Stock Skid plate?


12 replies to this topic
  • redrocketship

Posted March 14, 2012 - 10:21 AM

#1

Should I keep running the stock skid plate? I thought it was going to be ok because it has decent protection, but when changing oil yesterday, when I took the skid plate off, there was like 2 pounds of mud and crap in the bottom. I really dont want to be riding around with extra mud and rocks if I dont have too. Anyone have ideas? This is on a 2011.

Edited by redrocketship, March 14, 2012 - 10:21 AM.


  • Stealth13

Posted March 14, 2012 - 10:23 AM

#2

Pressure wash it out if you ride in mud. 2 pounds you won't even notice

  • woods-rider

Posted March 14, 2012 - 10:29 AM

#3

Pressure wash it out if you ride in mud. 2 pounds you won't even notice


Especially that low.

You would definitely notice a hole in your engine from a rock hitting it and the motor seizing from lack of oil though.

Edited by woods-rider, March 14, 2012 - 10:29 AM.


  • redrocketship

Posted March 14, 2012 - 11:20 AM

#4

Would it be worth trying to put some foam or a sponge in the opening?

Edited by redrocketship, March 14, 2012 - 11:21 AM.


  • Stealth13

Posted March 14, 2012 - 11:42 AM

#5

If you must go in the sticky mud .. I try not to since its harder to clean. It's a dirtbike not a mud quad as I was told . If you do put something in there make sure it can have some heat without melting

  • dustdogg

Posted March 14, 2012 - 04:57 PM

#6

Especially that low.

You would definitely notice a hole in your engine from a rock hitting it and the motor seizing from lack of oil though.


I agree. A few xtra pounds of mud after each ride is better than pushing a busted bike. Just clean your bike as soon as you can after each ride and you will be good to go.

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  • woods-rider

Posted March 15, 2012 - 07:22 AM

#7

If you must go in the sticky mud .. I try not to since its harder to clean. It's a dirtbike not a mud quad as I was told . If you do put something in there make sure it can have some heat without melting


You try to not ride in the mud? You must live in a desert or something.

  • Stealth13

Posted March 15, 2012 - 07:40 AM

#8

I love the watery mud, but the clay mud is gross that we get sometimes. You ride into it and get stuck ... Calgary is far from a desert

  • travertt

Posted March 16, 2012 - 07:16 AM

#9

If you must go in the sticky mud .. I try not to since its harder to clean. It's a dirtbike not a mud quad as I was told . If you do put something in there make sure it can have some heat without melting



No mud!! You're missing half the fun...not to mention a whole different skill set. ...not always about fast...sometimes its just the challenge. But I must admit, mud is omnipresent where we ride, and there are days when it would be really nice to have a mud-free experience.

No, Calgary is certainly no desert..expect lots of great riding not to far away. Personally, I'd love to have the opportunity to get near those mountain foothills.

  • Stealth13

Posted March 16, 2012 - 07:31 AM

#10

No mud!! You're missing half the fun...not to mention a whole different skill set. ...not always about fast...sometimes its just the challenge. But I must admit, mud is omnipresent where we ride, and there are days when it would be really nice to have a mud-free experience.

No, Calgary is certainly no desert..expect lots of great riding not to far away. Personally, I'd love to have the opportunity to get near those mountain foothills.

I had to leave my bike in a swamp and sleep on a gravel road overnight with no food or anything... That's why I no longer like deep mud

  • mikewrf18

Posted March 17, 2012 - 06:21 AM

#11

If I didn't want to ride in mud, I'd never get to ride. Mud is just part of the riding experience in the PNW. Even mid summer I seem to run into a bit of mud and slop. Definately keep the skid plate on, or go with an aftermarket aluminum one. I like the fact that the stocker is so quick and easy to remove. It only takes a few extra minutes to remove it before a wash.

  • travertt

Posted March 17, 2012 - 08:20 AM

#12

I had to leave my bike in a swamp and sleep on a gravel road overnight with no food or anything... That's why I no longer like deep mud



Yikes!! That would certainly put me off the deep mud.

Must have been a little scary (large four legged animal type scary)...not to mention unconmfortable. Probably even scarier for your family and friends when you didn't come back.

After I few tense moments myself (badly stuck or having a lot of trouble starting) I now make it a rule that I never ride the tough and nasty stuff alone. If I'm going out on my own, I stick to the easy and and more frequently travelled trails. In the Ontario bush, the chances of your cell phone working are pretty close to zero.

  • Stealth13

Posted March 19, 2012 - 01:27 PM

#13

Yikes!! That would certainly put me off the deep mud.

Must have been a little scary (large four legged animal type scary)...not to mention unconmfortable. Probably even scarier for your family and friends when you didn't come back.

After I few tense moments myself (badly stuck or having a lot of trouble starting) I now make it a rule that I never ride the tough and nasty stuff alone. If I'm going out on my own, I stick to the easy and and more frequently travelled trails. In the Ontario bush, the chances of your cell phone working are pretty close to zero.

I was with a friend but it got dark and my bike was totally stuck. When we finally got it out the next morning there was a note on the truck saying if we didn't make it out by 6pm a helicopter was going to come.

This was at McLean creek Alberta

Speaking of cell phones I climbed to a hill top to get 1 bar of signal just to call and say I'm sleeping over tonight

Edited by Stealth13, March 19, 2012 - 01:28 PM.





 
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