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Memorial Weekend damage
« on: June 06, 2017, 09:05:29 PM »
While riding Memorial Weekend we took a hard hit to the undercarriage. Finally got a peek at it tonight.  Peeled the factory skid plate back and it looks like I tweaked the front motor mount.  I'm going to take all the skid plates off tomorrow night and see what I'm up against.  It's on a Z6EX.

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Offline chuddly

Re: Memorial Weekend damage
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2017, 07:38:50 AM »
The factory skid plates on ALL machines (regardless of brand) are not really skid plates.  They are more of a splash liner.  I picked up a 4'x8' piece of 1/8" aluminum and made my own belly skid plate, A arm guards and diff guards.  The whole belly of my Z8 is fully protected and slides well over logs, rocks and ruts.  I would HIGHLY suggest everyone doing something like that if you plan to take it out and ride hard.  I will add that there are companies that make HDPE (plastic) skid plates.  And while those would work for most people HDPE will not stand up to the abuse that aluminum will.  I knew a guy that had HDPE and had a stick go through the plastic skid plate and take out his brake line.  He was trying to convince me how much better HDPE was than aluminum.  I told him "I have never seen a stick no matter how big it is go though 1/8" thick aluminum.  I will stick to what I know will protect the underside of my cart".
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.

Re: Memorial Weekend damage
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2017, 09:24:49 AM »
I agree.  If I can get the old one straight, I think I will try to use it as a template to make one out of aluminum.  Hopefully I can get the motor mount straightened back out.

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Offline Jason

Re: Memorial Weekend damage
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2017, 12:44:07 PM »
@chuddly where did you get ahold of an aluminum sheet?

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Offline chuddly

Re: Memorial Weekend damage
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2017, 12:50:11 PM »
Metal supply places have them.  Prices vary from day to day but I when i got mine prices were high and it was just over $200 for it. 
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 Cosmosdan

Re: Memorial Weekend damage
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2017, 02:12:47 PM »
My "baskets" always hit things. My iron Baltic skids have welded aluminium covers. So far so good
2013 Z6 Trail
Iron Baltic skid plates
UE Boom Speaker mount
RZR 800 Shocks
Mostly stock trail riding
25g. Rollers and A1

2016 Outlander max 570
Too new for mods yet

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Offline NMKawierider

Re: Memorial Weekend damage
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2017, 04:05:59 PM »
My home-made steel skids have welded drops-covers over the baskets and boy..do they ever get a workout sometimes. Need something that just slides by them..nothing hanging down that can get caught of stuff. 
2015 Z Force 800 53/Trail EPS-
Custom Air Intakes | Custom Exhaust Mod | SuperATV Harness | Custom Fenders | Custom Skid/Rock Sliders | 27" GBC Grim Reapers | Seizmik Mirrors |Конструктор (Rodin's) Doors | Dr Pulley Sliders | 1.5" Wheel Spacers | BENZ Silencer (as needed) | SATV Flip Windshield W\ Rear Shield | Dual Light Bars | Diamond Plate Storage | 9.7" GPS | Bandit Springs Rear & Gen-3 Shocks Front

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Re: Memorial Weekend damage
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2017, 08:55:31 PM »
What is your opinion of this motor mount bracket?  It's not as jacked as I thought it was.  Turns out it's welded at an angle.  Just had a dent in the middle.  Motor seems solid.  I'm thinking it's ok.

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Offline NMKawierider

Re: Memorial Weekend damage
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2017, 09:08:33 PM »
Run it! Maybe see if you can flex that straight again but I don't think it's anything to worry about.
2015 Z Force 800 53/Trail EPS-
Custom Air Intakes | Custom Exhaust Mod | SuperATV Harness | Custom Fenders | Custom Skid/Rock Sliders | 27" GBC Grim Reapers | Seizmik Mirrors |Конструктор (Rodin's) Doors | Dr Pulley Sliders | 1.5" Wheel Spacers | BENZ Silencer (as needed) | SATV Flip Windshield W\ Rear Shield | Dual Light Bars | Diamond Plate Storage | 9.7" GPS | Bandit Springs Rear & Gen-3 Shocks Front

My Videos On YouTube

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Offline chuddly

Re: Memorial Weekend damage
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2017, 06:52:42 AM »
Your fine.  Put some real skid plates on that thing and beat the crap out of it LOL.  If a small dent worries you guys you would hate to see the underside of mine from before i put real skid plates on it LOL.  I run soft suspension so sometimes I use the skid plates as suspension parts 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: Memorial Weekend damage
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2017, 01:54:35 PM »
LOL Right! I have "customized" my undercarriage for more clearance now it does't hit the same things it did before. Works great. ;D ;D
Still going to look into the aluminium though. I'll see exactly what they will charge me to cut one out on their plasma cutter. Friend of mine owns a very successful commercial HVAC/Sheet metal company.
Maybe he will give me a very good deal if I get a few.
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 Jason

Re: Memorial Weekend damage
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2017, 03:47:21 PM »
What is your opinion of this motor mount bracket?  It's not as jacked as I thought it was.  Turns out it's welded at an angle.  Just had a dent in the middle.  Motor seems solid.  I'm thinking it's ok.

Still gonna send it.

Re: Memorial Weekend damage
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2017, 09:39:39 PM »
2012 Z6 trail
Homemade roof/Stereo system/KFI Snowplow/3 inch lift/28 inch maxxis bighorn 2.0/led running lights/thats it no more mods until i get the 800ex/wrong custom skid plate