Stock Skid plate?

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

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

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

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

Edited by redrocketship

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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