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Installing the S-W 'skid plate' on S-W 'crash bars'...

Today seemed like a good time, so at 9AM I began the job. The S-W crash bars went on about a year and a half ago, and except for the increase in PERCEIVED vibrations seemed to work OK.

I ordered the skid plate to go WITH the S-W crash bars, so first order of business was to confirm that ALL the parts and instructions were here. Check.

Now - read the instructions to see what to do. NOT so easy. Kind of like reading Japanese instructions... read 'em three times, scratch your head, then read 'em again holding the paper up to the light in case there are "secret inscriptions", but, FINALLY I felt 'up to the task'.

Oh - not written anywhere, but you have to remove ALL the plastic fairings, lower (of course...!), upper by the tank AND windshield (hm-m-m - OK), and mid-level (front signals). I can handle THAT! Oh - yes - remove the metal parts the lower fairings attach to.... I can do THAT too.

Looks as if the crash bars have to be ALMOST removed.... OK - done. Now you need to exchange the left FRONT, top, mounting bolt and spacer; re-use the right FRONT top bolt with a DIFFERENT spacer; and then re-use the lower LONG rear through-bolt with DIFFERENT spacers.

Boy, this is a buggar!!! Because I use LOTS of WD40 (and ride dirt) the whole area in front of the countershaft sprocket is mucky, and there's very little room to: drive the bolt through from the right; add a 31mm spacer, then the skid plate mount, ANOTHER spacer (25mm), into an area that seems smaller than my fingers can utilize; and then add the crash bar, then the nut.

Probably wasted half an hour, then had a "EUREKA" moment! REVERSE the bolt so the nut ends up on the RIGHT...! NOW there was room for my fingers to get the spacer onto the threads, followed by the skid plate mount and the... you get the picture. Worked like a damn THAT way, and not nearly as mucky!

Now to add the skid plate, kind of a large basket to go under the engine (took only a few minutes) held by 8 bolts and nuts. Tighten those, then torque the other 3 mounts (upper left and right, lower), and, except for re-installing the plastics, you're done! It looks GOOD, and hopefully will protect the oil-pan and filter from rocks off the front tire.

From start-to-finish the job took me 4 hours, but I tend to be 'anal' (blue Loctite, etc), so I don't really have problems as long as it gets done, and it DID!

When I finished I took a picture of the parts that are left over when changing from just crash bars to skid plate and crash bars. The instructions COULD be a bit clearer, but that's why I took the time to post this thread. Hope it is useful to someone out there, so you WON'T have to work it all out on your own....



When it was done I 'suited-up' and went for a 40 minute ride. This is "seat-of-the-pants", but I feel certain that the vibrations are reduced, whether from the skid plate or that now the crash bars are somehow tightened differently. Can't say.
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However, perhaps step number one should have read, "Disassemble motorcycle."

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Thanks for the good write up! I've been thinking about buying these for a while now. I assume the 2010- installation will be similar. End result looks very good though!

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I have found SW Motech makes good stuff BUT boy do the manuals bite!

Good job on your write up (and not kicking things and pounding a six pack!)

Or was that look THEN leap?
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I thought you were kidding about all the work until I saw the pictures. I guess it would be better than a broken case but not so sure I want that skid plate afterall now.
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I have found SW Motech makes good stuff BUT boy do the manuals bite!

Good job on your write up (and not kicking things and pounding a six pack!)
If you recall - I DIDN'T say what I did AFTER the 'test-ride'.... It MAY have involved pounding-a-few back...

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I thought you were kidding about all the work until I saw the pictures. I guess it would be better than a broken case but not so sure I want that skid plate afterall now.
I consider it a positive experience. I like the skid-plate, and when I get back to AZ will buy one for BIG RED.

Someone posted that you could remove SOME of those 8 bolts/ nuts and just 'swivel' it out of the way to change oil. I don't see how, but I figure that removing all 8, the skid, then re-installing when you're done will add maybe 10 minutes. That's MY plan.

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Thanks for the write up. The end result looks great
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Great Post, moving on to the commitment and an placing order for the crash bars and bash plate. Still the bash plate seems as though it could be more, but for now from your post it proves to have eliminated any use of the supports on the oil box/pan, just a little more beefy\;}
I'll post after they arrive and I've had that hands on it, oh and I'll keep an eye out for the development from the engineers out of Salem OR.
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Thanks for the write-up, I'll be doing exactly this soon.

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I already mentioned - "vibrations" are WAY-Y-Y down.

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My plate just arrived today. Thanks once again for the write up. I am sure it will help me do the install - especially after 3 hours when at least I will know it is not just me!
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I got my local shop to fit my skidplate, about a year after they fitted the bars. Took them about an hour, and cost about 50usd. And I think the skidplate saved my oil filter in AK this year, so definitely worth the money.
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I know this is an old thread, but it really helped me yesterday and I wanted to thank you. I bought the crash bars and skid plate used and I was having the same issues you did with getting all the spacers in the right locations for proper alignment. After getting frustrated I searched the site for help and found your thread. Your detailed pictures and the suggestion to switch the long bolt from left to right was most helpful. Once I got the long bolt switched and using your pictures to get the spacers started correctly it all started falling into place.

Thank You!!!!
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Glad to be of service, Mark. I've now done both my Vs with S-W skid and crash protection, and reversing THAT bolt makes it ALMOST enjoyable....


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hey, eddie, just opened the box from twisted throttle with the skidplate, its kind of funny, when I first looked at the directions and all the parts, I was ready to pitch them in a corner somewhere, and say to hell with it. I just put the crashbars on a few days ago which does complicate things a little, but after looking at your photos and studying the drawings in the directions for a little while, I feel pretty confident I can handle it without getting too irritated.thanks for posting the info and the photos----dale
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Dale - , and post once they're installed.

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Dale - , and post once they're installed.
just need to tighten up all the bolts and I will be done. had to stop right in the middle of the job to watch game 6 of the w.s. I didn't have to remove any of the upper fairings. just one allen head screw on each side so I could push the plastic out of the way for my socket on the upper front mounts. I notice there is several inches of movement while its still loose (forward or backward) looking at your photos, it looks like you have yours moved all the way back. or close to it.----
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Dale - I THOUGHT that was MY '08......
...then realized MINE hasn't been THAT clean since I bought it!!!


GLAD it worked out for you.

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Dale - I THOUGHT that was MY '08......
...then realized MINE hasn't been THAT clean since I bought it!!!


GLAD it worked out for you.
I hope to get a little dirt on mine one of these days,ive probably logged a good 3 to 4 hours riding it and maybe twice that much time adding parts to it.ive had it about a month.
I see you spend some time in az.wish me and this bike were out there now. I was raised in Tucson lived there till I was 26. my sister and br. in law left no. michigan. today to spend the winter in lake havasu az.---------
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...I see you spend some time in az.wish me and this bike were out there now....
Yup - BC is nice, but AZ is my "high-point" in ANY year!


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