The real Grreatdog's replacement pup decided to "help" - he is also responsible for the carnage in the background:

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    A smarter guy would have cleaned the front of the engine while the skid plate was off. What can I say.
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  12. Low594

    Low594 Adventuring Creep

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    Looks good!
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  13. explodingmouse

    explodingmouse Been here awhile

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    Has anyone considered the aussie Rock Hard Rally gear Lc4 bashplate? The bees knees I hear but expensive!
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  14. trussell

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    gidday mouse,

    i have seen a few of Matts bashplates, Aussie Steve has one on his 640a,

    they look to be rock solid, and he will make to order, and no, i dont know matt.


    TR
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  15. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    I've got one, and had the luck (?) to field test it first ride with it on and I can vouch it works (otherwise I'd be missing my right foot.:eek1).
    I had to drill some holes in mine, my bike seems to run a bit hot and needs the air circulation around the cases off-road, but others have no such issue.
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  16. Low594

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    If your bike consistantly looses water through the overflow, I would be worried about the head bolts. Mine was blowing water out the overflow and I thought it was the head gasket up until I torqued the head back down after changing the gasket. 2 of the bolts pulled out before I got to the half way torque! A third was noticably on its way. The motor had more than 5000 and less than 10000 miles on it! Also, there had been no oil in the water and no water in the oil, but at idle with the radiator cap off, there were bubbles coming up through the radiator.
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  17. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    That Flatlands skid looks good. I have a CF one that i got on Ebay a few years ago, it has worked pretty well.
    Mine has seen a lot more street than dirt, but this is changing now that I have the Superduke to ride on the street.
    I've heard some rocks bounce off the CF plate pretty hard and they just leave a scratch.
    Mine only came with a little plastic thing that covered the spin on filter, so any skid plate was a vast improvement.
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  18. Grreatdog

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    What trashes mine is slamming down on rock ledges and hitting big boulders on the trail. The KTM plastic skid plate did fine fending off thrown rocks. But some rock stairs, a hard endo and smacking down on a boulder on a steep hill climb trashed it in just one ride.

    The plastic one would probably serve a woods rider that didn't have to deal with rocks just fine. The Flatlands part is pretty serious overkill if you aren't using the bike to break rocks. It isn't quite like a strapping a refrigerator to the bike. But it is close.

    So I will probably keep the plastic POS and use it for coastal SC riding. But the Flatlands will be on anytime I go to the mountains here.
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  19. gunnerbuck

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    Anyone try one of these out? I picked one up,but can find very little info on it, must be one of the last ones out there... When it shows up I will drill it to use the stock block mounts rather than those clamps...
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  20. ramjet

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    There are plastics that are extremely strong and durable and I'd take a bash plate of such contruction rather than have the weight, permanent deformation and Frickin' noise of the alu ones. Why don't the suppliers, OEM or aftermarket get this? How many units would it take to get a manufacturer to commit to production?
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