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).
Right side images:
Left side images: