Best skid plate for '08 YZ450F?

I'm looking for one that protects well (I'll be riding in rocks occasionally), but is easy to get off for oil changes, etc. Any suggestions? Thanks!

I run a Devol, mostly because it's inexpensive, and I had to buy two of them. :bonk: The front and bottom coverage is good, but the engine case protection could be better. Good enough for stuff you run up against, but looks a little vulnerable to a fall over in the rocks.

I leave it on for oil changes. I use a 12mm swivel socket for the oil tank drain, and made an oil catch channel out of sheet metal to direct the draining oil off the back of the plate. Not too hard to remove, though.

I have had a moose racing one on my 426 for a year, and it has excellent side, bottom and front protection. Super thick aluminum, Including water pump, and stator. Plus it looks good too @ $98.99 with all hardware included. Also has drain hole on bottom that is lined up perfectly with drain plug, so you dont have to take it off every oil change.

Guys, thanks for quick responses!

I will choose one now. I'm leaning towards a more full-coverage one since we usually ride in Colorado at least every other year . . . lotta big rocks there.:-o

I shouldn't respond because I can't remember the name of the one I have on my 08 but I did have to do some trimming to give me access to the oil drains. Make sure you keep that in my when choosing one. Sorry I can't remember the brand name.

Grey did you just bend a V shape thing to get the oil down from the right side of the case drain? Great idea

I like the GYTR. The dealer had it on the shelf so what the heck. Just got the bike last week and put the plate on the same day. Fits perfectly with three bolts. So far so good.

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Get a full Light Speed Carbon Fiber skid plate!:bonk: and look like the pros...and pay for it like the pros too!::bonk:

Grey did you just bend a V shape thing to get the oil down from the right side of the case drain? Great idea

Yeah, kinda. It's a little more complicated than a simple V, and the one I have now is prototype II, and isn't perfect.

What I think I'm going to do is to bore a 1" hole in the bottom corner of the skid plate so that I can run a piece of thin tubing through it with the end cut to slip under the drain plug. I think that will work better.

The trouble with the drip tray currently is that oil tends to run over the inboard edge, behind the drain hole, because of the turn that it has to make right out of the drain.

Go with the MOOSE! It's as solid as the rocks you'll be bouncing off. I have one on my WR250 and I just take it off to change the oil, even though the holes line up for an easy oil change. I figure if I take it off I can unload the 5 pounds of trail crud I've harvested over the last few weeks since the last oil change.

Yeah, kinda. It's a little more complicated than a simple V, and the one I have now is prototype II, and isn't perfect.

What I think I'm going to do is to bore a 1" hole in the bottom corner of the skid plate so that I can run a piece of thin tubing through it with the end cut to slip under the drain plug. I think that will work better.

The trouble with the drip tray currently is that oil tends to run over the inboard edge, behind the drain hole, because of the turn that it has to make right out of the drain.

Way good info Grey! Thanks. If you could keep me updated with what you figure out that would be great. Currently I'm just letting it drain into the skidplate, drip out, and power washing the bike. Don't like that method but it's easier than removing the skid plate everytime and I need to wash the bike anyway.

Don't like that method but it's easier than removing the skid plate everytime and I need to wash the bike anyway.
The thing I dislike about that is that I very much prefer the bike to be clean while I work on it, so an oil change would mean an extra wash job.

I'll keep you up on what I do next, but it's down my list a ways right now.

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