Deciding on a skid plate

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Deciding on a skid plate

Post by Canadian FJR » Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:15 am

Since there is no sign of Covid restrictions letting up this riding season I hope to do some in-Province off pavement riding on the Ural. Nothing too crazy, logging roads and good four wheeler trails.

For a bit of insurance I’m trying to decide of a skid plate. Leaning towards this one from Hemisphere. Better protection than the one from Ural. I know that there are beefier ones out there but seem overkill for where I’ll be going. Any first hand experience with this one?
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Re: Deciding on a skid plate

Post by Snakeoil » Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:02 am

No first hand experience. But if those brackets point straight down to attach the plate, they look awfully wimpy to me for a skid plate mount. They looks like they are about 1/16". The plate looks thicker and maybe 3/32". It probably would do the job if the mounts were more robust. I think this plate is more for show than anything else with those mounts. Better name might be "water deflector".
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Re: Deciding on a skid plate

Post by jaybird » Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:48 am

Other than the mounting brackets it looks ok.
You could always make better mounts for it.

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Re: Deciding on a skid plate

Post by Lofty » Sat Feb 27, 2021 12:07 pm

I've the OEM skid plate mounted on my GU. Although smaller than the Hemisphere product, the factory plate is nominally thicker, and has a concurrently snug and robust mounting configuration. Said differently, I agree with Rob & Jay's comments regarding the Hemisphere brackets.

For my own riding requirements, which likely won't exceed that which the OP has planned, the OEM plate has acquitted itself quite well.
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Re: Deciding on a skid plate

Post by Canadian FJR » Sat Feb 27, 2021 12:30 pm

Yes, brackets are an easy fix.


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Re: Deciding on a skid plate

Post by Marine Corps Codu » Sat Feb 27, 2021 3:39 pm

I have the Hemisphere made on my GU. Yep brackets are weak. One broke within a month of install and I was not off road!! Will be making heavier brackets before spring weather allows mountain riding!!
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Re: Deciding on a skid plate

Post by windmill » Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:04 pm

IMO, If you're not going to do some sort of indestructible Mr Cob type skid plate, just get the cheapest one and consider it an expendable item.
Folks will argue the merits of their preferred skid plate, but they're all fairly light duty. Keeping that in mind, Urals OEM skid plate is under $75, the aftermarket are $200 to $300+.

https://www.af1racing.com/SumpOil-Pan-P ... 1037-30103
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Re: Deciding on a skid plate

Post by Marine Corps Codu » Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:12 pm

"IMO, If you're not going to do some sort of indestructible Mr Cob type skid plate"

Unfortunately I don't think Mr. Cob is making them any longer.
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Re: Deciding on a skid plate

Post by jeffsaline » Sat Feb 27, 2021 7:03 pm

Have you seen this thread yet? viewtopic.php?f=10&t=54708

I think there are some really good thoughts shared about skidplates in the thread.

I made a Mr. Cob style skidplate two years ago. I don't think I've ever "used" it but I'm glad it is inplace.

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Re: Deciding on a skid plate

Post by Canadian FJR » Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:54 am

Thanks for the link, great information


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Re: Deciding on a skid plate

Post by Canadian FJR » Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:35 pm

I just checked the link that Windmill provided and it states 2013-2018 models. I wonder what mounting locations have changed.

"OEM Ural Sump/Oil Pan Protection - Skid Plate - IMZ-8.1037-30103 For '13-'18 Urals"

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Re: Deciding on a skid plate

Post by windmill » Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:49 pm

Canadian FJR wrote:
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:35 pm
I just checked the link that Windmill provided and it states 2013-2018 models. I wonder what mounting locations have changed.

"OEM Ural Sump/Oil Pan Protection - Skid Plate - IMZ-8.1037-30103 For '13-'18 Urals"

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Not 100% positive, but I think it's just because it's previous version as they have changed a few times over the years. I'm pretty sure the one I linked will work with the old style oil filter, but you should confirm that.
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Re: Deciding on a skid plate

Post by RC20 » Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:39 pm

Since there is no sign of Covid restrictions letting up this riding season I hope to do some in-Province off pavement riding on the Ural. Nothing too crazy, logging roads and good four wheeler trails.
Biden now says we will have full supply needed for US in May.

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Re: Deciding on a skid plate

Post by stagewex » Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:14 am

A full supply of Skid Plates?
He's amazing :)
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Re: Deciding on a skid plate

Post by windmill » Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:36 am

stagewex wrote:
Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:14 am
A full supply of Skid Plates?
He's amazing :)
:lol:

I thought the same thing.
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