Skid plate gap fix on 07-11?

Anyone come up with a slick rick karate kick solution for the huge gap b/t skid plate and frame/engine?

Pics?

Any type of foam that won't disintergrate after 2 rides?

Google search skid plate foam. Lots of places sell it, even try eBay.

Does that stuff hold up? I've seen it, just was wondering if it holds up or we might have found a better material from a hardware store or something.

I don't understand. pics??? what gap? I don't have a gap...

Edited by n16ht5

This gap is about 15mm wide. I haven't had it in the mud yet, since it's only rained 3 times since July, but I've heard it's a mud catcher.

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Skid plate foam holds up fine as its what its designed for, but will eventually break down and need replacement after a few seasons.

Anything hardware store wouldn't be able to handle the engine heat and repeated washings. The actual stuff is cheap and works, no reason to go elsewhere in my book.

I guess I was thinking of a different material all together. Like a soft rubber or maybe something like the TM Designs material they use for the chain sliders/buffers.

I just see the foam still letting a lot of crap get in there (sand) and having to remove the skid plate all the time to clean it out. I would prefer to block it off entirely.

Is air flow in this area a critical thing?

I will try to come up with something. Looks like I could rivet a piece of rubber/plastic to the top area of the skid plate pretty easily and it would look clean.

I'm brainstorming and coming up with a 1/2" dia black hose about 6" long or the width b/t the two frame rails, riveted through the front of the top of the skid plate into the hose, following the contour of the top of the skid plate. You would only see the top of the hose, and since the skid plate is black, it should blend in pretty good. This way I still get plenty air flow and I can spray water in there to flush out the crap during cleaning.

Questions, comments, criticisms????

Edited by Bandit9

Oh that gap..

I shoved a spare inner tube in there

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This a better shot.

Found some leftover pipe foam insulation wrap I'm gonna play with before I go to Autozone.

Yeah, thick inner tube material could be used too, I have a few of those laying around and will play with that too.

Looks like I can just zip tie it to the frame rails instead of rivets.

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Edited by Bandit9

Ok, I figured out a fix. I was over thinking it a bit. Since my particular skid plate is the tough plastic type, it was flexible enough for me to just drill two small holes and Zip tie it to the frame. Cheap and easy, just how I like it!

For those of you with aluminum plates, I bought a few sizes of hose and was able to wedge one of them across the top and down the sides pretty good that sealed off the gap completely. Could simply drill a few holes in the plate and use rivets or Zip ties to secure the hose to the plate. This looked pretty good in my mock up, before I realized I could just bend my plastic skid plate to seal off the gap.

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wierd. I don't have a gap there..

I wouldn't trust a plastic skid plate at all.. I have smashed mine into rocks so many times.. There are loads of gashes into the aluminum to show that if it wasn't there or was plastic I would have big gaping holes in my side covers or crankcase!

this is when everything looked new and shiny last spring

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Edited by n16ht5

Wow, that is the only skid plate I've seen made like that for the 07-11 WR. What kind is it?

I felt the same about the poly/plastic stuff, and my aluminum plates have been pretty gouged up too, but from gliding over stuff and not direct impacts. I have never had a direct impact to that area before. I ride rocks a few times a year these days, so figured I would go with the poly. Had a Hyde one on my YZ250 and it was fine.

Of course, if I lived back in WA again, I would running metal. I lived in Olympia in 96-98. Loved it. Didn't want to leave, but wife missed her family so we came back home to South La.

wierd. I don't have a gap there..

I wouldn't trust a plastic skid plate at all.. I have smashed mine into rocks so many times.. There are loads of gashes into the aluminum to show that if it wasn't there or was plastic I would have big gaping holes in my side covers or crankcase!

this is when everything looked new and shiny last spring

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You seem to be missing a rear brake :confused:

You seem to be missing a rear brake :confused:

LHRB :)

skid is a ricochet

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