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View Poll Results: Oil pan swap choices, which one?
Keep my current set-up alone and change nothing 0 0%
Swap oil pans but leave the Alguard gravel guard 0 0%
Swap oil pans, grind the tabs off and get a REAL skid plate 3 100.00%
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Question I'm stuck, not the way you would think though...

Knowing me, you would think I'm stuck in the mud somewhere in Alaska or Canada. But it's not that kind of stuck, today anyway
Here is my dilemma: I've got an ER-6N oil pan that I'm going to swap in to my Versys to get rid of the low hanging oil drain plug location. I know, why bother? Right? You see my current exhaust set up rubs on the part of the oil pan that hangs down and by doing this I will eliminate that issue. It's not bad but I think over time something will happen to the oil pan or exhaust.
I also was wanting to grind off the factory belly fairing mounting tabs from side the new oil pan like JDRocks did on his V649HP bike.
This will necessitate re-thinking my current skid plate/rock guard choice. I am currently running an original Alguard unit, but it mounts on the oil pan tabs... Hence my dilemma, Do I leave the tabs on there and stick with the Alguard or look for a better stronger ACTUAL skid plate that mounts to the frame?
I'm sure I can re-sell the highly sought after Alguard unit with no problem, just wondering IF it's worth the change? I've taken my bike through quite a bit of off-road punishment and have yet to damage my skid plate or snap off one of the oil pan mounting tabs. Should I just swap the oil pans out as is and stick with the Alguard unit, or upgrade? Let's hear what
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I really liked my Algard Engine Guard but i would not use it for any serious off road adventures that involved hitting it against big ole rocks. More of a gravel guard to me....If yours is an original Algard Engine Guard it will look like this one notice the shapes of the air holes or vents. If they do not match these its a Algard Copy made by Forum Member Tinner.....




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Jeff - my thoughts are to go ahead and make the changes, then mount a PROPER skid-plate, MOSTLY because you already know what it's like to get 'stranded' in the outback, even if it wasn't for too long, and you DO go where "angels fear to tread"...!



Either THAT or buy yourself a Gen 3 which already has that oil-pan, plus the muffler LOOKS like it will protect the "under-stuff". (I run mine w/out a skid-plate.)
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No opinion on your choices. Whatever you do it is still a street oriented bike that you turned into a scrambler per se.

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No opinion on your choices. Whatever you do it is still a street oriented bike that you turned into a scrambler per se.


Thanks for your NON answer......................


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Thanks for your NON answer......................

Better than just randomly clicking on a choice since the title was vague enough to get me to click on it.


Seriously though, ANY bike can be an adventure bike. It is how much the rider is willing to endure and the skills they have.
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