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post #1 of 11 Old 11-08-2016, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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JNS KLR650 Skid plate ?

I have a question for those of you which are running a JNS skid plate on any year of KLR650.

Do the bottom rear, recessed mounting bolts space the skid plate down and away from the frame rails?

This is the best link to pics I can find,
http://www.jnsengineering.com/produc...50-skid-plate/ 8th or 9th pic in the series.

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-08-2016, 06:41 PM
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Yeah. There are rubber grommets that go in between the plate and the mounting nut.
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Yeah. There are rubber grommets that go in between the plate and the mounting nut.
Glad you were the 1st responder, B2K!
So did you loose the rubber grommet when you lost your bolt?

I almost posted this over there. Decided a New thread would be better.

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How much gap is between the frame rails and the plate?

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post #5 of 11 Old 11-08-2016, 07:11 PM
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Nope! I was relieved to see the rubber grommets seem to stay in place if you only loose one bolt. I should have used lock tight the first time. I recently used a jack on the skidplate to replace the front tire, and I think that may have loosened up that bolt. I'll get back on the frame measurement, give me a sec.
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Okay it seems the closest the frame comes to the side of the skidplate is 1/2" on the rear most point. And its about 1/2" from the bottoms of the frame rails as well.
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Being were on the topic of the skidplate, I will add a note on installation. I had to mount the bottom two bolts first, contrary to the directions. Then the metal wings in the front of our engine will be about 1/4" off of the mounting points on the front. You will need to put the bolt through the skidplate and then gently move the wing forward with your hand untill it grabs the bolt. It mates perfectly once pushed forward. It threw me for a loop upon installation though as the directions said to mount the front first, making it almost impossible to line up by yourself. I contacted JNS in regards to this, and its a common thing, and they assured me the wings wouldn't break upon fitment, which they didn't. The other option is to use their heavy duty mounting brackets, but removing the SW Motech crash guards wasn't happening.
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Nope!------------- I recently used a jack on the skidplate to replace the front tire, and I think that may have loosened up that bolt.
Yeah, That is kind of what I expected would happen if the JNS plate actually took a hit from a rock!
Those whimpy little 6mm mounting tabs have 'zero' strength. Just like my 1989 Lockhart/Phillips skid plate used!

It would help immensely if one were to cut some 'donut-holes' from an old tire to compress between the frame rails and the skid plate.
As nice as the JNS skidplate looks, I thought the under engine mounting looked kind of whimpy!

If JNS and others would supply some rubber bumpers for the frame rails, we would all be better protected.

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I wish I knew how to show you the pic which Normk recently posted on facebook, damage allowed by TOO short of skidplate.
Bike slide backwards into rock. That rock had to be 2 inches taller than the skidplate!

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If JNS and others would supply some rubber bumpers for the frame rails, we would all be better protected.
True. The rubber spacer is really beefy, but again, only goes under the tab. As for the skidplate, its almost overkill. It's literally 1/4" thick. We don't have rocks in Florida, but If that was a concern, I gotta imagine their heavy duty front brackets would definitely help. I guess one could just cut an old tire and wedge it in between before mounting.
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