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Cheap Alternative for skid plate for versys

I have a 2011 versys and was wondering if there is a cheap alternative to getting a skidplate. I already have H&B engine guards and just saw their skid plate, but they are for 2015 model and upÖ.and besides itís really spendy. Any cheap alternative?

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since the versys doesn't have a frame under the engine there really are no cheap skid plates
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since the versys doesn't have a frame under the engine there really are no cheap skid plates
Got it, just ordered the one from Thiland....will see how it pans out... thanks!
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I just bought some aluminum strap, 1/8" x 2", at Home Depot and cut to fit, attached to each side plastic lower fairings, in front of oil drain plug. Doesn't really protect anything like a rock guard, but small objects would hit it before the drain plug casting.
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I just bought some aluminum strap, 1/8" x 2", at Home Depot and cut to fit, attached to each side plastic lower fairings, in front of oil drain plug. Doesn't really protect anything like a rock guard, but small objects would hit it before the drain plug casting.
That sounds cool....Do you have any pictures?
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I just bought some aluminum strap, 1/8" x 2", at Home Depot and cut to fit, attached to each side plastic lower fairings, in front of oil drain plug. Doesn't really protect anything like a rock guard, but small objects would hit it before the drain plug casting.
Another solution - get the pan from a "late-model" - the oil-drain comes out the left-side INSTEAD of a "tit" hanging down the bottom....


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Here are pics of my strap, attached to plastic cowls, with rubber grommets and 6 mm bolts.
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I would NOT count on that to protect your oil-drain, as a "frontal" hit looks like it will destroy it!

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Yes, but I figure it would hit it first, rather than the oil drain. It will give me that extra inch to react. LOL. And I needed something to do that day. And, I figure that the angle it is at, aerodynamically, and attached to the plastic wings- if it does get hit, it will pull on the plastic pieces and rotate them at the correct angle to contain any oil that escapes.

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