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Best engine crash bars and skid plate !?!

OK, so I've done some research but it seems like there a LOT of options for crash bars and skid plates. Can people chime into what seems to be the best for the buck, or just best period. It's hard to look a website pictures and come a conclusion on these items.

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Bearing in mind that I do very little riding that isn't on pavement...I wanted to get the bars just in case. Had only ridden street bikes before...I'm trying to change that. I like them, but I have the stock skid plate cause that's way more than I need. They don't vibrate much which is something I was worried about. I think they look the best which is an admittedly ridiculous reason to buy something for your KLR, but hey. And they weren't super expensive. For what its worth.




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Bearing in mind that I do very little riding that isn't on pavement...I wanted to get the bars just in case. Had only ridden street bikes before...I'm trying to change that. I like them, but I have the stock skid plate cause that's way more than I need. They don't vibrate much which is something I was worried about. I think they look the best which is an admittedly ridiculous reason to buy something for your KLR, but hey. And they weren't super expensive. For what its worth.
I didn't care for the design of any of them, so picked up a cheapo on Ebay to modify. The hole for the drain plug looks like a weakness in the most vulnerable spot, I'm adding a center piece wide enough to be supported by the frame rails, which starts in the front and extends back far enough to cover the hole, basically doubling up the center section.

I'll have to remove it to dump the oil out, but at least that shouldn't happen out in the woods.
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Bearing in mind that I do very little riding that isn't on pavement...I wanted to get the bars just in case. Had only ridden street bikes before...I'm trying to change that. I like them, but I have the stock skid plate cause that's way more than I need. They don't vibrate much which is something I was worried about. I think they look the best which is an admittedly ridiculous reason to buy something for your KLR, but hey. And they weren't super expensive. For what its worth.
So what brand did you get ?

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Duh. And I proofread so carefully, too.

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Thanks, I had looked at those. So I'm off to the "Otter zone" to pick up a Fram CH6070 with the ever-so-nice-to-have O-rings and while I'm there I'm going to look for some sprayon bed liner for the scratched up side covers. Still need to figure out something to cover the side of the Odessey battery but am glad previous owner bought it! Hopefully it'll be warmer here tomorrow in Colorado and I can take her for a spin with new oil and not fall down ;-) I plan on riding the KLR on a lot of dirt trails up in Gold country so I better get some crash guards or I'll be painting the tank and fairing with bedliner too ;-)

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Thanks, I had looked at those. So I'm off to the "Otter zone" to pick up a Fram CH6070 with the ever-so-nice-to-have O-rings and while I'm there I'm going to look for some sprayon bed liner for the scratched up side covers. Still need to figure out something to cover the side of the Odessey battery but am glad previous owner bought it! Hopefully it'll be warmer here tomorrow in Colorado and I can take her for a spin with new oil and not fall down ;-) I plan on riding the KLR on a lot of dirt trails up in Gold country so I better get some crash guards or I'll be painting the tank and fairing with bedliner too ;-)

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John we rode down to Canon City for lunch yesterday, much warmer down there. Although they obviously had snow recently, we were planning a run up to Cripple Creek but too much snow for OEM tires. We ended coming back the way we came. Tomorrow looks great for riding.. I picked up the Happy Trails nerf bars and skid plate, havent tested them yet but they seem to be good quality.

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