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Offline chuddly

Full aluminum skid plate
« on: July 11, 2016, 06:53:08 AM »
I never was happy with the skid plate that came on my Z Force 800ex.  IMO there is no room in off roading for a plastic skid plate.  I know some people swear by HDPE plastic and it is ok but i worry about it in the cold (getting brittle) and also on direct impacts.  So in an effort to bullet proof the Z Force I went with 1/8" aluminum and made a under belly skid plate to protect my running gear.  There is an access panel that is not mounted in the pictures below but it has since been mounted up.  Also I plan on cutting some holes in it to let water drain and also bolting from the side of the frame rails and removing all the underside bolts.  That gives you a perfectly smooth belly pan to slide on.  The skid plate is bent up around the frame rails everywhere it could be to give it a good sliding motion when you get to rocks/ logs.  I have done these before and you can fully jump a machine and land it on a rock on the skid plate and you will be just fine. it also strengthens the under side because it ties all of it together under there and you would have to bend the WHOLE frame to bend even one bracket.
I can imagine a world completely at peace.  A world where there are no weapons, no war, and no violence at all.  And I can imagine us taking over that world because they would never expect it.

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Offline Jogon30

Re: Full aluminum skid plate
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2016, 01:57:45 PM »
Nice how much more weight you think you added? And I see you might have enough to to do 2 of them jk lol

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Offline chuddly

Re: Full aluminum skid plate
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2016, 02:08:01 PM »
Its not that much extra weight.  The whole sheet maybe weighs 20lbs or so so i would say that the skid plate alone added 5-8lbs over the plastic one at most.  The plastic one weighs a bit also.  The rest of that sheet will be to make A arm guards and covers for the front and rear diffs.  Trust me it will all get used LOL.  I have never seen anyone blow through a sheet of 1/8" aluminum with a SxS landing on rocks and everything else.  I want to protect all my running gear/brake lines/coolant lines.  Those are the things that get you out of the woods when your 30 miles from the nearest town and walking is not a good option.
I can imagine a world completely at peace.  A world where there are no weapons, no war, and no violence at all.  And I can imagine us taking over that world because they would never expect it.

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Offline WalkinTarget

Re: Full aluminum skid plate
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2016, 02:23:17 PM »
I really love watching you guys modify and upgrade something. I really do marvel at the mechanical know-how, as I just never did inherit any of that from my Dad, who was a mechanic for over 30+ years. He knew early on his son was not following in his footsteps, but I did find my niche with computers. 
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Offline chuddly

Re: Full aluminum skid plate
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2016, 02:36:53 PM »
Welcome to the club....Fellow computer guy here.  Lead Analyst for Storage and Virtualization at a major university in Indiana....You could probably guess which one LOL.

I have just never been afraid to mess something up.  Its only metal and I can always fix it LOL.
I can imagine a world completely at peace.  A world where there are no weapons, no war, and no violence at all.  And I can imagine us taking over that world because they would never expect it.

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Offline Chrisg73

Re: Full aluminum skid plate
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2016, 05:12:04 PM »
Its not that much extra weight.  The whole sheet maybe weighs 20lbs or so so i would say that the skid plate alone added 5-8lbs over the plastic one at most.  The plastic one weighs a bit also.  The rest of that sheet will be to make A arm guards and covers for the front and rear diffs.  Trust me it will all get used LOL.  I have never seen anyone blow through a sheet of 1/8" aluminum with a SxS landing on rocks and everything else.  I want to protect all my running gear/brake lines/coolant lines.  Those are the things that get you out of the woods when your 30 miles from the nearest town and walking is not a good option.

Looks great!!!!!!!! Just had my purchasing guy quote a 4"X8" sheet of 1/8" aluminum for me today and listed at 58lbs for the hole sheet. Just wondering what the sheet cost in your area. $119.71 from the supplier we use here in PA.
2015 Uforce 800
2 piece windshield
Factory roof
42" Led Light Bar
1-1/2" wheel spacers
Uni Filter
Home built aluminum full doors
More goodies to come!!!!!!

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Offline chuddly

Re: Full aluminum skid plate
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2016, 08:11:42 AM »
It was $260 here in central Indiana....I was pretty shocked by the prices to be honest.  But its cheaper than replacing parts for sure! 58lbs??? really?  I must be stronger than i thought LOL
I can imagine a world completely at peace.  A world where there are no weapons, no war, and no violence at all.  And I can imagine us taking over that world because they would never expect it.

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Offline gfmoto

Re: Full aluminum skid plate
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2016, 08:23:09 AM »
Friend of mine said he can make one on his plasma cutter for about $170. 
Maybe giving him a call.  If he can bust those out would be worth it.
2015 ZForce 800EX
32" light bar
2-4" spots
Custom Cv guards
DIY 1/2 windshield
UNI air filter
DIY rear window
BOSS ATV 28. 450W speakers
Alpena Rock Lights (tough pods)
2" RZR Bracket lift
Roof extensions
27" Maxxis Corranado Tires
Alpena RGB rock lights
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Offline chuddly

Re: Full aluminum skid plate
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2016, 10:08:50 AM »
Heck yeah for that price you should get all of them made that you can LOL.
I can imagine a world completely at peace.  A world where there are no weapons, no war, and no violence at all.  And I can imagine us taking over that world because they would never expect it.

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Offline Chrisg73

Re: Full aluminum skid plate
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2016, 09:14:01 PM »
It was $260 here in central Indiana....I was pretty shocked by the prices to be honest.  But its cheaper than replacing parts for sure! 58lbs??? really?  I must be stronger than i thought LOL

Had .125 and .190 sheets quoted. Getting .125 delivered to the plant tomorrow and I will drag it over to the shear and cut it up to size. One of the perks of being the Maintenance Manager of a plant with a full machine, sheetmetal and welding shop right outside my office door. I scrapped my first full door design and have the new templates made and fitted for the new full door design for my Uforce. Will just need to source some aluminum full surface mount machine hinges. Glass reinforced hinges are all I can find at the local MRO suppliers
2015 Uforce 800
2 piece windshield
Factory roof
42" Led Light Bar
1-1/2" wheel spacers
Uni Filter
Home built aluminum full doors
More goodies to come!!!!!!

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Offline gfmoto

Re: Full aluminum skid plate
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2016, 09:16:25 PM »
I'll check back with him. And let you know the price.  See if anyone else would be interested.
2015 ZForce 800EX
32" light bar
2-4" spots
Custom Cv guards
DIY 1/2 windshield
UNI air filter
DIY rear window
BOSS ATV 28. 450W speakers
Alpena Rock Lights (tough pods)
2" RZR Bracket lift
Roof extensions
27" Maxxis Corranado Tires
Alpena RGB rock lights
SuperATV Rocksliders
1/2 Doors w/custom paint and graphics

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Offline RIVAL-USA

Re: Full aluminum skid plate
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2016, 08:57:07 AM »
I always respect when people can do things with there own hands! But in reality we are not all that handy ))))).
So if you are like me  :), feel free to stop by our website, we offer Skid Plates Made of 100 percent aircraft-grade aluminum, the ATV Armor Set is extremely light and sturdy, and it's also very affordable.
I am running a special now, 10% off All CF Moto products (that includes skid plates, bumpers, side protection and A-Arm guards/CV Boot protections)
www.rival-usa.com
http://www.mcssl.com/store/autoproductgroupinc/skid-plates/cfmoto
Protect Your ATV From Everything Nature Can Throw At with RIVAL-USA Skid Plates!
Made of 100 percent aircraft-grade aluminum, the ATV Armor Set is extremely light and sturdy, and it's also very affordable. This piece of ATV equipment provides you with complete undercarriage ATV protection that will also enhance the look and feel of your vehicle.
We have Skid plate kits, CV boot guards, Front and Rear Bumpers for most ATV models, including CF Moto. We also have ATV Radiator relocation kits, Snow Plows and winch mounts.

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Offline NMKawierider

Re: Full aluminum skid plate
« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2016, 09:43:28 AM »
I always respect when people can do things with there own hands! But in reality we are not all that handy ))))).
So if you are like me  :), feel free to stop by our website, we offer Skid Plates Made of 100 percent aircraft-grade aluminum, the ATV Armor Set is extremely light and sturdy, and it's also very affordable.
I am running a special now, 10% off All CF Moto products (that includes skid plates, bumpers, side protection and A-Arm guards/CV Boot protections)
www.rival-usa.com
http://www.mcssl.com/store/autoproductgroupinc/skid-plates/cfmoto
Not a bad price at all. I will consider it. Do you have any actual photos of a set installed on a ZForce 800? 

I also invite you to become a supporting vender here at CFMoto-forum.com. Just contact Jason, our owner.
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Offline chuddly

Re: Full aluminum skid plate
« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2016, 10:15:21 AM »
I agree the price isnt bad but im wondering how bad shipping will be LOL
I can imagine a world completely at peace.  A world where there are no weapons, no war, and no violence at all.  And I can imagine us taking over that world because they would never expect it.

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Offline chuddly

Re: Full aluminum skid plate
« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2016, 10:17:11 AM »
Im also curious why you dont have the A arm guards listed for the z force 800???  Seems like you have them with the skid plate but not separate???
I can imagine a world completely at peace.  A world where there are no weapons, no war, and no violence at all.  And I can imagine us taking over that world because they would never expect it.