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    Skid Plate Evolution

    Bottom to top are my OEM bash plate, one I added additional aluminum to, and a Ricochet skidplate coutesy of r80rt. Ain't evolution wonderful?
    I have successively upgraded but I still argue that Yamaha did a good job with stock unit. Rubber mount and flexibility spread impact loads over many milliseconds dissipating impact energy very well. Rigid mount of ricochet transmits impact directly into motor mount and frame. I kicked Adam's and mine Sunday with identical force and the ricochet equipped bike shook much, much more. So do not feel unprotected with OEM unit.If anyone would like either oem units they are free to a good home for cost of shipping, complete with scratches, dings and dents
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post

    If anyone would like either oem units they are free to a good home for cost of shipping, complete with scratches, dings and dents
    This is a great offer from Fred! Somebody could mount the silver stock skidplate under the blue one and have an extra layer of shock absorption. The extra aluminum plate that Fred added already addresses the area where most impacts occur. Assuming that Fred painted both sides with that special Superman blue paint, the extra thickness will further beef up the stock skidplate .
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    I've often wondered if the stock plate allows more cooling air to the bottom side of the engine compared to the Ricochet.
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    Fred, I know you don't like thread stealers BUT has anyone found a good way to quiet down the Ricochet reflected engine noise ?
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    Ear plugs.




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    Wow, spot on points for discussion, not hijacking.
    I bet stock unit flows more air and allows better heat dissipation from engine even though Ricochet is a big heat sink conductively linked to the frame and engine. With its own surface area to help radiate away heat the Ricochet might make up for the engine having lost air-flow. Too bad I didn't use my infrared thermometer for before and after numbers.
    I contemplated plasti-dip or some rubbery sound absorbing coating but worried it might hinder clean-up of mud, gas and oil.
    Ear plugs remain a hopefully un-needed but viable option, still need to test-drive to see if noticably obnoxious.
    What I am anxious to experience is the parting of the waves on creek crossings that the Ricochet seems to give.
    All I know is that Adam and evan with theirs create nice bow waves and emerge with drier boots than I can ever achieve with my old oem cat food can.
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    Hi Fred. Would love to take you up on the offer of a skid plate if one is still available. My 1990 that I just got is naked without one. Let me kn ow.

    Thanks Rick
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    Did you post that so I would feel better about all this? LOL!!!




    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Bottom to top are my OEM bash plate, one I added additional aluminum to, and a Ricochet skidplate coutesy of r80rt. Ain't evolution wonderful?
    I have successively upgraded but I still argue that Yamaha did a good job with stock unit. Rubber mount and flexibility spread impact loads over many milliseconds dissipating impact energy very well. Rigid mount of ricochet transmits impact directly into motor mount and frame. I kicked Adam's and mine Sunday with identical force and the ricochet equipped bike shook much, much more. So do not feel unprotected with OEM unit.If anyone would like either oem units they are free to a good home for cost of shipping, complete with scratches, dings and dents

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    Newman and Mel have requested the left-overs. Offer expired so the Smithsonian will just have to wait for my next cast-off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    ........................I still argue that Yamaha did a good job with stock unit. Rubber mount and flexibility spread impact loads over many milliseconds dissipating impact energy very well...............
    Yamaha does with finesse what Ricochet does with brute force?

    My main TW has a Ricochet and my "parts bike" has an OEM -- I will have to go give them a kick and see what happens...........
    Long live the internal combustion engine!

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