ive owned a ricochet, an enduro engineering, a hyde, and now a cycra one.
I too had the ricochet against the water pump... bent it with channel locks.
everyone except the cycra has mounting that makes you want to throw a wrench through the garage door. being able to just cut the zip ties of is nice and easy, but the cost of the hd zip ties alone can add up especially if youre changing oil every ride. Plus you dont have the outer protection.
Ive heard the new tmd one has equally annoying mounting, but ive never tried it.
Conclusion- skid plates are annoying- ride mx.