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post #1 of 42 Old 04-13-2012, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Skid Plate?

Hello.... Just bought a 05 KLR...Want to add a durable skid plate and would welcome input and opinions on what to get.


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im going to try a big shovel. ill let you know how it turns out when i get around to it.

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Welcome to the Forum, Happy Trails has a good price on skid plate right now or check ebay.
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I also use the Happy Trails skid plate. I've never heard anything bad about any aftermarket skid plate, but believe some may be incompatible with other accessories you might wish to add such as highway pegs, engine guards, nerf bars, etc. depending on the manufacturer.



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Thanks, Just with the limited research I've have done the possibilities are endless with these bikes.....very excited and happy I chose this model!
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Like Planalp said, be careful that whatever you go with is compatable with crash bars ,etc. I like H.T. Stuff and having "crash tested" their Teton side cases I can tell you they make quality products! Best of luck and ENJOY!!

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Like Planalp said, be careful that whatever you go with is compatable with crash bars ,etc. I like H.T. Stuff and having "crash tested" their Teton side cases I can tell you they make quality products! Best of luck and ENJOY!!
Ditto on crash testing the Happy Trail Teton panniers and crash bars (both on and off road). The combination undoubtedly saved my left leg from certain peril on the road low side. Getting back to the original question, the HT skid plate that I have has deflected many large rocks and was very reasonably priced. One thing that I noticed after installing it was an increase in reflected engine noise. To remedy this, I sprayed the engine side of the skid plate with spray-on rubber coating. About 5 coats turned the "ping" into a "thunk" when struck with a hammer! Reflected engine noise is nearly nonexistent now. One other modification that I made was to take the skid plate off (did this when I replaced the doohickey) and using a 1" hole saw in a drill press, I cut a half moon sized piece from the shifter side of the skid plate to have better access to the doohickey adjusting bolt. Doing mods like this is fun and a great way to get to know the bike. Congrats on the new to you bike and ride safe.

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One other modification that I made was to take the skid plate off (did this when I replaced the doohickey) and using a 1" hole saw in a drill press, I cut a half moon sized piece from the shifter side of the skid plate to have better access to the doohickey adjusting bolt.
Excellent idea. So far I've kind of stuck my socket/extension in at an angle and got kind of a crooked "bite" on the bolt. I wasn't too worried about it and it works since there's not much torque on that bolt at all (I don't use a torque wrench, I just snug it down) but this is something I'm going to look into doing. Good thinking.



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