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ktm quick release skid- are they good enuff?

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my 08 xcfw came with KTM Plastic Skid Plate/with Quick-Fastener. Are these skids pretty good for rocky trail use... do they hold up ok? or is aluminum ones way way better? I like this one and want to keep it but... not sure how trail worthy it is. Its mainly side casings i worry about. I thought about riveting an extra one inch extension pieces onto this thing to extend a bit and deflect trail hazards away from my precious Rekluse clutch cover. On my DRZ 400 i glued a 3/8" thick strip of rubber along the leading edges of casings. It was hardly noticable/incognito and I'm sure it helped.

Is it worthy? :smirk:

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I've destroyed every kind of skid plate on mine.

Trashed the hard parts aluminum plate, Hyde plastic plate, P3 carbon plate was okay for a year but was trashed after that. Had another aluminum plate off a 450 I adapted to it and folded that.

I went back to the quick release plate since my frame rails are already dented. It's held up great.

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I've destroyed every kind of skid plate on mine.

Trashed the hard parts aluminum plate, Hyde plastic plate, P3 carbon plate was okay for a year but was trashed after that. Had another aluminum plate off a 450 I adapted to it and folded that.

I went back to the quick release plate since my frame rails are already dented. It's held up great.

TJ that photo of skidplates is quite a hall of fame (shame?)

I drilled a small hole near my azuz screw and looped a ziptie around the bracket:thumbsup:.

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TJ that photo of skidplates is quite a hall of fame (shame?)

I drilled a small hole near my azuz screw and looped a ziptie around the bracket:thumbsup:.

They just don't make them tough enough.:smirk: You should have seen the carbon P3 when I took it off. I can't find the picture of that one but the carbon is worn away from the bottom and there is a hole in it. I try not to launch off rocks to clear other ones as much anymore.

I bent the bracket in slightly so the dzus screw turns tighter. I also flip the knob over so it's on the throttle side. If it's going to release it will get pushed up by something.

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After running two quick release plastic plates on two KTM's, both plates were destroyed within 1 1/2 years. While I was pleased with their ease of use and light weight, I was forced to go to aluminum plates on both bikes.

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