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post #1 of 7 Old 06-27-2011, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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Skidplate/drainplug protection

http://www.dual-star.com/index2/Bran...id%20plate.htm

Does anyone have this plate on their Gen2 bike, the description only goes up to '07' but can't imagine things down there have changed much. Also, how well is the drain plug protected, it says 'easy drain plug access' but how easy is it? I had a scare this weekend coming down on a boulder and want alot of drainplug protection.
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-27-2011, 09:05 AM
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This is a real problem with the klr off road.The klr600 has the drain plug on the side of the cases not under it.When i split the cases i am going to look at how hard it would be to shift the drain plug.If i was you i wouldn't worry about drain plug access,and go with what keeps your cases safe off road.
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I don't have this particular plate, but it looks identical to the one I got from HT. It seems, without a side-by-side comparison, that most of these plates are pretty much the same. I may be wrong.

The one I have has a pretty large access hole for the drain plug. In my opinion, it's way too big. The drain plug winds up not being much higher than the bottom of the plate and if I rode where there were a lot of rocks, I wouldn't be too confident in the protection it offers the drain plug because it seems like a pointed rock could easily reach the drain plug if it happened to get up through that access hole.

I've found that whenever I change my oil, I wind up removing the skid plate, anyway. It takes all of 3-4 minutes to do so. It seems like no matter how I orient the bike, when the flow of oil from the drain plug decreases, it seems to "cling" to the bottom of the case and run across it and then drip down into the plate. So, I always had to try to cram rags or something between the plate and the bottom of the engine case to try to get all the dirty oil out of there. There's not much clearance and it's hard to do.

I really have no need for rock protection so don't know why I put on the metal skidplate anyway: just never liked the looks of that cheesy, worthless plastic plate.

It seems to me the manufacturers would be better off just dispensing with the large drain plug access hole altogether, but there may be reasons for it that others appreciate.

If I rode in more treacherous terrain, I'd probably just weld a cover over the access hole and do away with it altogether.



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I do have the DS Skid Plate and can second everything panalp said about draining the oil. No matter how I try I can't get it from dripping onto the plate.



You can get a low profile drain plug. I'm not sure if I'm using the low profile one right now or not. I don't think it is.

Here is a pic of mine on the bike with a view of the bottom. The plate was not centered in this pic or maybe it even moved a little after I mounted it.

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I do have the DS Skid Plate and can second everything panalp said about draining the oil. No matter how I try I can't get it from dripping onto the plate.

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You can get a low profile drain plug. I'm not sure if I'm using the low profile one right now or not. I don't think it is.

For sure get/make a low profile drain plug. The OEM hangs below the skid plate. I ground down the stock one enough to clear but still get a socket on it. They're aftermarket ones with a magnets to collect doo bits!

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I've put on an aftermarked magnetic plug that sits out even further then stock. I would rather see an Allen head style plug that doesn't portrude at all but thats me.
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I've put on an aftermarked magnetic plug that sits out even further then stock. I would rather see an Allen head style plug that doesn't portrude at all but thats me.
Now you're talkin'.



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