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    Think I need a skid plate

    Went out for a romp this morning and put a big ol' dent in the bottom of the frame. Its got a bunch of dents down there already, but this one is sizable. Not all that worried about it, but it would have taken out an engine case no problem. Im aware of some of the choices, but any thoughts on this issue? looks like the TCI has some nice side protection as well. I usually have a problem with shale type rocks flipping up under me and smacking the crap outta the bottom. I fear eventually one of those is gonna leave me stranded.
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    The TCI is unparalleled in the degree of protection it offers, but also unparalleled in price and troublesome fitment issues.

    I'm always glad that I have it when I'm out in the rocky stuff, but plenty of T-dubbers seem to be getting by just fine with one of the much less expensive and easier to install/remove models. If I was farkling another TW, I don't think that I would go with the TCI again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonBenito View Post
    The TCI is unparalleled in the degree of protection it offers, but also unparalleled in price and troublesome fitment issues.

    I'm always glad that I have it when I'm out in the rocky stuff, but plenty of T-dubbers seem to be getting by just fine with one of the much less expensive and easier to install/remove models. If I was farkling another TW, I don't think that I would go with the TCI again.

    Remember GaryL"s cutting board one that he made too. I thought that was pretty slick. I can see the benefits, seems like that stuff would slide off a log like butter.
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    I've got the Ricochet.
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    I'd second the plastic cutting board skid plate. Many advantages :slide over stuff easy, cost effective, frame protection potential, low deformation factor.
    There's a thread somewhere here on it. That type of plastic is easy to work with but tough.
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    I know I need a better skid plate.
    I thought the bike came with a skid plate, though very thin and with not a lot of coverage.
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    On my last ride there were a plethora of big rocks as the road has eroded away and a few boulders that I came down hard on and slid across.
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    I also have a Ricochet.

    Get one -- any kind of aftermarket skid plate. It is very cheap insurance. It only has to save you once to pay for itself.
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    Interesting ideas. Ill see what I can come up with for the cutting board. I do like the vast side protection of the tci plate. We seem to have alot of these flat longish rocks around here to flip up. They javelin into various spots under the bike which is what scares me. The one I hit this morning was long enough that when it tumbled and impacted I damn near went over the bars! thanks for all the responses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TWilight View Post
    VanillaGorilla, I think the statement should have been....."I needed a skid plate".
    eh the dent I can live with as a battle scar. No oil not so much. sometimes I almost feel guilty for what this poor bike takes
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    Good idea, when I ride enduro I put chain wax or oil on my dirt bike skid plate to help me over the trees.
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