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Stator & Clutch covers - thoughts?

Has anyone actually got clutch and stator covers on their V - and can you share your thoughts?

In AZ, I am often off road in locations that get pretty rough/rocky. Not hard enduro rough, just eroded forest roads. I have crash bars and a skid plate, but notice the stator and clutch covers are scratched up a little bit from tip-overs - as they are not well protected by either bars or plate. I have Givi bars and a Ravetech skid plate, but the common SWM versions provide about the same coverage in this area, not great for rocky surfaces. I always carry J-B weld in the tool kit.

R&G Racing makes plastic bolt on covers that appears to provide a lot of protection, and presumably some additional space between "oops" and "oh $h*t". They're a couple hundred for the set.

Here's a Revzilla link to the stator cover for reference: https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...0r-er6n-versys

There's another one made by GB racing, but don't seem to have the same coverage and are costlier.

Anybody actually try them?

Thanks guys...
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Joe - I can understand your concern. I had crash-bars and the SW-Motech skid-plate on both my Gen 1s, but never considered needing more protection. My Gen 3 has the SW-Motech crash-bars, but NO skid-plate, as the one-piece exhaust LOOKS like pretty good protection underneath.

Guess I just ride w/ my 'fingers-crossed'....

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I would consider it if you are a safe guy like me. Hard to put a price on walking back to civilization when you have a simple tip over.
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I was considering one, as I realized my Hepco guards dont protect the bottom of the alternator cover in a wash out, the coolest looking ones I could find was a brand called "t-rex" google "t-rex versys cover" I emailed to check if it fits the previous model years, he replied he was not sure as he did not have one to test on, but studying the mounting points seemed to suggest that it was possible.

But in the end decided it was abit to costly as I was spending too much on farkles...but just wanted to share another option.

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I have no knowledge, but looking at ads for those covers, I've always wondered HOW they would protect in anything other than a 'gentle-side-swipe'.

IF you came down HARD onto a rock...?

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Good point, Ed - their theory (and thus my question) is the 4mm poly will both disperse and absorb impact before enough force is applied to the stator cover to damage it. I'm not ready to buy that logic outright, and at $90 for the stator cover - they're not giving it away. Mine has 'abrasions', bit no clear impact damage that I can see. I know for sure it would have prevented the scratches!

I don't know if a clutch cover would help because it's up higher, and the water pump is more exposed but still somewhat protected with plastic already.

I've decided to hold off until I can see real-world evidence, and have emailed the company but no response yet today. I'll let you guys know.

Has anybody damaged their stator cover off road? Could be a solution looking for a problem...

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Joe - here's a pic of the stator cover on BIG RED after I low-sided on Mt Graham at 20 to 30 mph.



I "repaired" the scratches on my crash-bars w/ a few WELL PLACED inches of 'electricians tape'.

I, on the other hand, broke a couple of ribs (but NOT my collar-bone!!!...).

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More good intel... thanks again! I think I'll just carry some extra J-B Weld. Probably have now jinxed myself, but WTH.

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