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Skid Plates: yes or no

Discussion in 'All Terrain Vehicles' started by CorrosiveTendency, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Oct 30, 2011 at 11:34 AM
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    CorrosiveTendency

    CorrosiveTendency [OP] When up to your nose in shit, keep your mouth shut

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    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?
     
  2. Oct 30, 2011 at 11:36 AM
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    RelentlessFab

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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.
     
  3. Oct 30, 2011 at 11:54 AM
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    CorrosiveTendency

    CorrosiveTendency [OP] When up to your nose in shit, keep your mouth shut

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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.
     
  4. Oct 30, 2011 at 1:17 PM
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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.
     
  5. Oct 30, 2011 at 3:29 PM
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    CorrosiveTendency

    CorrosiveTendency [OP] When up to your nose in shit, keep your mouth shut

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    So when did you make the move? You used to be in OR. weren't you?
     
  6. Oct 30, 2011 at 7:18 PM
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    RelentlessFab

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    yeah just moved in June. Lived in Oregon 19yrs.
     

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