Best Skid Plate for 2008 WR450F
Posted December 10, 2008 - 09:10 AM
Posted December 10, 2008 - 10:54 AM
Posted December 10, 2008 - 12:38 PM
IOW, the GYTR is adequate but the WP is the one I would choose if I had to do it again. No experience with the Flatland though.
Posted December 10, 2008 - 03:24 PM
Posted December 10, 2008 - 09:40 PM
I think it's just a different color... there black on the 08' right?
The crank case part number is unique to the 2008 WR450F, so something makes it different from the 2007 WR450F crank case cover.
Anyway, I have the GYTR on my 07' and while I have not had anything get broken.. (not for lack of trying) I think there are skid plates that offer wider coverage.. I know the GYTR does not do much to protect the water pump.
I've always liked the looks of these scorpions, see this post -
Posted December 11, 2008 - 02:19 PM
Posted December 11, 2008 - 02:42 PM
As for Flatland we dont have the skid plates listed in our store (just the rad guards) but feel free to call us if you would like to order one @ (866)674-6788
Posted December 11, 2008 - 02:56 PM
The E-Line skid plates are pricey but do a good job. Just make sure you line up the rearward hole correctly.
I just got one and it will not fit for the life of me. I really looks like they designed it to fit a YZ and not a WR (even thought it is advertized to fit fit the aluminum frame YZ450s and WR450s. How on earth did you get yours to fit? The plate seems like it will offer good coverage if it will fit.
Posted December 11, 2008 - 07:36 PM
Posted December 11, 2008 - 07:50 PM
Race bikes take a harder beating than a play/trail bike. Stuff you'd go around or be careful over get slammed in a race. I'd say your skid plate has done it's job will....those divets would be in your frame and cases without it. I put a guard over everything they make on for, and replace the chain guide with a plastic one from bpr (or tm design works) just in case.
I agree, but compared to skid plates I've had in the past, racing as well, it does tend to get deeper divets.
Still the best fitting and design I've seen for a WR though. I would buy another one, but I would like to see them just a hair thicker.
Posted December 11, 2008 - 08:24 PM
Posted December 11, 2008 - 10:19 PM
It's down to Flatland or the TT Store skid plate. The links to view these two skid plates do not have photos of the left side of the motor with the skid plate installed on the motorcycle. TT Store photo is of a Yamaha skid plate mounted on a 2006 WR450F, not the same frame or engine as is found on a 2008 WR450F. Flatland skid plate is made of 3/16 " material, with no mention of grade or heat treat of aluminum. TT Store skid plate is made of 5/32 - 1/4 '' material "depending on application" and no mention of grade or heat treat of aluminum. Knowledge is power. I only want to buy a skid plate for my motorcycle one time.