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Once again another expensive unit with plastic and paper thin metal covering vital parts. By Monday evening will have pictures and predicting 15 hours labor total already 10 into it at welding shop. Very expensive !!!! When the main belly plate was removed part of wiring harness just laying on top we will hear about sticks or major rock hit gonna cause big trouble I zip tied them up plus new steel belly going to protect well. I'm am floored on how much had to be removed to complete this the right way I will have the ultimate skid plates can't wait to post pictures first of week !!! Major rock climbing this is a must . I ride hard hitting bottom regularly average riding probably ok stock.
 

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Just got Viking back $ 1950 later 22 hours labor and parts!!! Will take it to work and lift up with forklift and take pictures so you can see skid plates and custom rock sliders that are going too protect plastic body!!! Added 180 pounds but its a low center of gravity 180.
 

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Hey Rock Daddy -
Just in case no one mentioned it at your dealer, most machines are built with the middle of the road approach to off-roading. Sounds like you really enjoy a specific arena - that of intense extreme rockin' Me too btw!

I'd bet the plates you got will serve your purpose really well and help you slide into rock heaven - just don't expect any manufacturer Yamaha included to do a custom build without a high percentage market margin leading their way to the machine shop. Send those pix, I'd like to get some ideas... I'll be fabbin' some sliders soon along with a center pivot.

Ps... By the looks of things, I don't believe much damage could be done - even with the light-gauge on the bottom of our bellies now - without a direct puncture that is!

Take care man and look forward to your ideas...

fabber
 

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The front bash plate unbolts and looks stock but is steal. The rear one also unbolts and added a lip on the back incase I back into a rock etc. The rest are welded to the frame just like stock but three times thicker. I removed the stock ones completely instead of welding on top of the others because it would hold mud between the two and eventually rust. I went overkill on this one but the Viking is worthy !!! Sorry for taking forever to post the pictures.
 

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You trully are a "Rock Buster" Rock Daddy!!!!!!!!!!!! No wonder you gad to get REAL Skid plates. With that weight you would sink in a Swamp!!!
 
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