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Protect the vital engine cases and oil sump without giving up ground clearance with the AltRider Skid Plate for the Suzuki V-Strom DL650. Constructed of impact resistant 4.75 mm anodized aluminum, this skid plate provides ideal protection for off road conditions. Your exhaust header pipe is also fully protected without sacrificing ground clearance. The oil cooler is well protected while still allowing optimal air flow.
Included with the skid plate is a redesigned rear bracket that allows for easier installation and more overall strength. The skid plate matches up perfectly to the V-Strom crash bars using hidden fasteners for a clean, finished look.
Will not fit 2012 Adventure models equipped with factory Suzuki crash bars. OEM crash bars must be replaced with AltRider crash bars (sold separately). You may need an extra set of hands during installation to help you hold the bike upright if your V-Strom is not equipped with a center stand.
Do not buy! This skid plate failed in ~2,000 miles of nothing more than interstate commuting. A few weeks after installing this item I head a buzzing at 5,500 RPM. Upon inspection I found a cracked weld on the skid plate. I removed the skid plate for repair and found the left side mounting tab had cracked all the way across and was no longer attached to the cross member; this structural failure likely led to the cracked weld. For the price, this skid plate should be bulletproof. This occurred in the weeks prior to a recent trip I went on, due to latency in response of customer service I had to come up with my own modifications/repairs. They eventually did respond that I could submit the failed product for replacement however I have more faith in my own repairs and I have hassled enough with this product.... I have pictures too but can't get them to upload, will try to upload later.
September 14, 2014
crashbars and skidplate
Revzilla got them to me quickly and with free shipping -- I like that.
I bought this particular setup -- 1] because the crashbars are stainlees and because of how they fit to the frame. 2] I wanted a skidplate that did not bolt to the engine and that I did not have to remove to change the oil.
The parts are beautifully made and finished. I am a blacksmith and I appreciate nice metal work, this stuff is Nice. Everything fit up well and bolted together.
Now to pick the fly stuff out of the pepper -- so to speak.
There was no Locktite in either kit. They said there would be. = trip to the hardware store.
If they refer to a bolt size, it is bolt they give you not what is already on the bike.
First step to install the skidplate is to remove the 2 bolts holding the side stand on. Glad my daughter was home to hold the bike. Also, Suzuki uses some sort of Godzilla thread lock on these bolts = deadblow hammer and combination wrench. Holy cow! I didn't think that thing was ever going to come loose.
The rear bolt on the right of the skid plate takes some serious contorting and cussing to get started.
Those are all my whines. All put together it looks great and sturdy. Well thought out by whoever engineered the setup. Install of the crashbars is easy enough for about anyone. The skidplate -- you are going to need some skills. Seems like it all took an hour or so. A lot of which was cussing the side stand bolts out.
May 12, 2014
can't beat alt rider stuff. Superior finish materials and well thought out
March 25, 2014
The skid plate is great! You need the crash bars to install, which isn't a problem, but the first set of crash bars I received were defective. AltRider and Revzilla were very prompt at getting me a replacement set! I would definitely recommend both the bars and the skid plate and Revzilla!!
July 31, 2013
Most likely the best skidplate available for the Vstrom
I bought and installed it myself about a month ago. Installation went well and was actually quite easy. I probably should have just rated it a 5 as it couldn't have been much easier considering. Removing and reinstalling the kick stand mounting bolts was the most difficult thing. Mostly because they are long and fine thread so they have to be turned 100 times to get them out and then back in. I didn't have the perfect tools for the job so I had to make do plus I don't have a lift so I was on my back on the garage floor. It still wasn't a big deal. Mounting hardware was a perfect fit as was the place. Quality is first rate and couldn't be better. Mounting bracket for the rear of the plate is stainless steel and hardware is recessed. Front bolts where it attaches to the crash bar were easy to do and I'm 6'2" with large hands so I'm not sure what all the fuss is that I read online in other locations. Again, fit was perfect. Everything lined up well and instructions were good. I would buy it again without hesitation despite the price. It really wasn't that much more expensive than the alternatives when you are getting perfection and a clean integrated connection to the crash bar. Buy it. You won't be disappointed.
August 7, 2012
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Robert W: Exceptionally well designed and made rugged. Extremely happy with it.Sep 17, 2014
J O: quality. matches the crash bars I boughtMar 20, 2014
Stewart V: integrates seamlessly with crashbars for factory lookMar 3, 2014
Barry H: Highly rec'd for fit, method of attachment, style.Feb 15, 2014
Erik L: Great quality skid plate... Same price as altriders website, without the shipping cost! Thank you revzilla!Jan 29, 2014
Edward H: i picked this skid plate based on reviews and i liked the welded design. along with the bars it was an easy install except for getting the kick stand factory bolts out. the are locktited in with gorrila snot. other than that install was easy. i went with silver bars and black pan and just added black highway pegs. i like the contrast with bikes black frame.Sep 23, 2013
A shopper asked:How much of a chore is it to remove the plate for oil & filter changes? ThanksFeb 10, 2014
Reed C:I leave it on for oil & filter changes - it's no problem to access the drain plug or filter with it on. It makes it a little messier that way (oil gets on the plate), but a little extra cleanup is less work than removal & re-installation. Not that removal is hard (because the rear attaches to a bracket that you just leave on it is pretty easy. The initial install of the bracket is a chore, but once it's on, it's on. This thing was crazy expensive, but I think it was worth the extra bucks. It's a nice piece.Feb 10, 2014
R. Brian S:I have been able to easily change the oil WITHOUT removing the skid plate from my DL650. There is a drain hole in the skid plate so that you can easily get a wrench up through and drain. I have an oil filter wrench that I use to break the filter loose and then I put a plastic grocery bag under it to catch the filter and the oil that drains when it's removed. Easy to do with little mess. Buy this skid plate and the matching crash bars. I don't regret it and you won't either.Feb 10, 2014
Wess F:Once installed, I didn't remove the skid plate to change oil and filter. There is enough room to to get a cloth "strap wrench" on the filter to twist it off and what oil gets on the skid plate is easily wiped up. I've since gotten a Suzuki oil wrench that fits over the end of the filter and it uses an open end wrench to turn. Haven't used it yet but I anticipate it will work easy enough.Feb 10, 2014
Paul A:I've only done one oil and filter change, did not remove the skid plate, had no problem if you have the correct type/size of filter wrench. (correct size to fit over the cap of the filter or a strap type wrench.Feb 10, 2014
Josh B:It is not difficult to remove this skid plate. I highly recommend this product. You get exactly as advertised and it has saved me sure damage, especially given the location of the oil filter.Feb 10, 2014
Benjamin H:Not a chore at all. Remove the two nuts and bolts at the rear of the plate and the four allen head bolts holding the front of the plate onto the crash bars. Takes maybe five minutes, fi that.Feb 10, 2014
Frank R:I doubt it. It mounts to the AltRider crash bars. They're made to fit together. I'm not sure it it was made to fit any other crash bars. I have the crash bars from AltRider and they are pretty nice in case you were wondering.Sep 14, 2014
Bruce B:Not without modification. They are designed to be installed using the Alt Rider crash bars as the front mounting point. You might be able to custom fabricate an alternate mount, but it will not be an out of the box install.Sep 9, 2014