I want to buy a better skid plate. I have read a bunch of old posts on different ways to reduce the echo off the plate, but I can't find if any of these ways worked. anybody know?
Unfortunately I do not have the answer. I was going to try gluing on strips of old inner tube before I mounted the ricochet; but worried about oil or crud build-up.
What I did was cut small pieces of a popped rear tube and cut holes for bolts in them; then put them between every metal to metal contact point. Bolt head - tube - plate - tube - washer - tube - nut. Also between curved rear mounting hangers and frame, and a strip across the rear of the plate where it snugs up against the frame.
It does not sound bad to me - BUT - until I hear it next to, or swap rides with a straight bolted on ricochet; I still cannot answer your question...except "I" have not noticed any bad sound effect from it this way. -J-
I don't know what yours is made of but my aftermarket skid plate is made of 1/4" thick aluminum and its not going to bend without a tremendous amount of force. If i did hit it hard enough and it bent the 1/2" or so it needed to hit the case i would have a lot more to worry about than my skid plate, like my knees or maybe my life. I have hammered it off thousands of rocks and i have never seen even the slightest hint of bending it. The factory swiss cheese model on the other hand was useless and i could bend that thing just riding down the street.I think a skid plate is only marginally effective unless you line it with a thick rubber pad to distribute the shock of a big hit. It is kinda like a helmet shell w/o a liner....In a big hit, casing, I call it, the skid plate will bend and hit the bottom of the motor concentrating the forces in a small area and possibly breaking the case or damaging the seal between the 2 case halves. A thick rubber pad acts as a shock absorber and distributes the concentrated forces over a larger area, hopefully not damaging the case. All trials bikes I am familiar with use such a liner. My TW has a 3/8" thick hard rubber pad. I slightly dimpled the pad with a grinder in the spots that the engine case "high" points had left impressions in the pad reducing pressure points and making it easier to install. This pad also should reduce echo or noise, something I am not concerned with...I am using one of the aftermarket ones from Utah, cant remember the brand, but it is holding up well...hope this helps...