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Anyone has fitted another bash plate yet?
Don't really trust the standard one...


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I was trying all sorts on mine (Classic not DS), problem as I see it is mounting it to engine, not sure if DS one is same as factory "old" one but that uses 5mm screws, any big knocks go straight to them, then case itself.. Other aftermarket ones pretty much same story
I offered up a proper bashplate from RMZ and it would fit mounted to frame at engine bolts but bracketry to do it would be like the Forth Bridge !!!
In the end I made a leather skid plate to protect the oil filter and left it at that. Good luck finding, post pic if you fit proper one
 

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The brackets on the Givi have like a expander bolt that goes in the engine mount hole.Bit of rubber and bolt could be made to do same .
 

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I had one for 2 years on my Scrambler. It worked fine, and protected from several off road impacts. It did bend a bit here and there, but I was always able to get it back in shape. The black paint will chip off in front pretty quickly from gravel roads and look less great. It does not protect the exhaust at all, so I did manage to break the small spring hooks between the header pipe and slip-on twice. The factory skid plate has this same vulnerability.

Here it took a few good knocks that absolutely would have destroyed my oil filter:

 

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Thanks anotherhobby. Will you put it on your sled once you have it?


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Thanks anotherhobby. Will you put it on your sled once you have it?
Nope, because I want something to protect the exhaust and spring under the foot peg (which I've crunched twice). I've been in contact with Touratech regarding their plate, and it doesn't look like it'll fit the DS due to how it mounts to the foot pegs. They offered to work with me to try and get it to fit (as in I buy it, they send it, I try it, and I take measurements, and I send it back if it doesn't fit, and then we try again). Hoping to get my bike within 2 weeks.

I think their skid plate offerers the best coverage, solid mounting, and much lower profile than Givi (which also has good coverage).
 

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Let us know how it goes AnotherHobby. If you have to send back for modification, let Touratech know there will certainly be other customers if it they can get it to work. I'm definitely in.
 

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I did reach back out to Touratech. I'm awaiting a reply, but I'll keep this thread up to date with whatever happens. I'm really hoping we can make this bash plate work.
 

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Touratech responded back, I placed my order, and we will work on fitment when it arrives next week. For my efforts and willingness to be a test mule, they offered me a reasonable discount and free return shipping if it doesn't work (obviously even after attempting installation). So, it's risk free for me. I'm really hoping we can get this to work!
 

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Touratech responded back, I placed my order, and we will work on fitment when it arrives next week. For my efforts and willingness to be a test mule, they offered me a reasonable discount and free return shipping if it doesn't work (obviously even after attempting installation). So, it's risk free for me. I'm really hoping we can get this to work!
If you can get it done, I will be their next test mule. Please let us know how it will work out!
 

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UPDATE ON TOUARATECH SKID PLATE

The bracket doesn't fit the Desert Sled. :(

Here is the email I sent back to Touratech:

As suspected the skid plate is a no go on the DS. All of the front holes line up fine, but the mounting bracket is blocked by the new frame at the rear mount points. I was hoping there would be something near by, or maybe just a hole or two to drill, or maybe a little bending or something, but I couldn’t see any way to make the bracket work. I think there are options on the left side that I might have been able to make work (like mounting to a chain guard bolt or making a bracket to bolt it to the foot peg), but the right side by the exhaust really has no options. The new subframe mounts right to the engine where this thing is supposed to mount. The only option would be to sandwich it between the two (which I don’t think there would be any room anyway), and then I’d be very concerned about suspension stress. I have attached a bunch of photos.

I don’t think it’d be that much work to find new mounts for the rear, but it would definitely take a different bracket. I don’t think making a new bracket would be hard, but the’ll need to have a DS on hand to sort it out. I don’t see how any measurements I can provide would give a legit engineering solution. I’m willing to dig in deeper if you want though. Is there any way to twist the arm of Touratech HQ to make one? The Desert Sled is really the Scrambler that’s best for this stuff (same goes for the pannier rack).

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And in case you want to see just how much more coverage this skid plate offers (and how much better it mounts), here it is compared to the OEM one (along with it's superior mounting bracket):

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