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 Baja Series – Skid Plates Review (ATVSource.com)

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PostSubject: Baja Series – Skid Plates Review (ATVSource.com)   Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:26 pm


After-market skid plates are a must have for any ATV. As for the Raptor, the stock machine has no A-Arm protection. You can see from some of the battle wounds on the stock machine the effects of not having sufficient protection. I would hate to have one of the front wheels fall off after fatiguing the steel of the A-Arms, especially with the power and speed produced from the Raptor 700. Protruding rocks can create quite a bit of damage to exposed framing. Attaching the Baja Series A-Arm skid plates was easy and took only a few minutes to install. With the addition of the skid plates, the glancing blows from obstacles will protect the critical framing components.

Although the Raptor does have a stock chassis skid plate, it is made from a hardened plastic, existing only as minimum protection. After a short-period of riding, the stock skid plate will be gashed and gouged, and depending on the severity of impacts, permanently damaged. Adding the lightweight, aluminum Baja Series skid plate from DG Performance was, again, a breeze. The durability difference is obvious when comparing aluminum to hardened plastic. While DG did leave an opening to drain the oil from the engine crankcase, the Raptor, additionally, has an engine oil tank drain which is inaccessible once the DG Chassis skid plate is installed. Since Yamaha recommends that both drain bolts be removed during oil changes, the skid plate will have to be removed each time.

As for the Swing-Arm protection, the durability differences were, again, obvious. DG’s Swing-Arm protection, also, had less curvature and recesses than the stock skid plate, giving fewer opportunities for mud and debris to build-up. Flatter surfaces, creating less drag, are better for sliding over trail protrusions. We did, however, encounter one problem during installation of the Swing-Arm skid plate. The bolts provided to fasten the skid plate to the undercarriage were not long enough. As seen from the photo, only two threads were left to “bite” into the mating bolt hole. The fix: purchase longer bolts from the local hardware store.

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PostSubject: Re: Baja Series – Skid Plates Review (ATVSource.com)   Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:35 pm

I love my Ricochet skids. I would have another atv without them.

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PostSubject: Re: Baja Series – Skid Plates Review (ATVSource.com)   Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:15 pm

Bootlegger wrote:
I love my Ricochet skids. I would have another atv without them.

I made mine by printing some pics of richochets and having a welder freind of mine cut and weld them for me. I love them..

I need to order some richochet A ARM guards for my bomb though
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PostSubject: Re: Baja Series – Skid Plates Review (ATVSource.com)   Wed Mar 12, 2008 1:57 pm

Bootlegger wrote:
I love my Ricochet skids. I would have another atv without them.

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