Homemade Skid Plate - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions For repair, maintaining or modifying discussions related to the newly updated 2008 and beyond, Generation 2 KLR650 Motorcycle.

 2Likes
  • 2 Post By terry_g
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 Old 04-01-2020, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
Neutral
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 1
Homemade Skid Plate

Looking to make a DIY skid plate for my 2013 KLR 650, anyone done this already and have some drawings/dimensions I could look at to make things easier?
leath17 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 Old 04-01-2020, 05:38 PM
5th Gear
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Kelowna, B.C.
Posts: 2,854
can't help with dimensions though this topic comes up every once in awhile. People have even used aluminum shovel blades.....I'd recommend aluminum; a couple guys have made them from steel but they were reeealllllllly heavy. The good ones (JNS and Ricochet) are made from 3/16" thick alloy. For reference; the Ricochet is $125.00 and Happy Trails makes one for $94.95.

Let us know how you make out.


Dave
DPelletier is online now  
post #3 of 5 Old 04-02-2020, 08:34 AM
2nd Gear
 
terry_g's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Canada's Nortwest
Posts: 181
I was considering making one for my 2017. I have the material and access to the equipment to make one.
I bought a Ricochet skid plate because I couldn't make one for less that what I could buy one for.
DPelletier and Merritt64 like this.
terry_g is online now  
 
post #4 of 5 Old 04-02-2020, 09:57 AM
5th Gear
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Kelowna, B.C.
Posts: 2,854
Quote:
Originally Posted by terry_g View Post
I was considering making one for my 2017. I have the material and access to the equipment to make one.
I bought a Ricochet skid plate because I couldn't make one for less that what I could buy one for.
Yeah, sorta where I was going with my comment. I hate to pee on anyone's cornflakes but I own a metal fab shop and I figure it would cost me 2-3X more to make one than buy one. Now if a guy has nothing but time and has the skills and equipment and wants to make one just 'cause, then that's fine.

Dave
DPelletier is online now  
post #5 of 5 Old 04-02-2020, 11:33 AM
2nd Gear
 
KLRCraig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Mesa, AZ, USA
Posts: 226
Quote:
Originally Posted by DPelletier View Post
Yeah, sorta where I was going with my comment. I hate to pee on anyone's cornflakes but I own a metal fab shop and I figure it would cost me 2-3X more to make one than buy one. Now if a guy has nothing but time and has the skills and equipment and wants to make one just 'cause, then that's fine.
Dave
I sure have found this to be true of late... and not so much that I'm worth $25/Hour, or $50, or whatever.

For me, it's more related to the simple amount of time, the risk(s), the learning curve (even if I am a MetalMasterCrafter) and sometimes EVEN THE RESULT (I even sometimes end up just buying the F'ing part later on, after wasting my time for a while!!!). I've made some CustomMickeyMouse stuff that's likely even to pass Tom Schmidt's Engineer review and the PRIIIIIIDE... OH MY! When you're Buddy says, "Hey, what's that; it's trick dude!" pfffft; I coulda cut my thumb off making my crash plate and I wouldn't-a cared THEN!!!

But, the simple cheap cost and the usually better craftsmanship I get (including fit/fitment these days... not-so-much way back when) makes it hard for me to craft much anymore. THHHEEEEN I can CUSTOMIZE my Part (yes, paint is customizing) and Make It My Own!

Simple cost of a steel plate if you have the tools and wherewithal does make ALOTTA sense to me though... on my Gen. 1 I was on a SUPER-TIGHT budget and having to do A LOT to her to get her up to speed (she needed/deserved it). I crafted all sortsa schtuff that I don't think'd piss off the next Owner when s/he finds them. They may smile/chuckle, but they won't be disappointed!

'03 KLR,
'09 KLR,
'03 Triumph 955i...
'toppa the world MA!
KLRCraig is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome