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Old 10-30-2011, 11:34 AM   #1
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Skid Plates: yes or no

I have a Kawasaki KFX400 with only the factory plastic skid pieces on it. I do ride some rocky terrain, but I'm wondering if it's worth it to run A-arm, belly and swing arm skids. I know they will help limit damage, but they also create a lot of extra places to hold mud, dirt and snow. Short of removing them after each ride. So my question; are they worth the investment? I think I am going to be putting a belly skid on regardless. But a-arms and swing arm? Thoughts?
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:36 AM   #2
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swing arm and belly skid is a necessity if you ride in rocks. If you dont do a swingarm skid, you run the risk of deforming or breaking the plastic one, and getting stuck on a trail with a bent rotor or bent sprocket.
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:54 AM   #3
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Point taken on the bent rotor/sprocket. I just don't want to be 100 lbs heavier by the end of the ride from mud and snow stuck in all the skids.
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:17 PM   #4
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You won't end up that much heavier. Between the engine and belly skid, theres not that much room for stuff to collect between. Usually on the swingarm skid theres a cutout for stuff to drain away from around the shock linkage, and nearly nothing can hold around the rotor and chain/sprocket guard areas either.
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:29 PM   #5
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So when did you make the move? You used to be in OR. weren't you?
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So when did you make the move? You used to be in OR. weren't you?
yeah just moved in June. Lived in Oregon 19yrs.
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