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I make Skid plates for The Suzuki V-strom 650
I sell the Skid Plate (mild steel) for $180 with hardware
I sell the Skid plate (stainless) for $240 with hardware (special order only)
I sell the skid plate (aluminum) for $240 with hardware (special order only)
I sell the mounting bracket for $40
Total $180 for steel (our most popular)Shipping
, I ship USPS and UPS. You choose.
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
New Zealand $120
UPS prices vary.International shipping is USPS only.Custom Orders
take up to a month. that includes stainless, aluminum, and custom colors like silver. (black is the standard)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. You can jack your bike up off the ground with a floor jack using the skid plate. Other customers have done that. But remember, it's only as strong as your crash bars. The rear is very strong.
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.
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.
So I got to work on this design. And here are a few pics of it on my bike.
Of course it took a few tries and a few designs to perfect it. But I was Happy with the final product. The difference between the bottom of my skid plate and it's competitors.
Our skid plate design:
The competition's skid plate. To many openings and not enough protection. In my opinion.
The competition is the silver one. The black one was my first design. It has changed some.
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.
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.
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.
Now I ask that when you order, you specify the type of bolts you want under the skid plate.
Hex? or pan head?The installVery important, You must lube the stainless bolts on the bottom. I use mild lock tight. you can also use anti seize, or oil. You are bolting a stainless bolt into a stainless lock nut. Both are stainless. If you use excessive force, they will seize. If you use a impact they will seize. As long as you use lube, they will not seize. If you choose to not use some kind of lube, and they seize up, I will not be liable. So please use a lube. the other fasteners don't matter. But the two bolts on the bottom matter. I go the extra mile to tig weld two stainless nylock nuts. To prevent seizing from rusting. So use lube. Please.
First you need to get your bike off of your kick stand. Use a duel kick stand if you have one. If you don't have a duel kick stand, then you will have to find a way to hold the bike up. You can use tie downs. The first bike I worked on I had to tie it to my garage ceiling trusses. What ever will stop your bike from falling over. Because you have to remove the side kick stand. Temporarily.
You will have to remove the bolt that holds your exhaust and the two bolts that hold your kick stand.
Then you need to install the bracket.
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. And it dampened the the vibration. I have HWY pegs attached to my skid plate.
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.
Then I raise the rear up to the bracket and install the two bolts. Please put some kind of lube on these bolts. Once everything is screwed in, Tighten all the nuts and bolts. And you are done. PS hand tighten these with a ratchet. Don't over tighten them they will seize. The two nuts on the bracket are stainless Lock nuts. I do add mild lock tight on all my bolts.
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 skid plate weights at 11 lbs.
The bracket weights at 2 lbs.
The bottom bolts are 3/8" bolts.
The front U-bolts are 1/4" 1/2" pipe
The two Kick stand bolts are M12 x 1.25 X 35
The exhaust bolt is M8 x 1.25 x 50I take Paypal, money orders, and checks. I will do checks, but I will wait for them to clear. (I don't like checks) but will accept them.
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-mails. Yann D.[B]Yann_dex@msn.com[/B](541)912-1205
97404Please 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 650