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    Senior Member joedirt1970's Avatar
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    I have seen a few different skid plates out there. Is there a conclusive answer on which one is the best for our T Dub?



    Here are the three I have seen:



    TCI...expensive...but fully protecting the engine







    MSR...similar to the Ricochet







    and the Ricochet:



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    I'm certainly happy with the Ricochet. A while back the company was offering 10% discounts to forum members too.



    Does the TCI one come with the engine guards or are they an additional expense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turborob View Post
    Does the TCI one come with the engine guards or are they an additional expense?


    The TCI plate comes with the guards at a hefty $239.00, however it's extremely sturdy and even moreso when you put the guards on. The guards themselves are tough to get on since you have to thread the lower side nuts with the skid plate already mounted up. Tom was nice enough to send me the kit for free since I helped introduce the idea to him I guess.

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    For the price, its hard to beat Ricochet...I have it on my TW and use it often on our rocky Az trails...
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    The bars are part of the plate. That's our bike in TCI's ad.



    There is NO comparison to be made between the TCI plate and the other two, either in materials or in concept. and it costs accordingly.



    I recently hit a large, immovable rock that was jutting out of the ground at about a 45 degree angle going about 10 mph. The bike came to a full stop on the rock. The full impact hit the forward part of the TCI bars and the bike stopped dead in its tracks.



    The angle of the hit would have taken out the entire right side of the motor with any other skidplate. The TCI bars were bent rearward about 1/16" and there was no other damage.



    It's spendy, and I'm not saying the others are neccessarily inadequate, only that they don't compare. If you can swing the cost I'd advise you to get one.



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    [quote name='lizrdbrth' date='17 May 2011 - 08:11 PM' timestamp='1305688269' post='18674']

    The bars are part of the plate. That's our bike in TCI's ad.



    There is NO comparison to be made between the TCI plate and the other two, either in materials or in concept. and it costs accordingly.



    I recently hit a large, immovable rock that was jutting out of the ground at about a 45 degree angle going about 10 mph. The bike came to a full stop on the rock. The full impact hit the forward part of the TCI bars and the bike stopped dead in its tracks.



    The angle of the hit would have taken out the entire right side of the motor with any other skidplate. The TCI bars were bent rearward about 1/16" and there was no other damage.



    It's spendy, and I'm not saying the others are neccessarily inadequate, only that they don't compare. If you can swing the cost I'd advise you to get one.



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    Quote Originally Posted by lizrdbrth View Post
    The bars are part of the plate. That's our bike in TCI's ad.



    There is NO comparison to be made between the TCI plate and the other two, either in materials or in concept. and it costs accordingly.



    I recently hit a large, immovable rock that was jutting out of the ground at about a 45 degree angle going about 10 mph. The bike came to a full stop on the rock. The full impact hit the forward part of the TCI bars and the bike stopped dead in its tracks.



    The angle of the hit would have taken out the entire right side of the motor with any other skidplate. The TCI bars were bent rearward about 1/16" and there was no other damage.



    It's spendy, and I'm not saying the others are neccessarily inadequate, only that they don't compare. If you can swing the cost I'd advise you to get one.


    Sounds like you're a stakeholder; is it your company?





    I assume removal is quick to access the oil filter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turborob View Post
    Sounds like you're a stakeholder; is it your company?





    I assume removal is quick to access the oil filter?


    lizrdbrth is the guy who volunteered his bike to be fitted with the setup. If it weren't for him giving up his TW for a couple weeks we wouldn't have the product. I lived a bit too far away to drop mine off, so I got on here and found someone willing.



    Removal isn't too bad. The bars are just tricky to get back on with standard wrenches. It's worth the extra few minutes though.

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    I just ordered a ricochet and used "atvmag25" as a discount code and I got 10% off. It was $88 shipped. Hopefully I get it friday. Anything is better than the stamped "soda can "stock one. I might try and make the side ones.

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    Sorry for bringing-back an old thread but I just ordered a Ricochet skid plate for my '07 TW and the ATVMag25 discount code still works!



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