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post #11 of 14 Old 07-19-2019, 02:42 AM
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I was thinking about cutting off those sticking out "ears" since they're pretty flimsy and aren't doing anything anymore. But then I had a look around and found a plate of galvanised steel about a foot wide. It fits perfectly in the gap above the AT bash plate and provides some protection for the vulnerable coolant pump. Once trimmed to size it only took the drilling of two small holes to mount it. If nothing else it prevents further peppering of the front downtube and engine cases with sh*t thrown off the front wheel.

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post #12 of 14 Old 08-27-2019, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Just to update, I decided several weeks ago on the Enduro Engineering plate. My goal was more protection than stock while keeping weight and cost down and not being too hideous. I don’t frequent horribly rocky areas and when I do I’m extra cautious more in fear of breaking me than the bike. This EE plate bolts straight on a 2nd gen with no extra hardware, comes with 4 new bolts to replace the stock ones and noise insulating adhesive padding to stick to the frame. There is a large hole for the oil drain and it is already set up to accommodate their optional shock linkage skid plate that I did not buy.

Installation was as simple as unbolting the old and bolting on the new. It weighed in at a scale verified about 3 pounds heavier than the stock composite guard. Initially I did not install the padded foam and it made a tinny rattley vibration kind of noise that I hated within the first mile. I immediately went back, cleaned the frame and stuck on the padding. Noise cured and it’s virtually silent except for the hollow whack sound of substantial rocks that get thrown up from the front tire occasionally when off road. It’s unnerving to hear at first but comforting once you consider it would have been hitting plastic before. Fortunately I haven’t cased any big rocks or fallen over so I can’t comment to that.

Price wise it was a few dollars cheaper and a couple pounds lighter than a Riccohet from Rocky Mountain ATV. It appears the Riccochet wraps around more and theoretically may offer more protection. That’s up to you to decide. Aesthetics wise the EE plate is about as nice looking as a skid plate can be. Work of art welds that I could only dream of replicating and a very nice ball burnished almost polished finish. I actually wanted a dark anodized and almost went with the Riccochet for that reason but once it was on I’m happy with the appearance. Thanks for your input and advise. If I ended up buying something different it was only because my priorities were different.
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post #13 of 14 Old 08-27-2019, 12:07 PM
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EE makes good stuff too.

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post #14 of 14 Old 08-28-2019, 03:14 PM
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