needs a skid plate...You do!
only track ride and so there's no reason for a skid
plate right? Yeah right. Have you ever looked at the
rails and case of a year old track-only bike? It's
not a pretty sight. Let's face it, every track has
its share of rocks that will find you and jumps that
you will eventually case. Not to mention the occasional
task of running over a bike or two in the first turn
of a race. Oh, sure like that never happens.
two most expensive parts to replace on your bike are
the frame (~$1200) and crankcases (~$400). A $69.95
insurance policy from Work Connection, in the form
of their skid plate, will help prevent this expensive
damage, not to mention a very sad day at the track.
Works Connection http://www.worksconnection.com
17.5 oz. including mounting hardware.
Included: Everything required for a
Required: 8mm socket for front clamp
bolts; 10mm socket for engine guards; philips
drive for rear clamp bolts.
already back to the skid plate itself. The first thing
you'll notice is the typical Works Connection quality
and craftsmanship. The finish of the aluminum plate
is excellent. The clamping brackets are also aluminum
and are squared off to match the square tubing of
the frame. The bolts and screws are stainless to prevent
corrosion. All the necessary mounting hardware is
included as are detailed instructions.
protection of frame rails and bottom of crankcases
holes in front reduce weight and increase
air flow around engine
design, quality of materials and workmanship
foam insert to prevent mud from collecting
and easy installation
serious off-road protection the optional engine
guards would be necessary.
want to modify the stock right engine guard.
See installation notes.
only way installation could have been easier is if
someone installed it for me. Seriously, it was that
easy. I know we've all wrestled with skid plates in
the past but you won't with this one ...especially
if you follow these tips:
The left rear clamping bracket is different from
the other three. Make sure you remember that when
the stock plastic engine guards.
a dab of Loc-Tite #242 on the two rear screws and
two front bolts.
the two rear clamps in place. Notice the holes in
the skid plate to get a general idea of where they
need to be placed
a phillips screwdriver BIT hold the skid plate in
position and thread on one of rear screws. The bit
is short which gets you closer to the screw giving
you more control. Plus, it's thin allowing you to
easily spin it with your finger tips. Don't tighten
this screw just yet Mr. Over-Achiever!
the first bolt is started, work on the second rear
screw using the same method. Keeping both rear screws
somewhat loose will ease installation of the front
the front brackets on the rail.
each bracket up the rail to its proper position
and install the bolt using an 8mm socket (without
do a finally alignment of the skid plate to the
rails and tighten the screws and bolts.
the stock engine guards. You may want to trim the
stock right front engine guard as the clamping bracket
interferes with it somewhat. I didn't think this
was necessary but you might (see photo at right).
The Works Connection engine guards are designed
to fit perfectly with or without the skid plate.
it...now get out there and case some of those jumps,
get rock-roosted, or search for some searious trail
trash...and do it with a smile...Works Connection
has you covered, literally!
Only Staff Review November 2004
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