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post #1 of 9 Old September 9th, 2010, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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1/4' UHMW plates

I've been checking my options all week trying to think if i was going to try to make or buy some much needed skid plates. i've nearly given up on making when i found i that i can get my hands on a sheet of 1/4" 5'x10' that would work perfect.

Ihaven't heard anyone complain about either the 3/8 or the 1/2" thickness and wondering if anyone had any ideas on a 1/4". I know i will be sliding over rocks, stumps, logs, etc but i'd hate to tear my plate up because it is too thin.

Any ideas if this would work?

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Re: 1/4' UHMW plates

The center section of the Holz skid plate package is 1/4" UHMW so maybe someone that has that setup will chime in.

I too was looking into making my own out of 3/8" but then found the Tusk brand for cheaper than just the sheet of UHMW was going to be. Never looked back. I bash and slide that skid plate over everything and it is awesome. One of the best add on's so far.
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Re: 1/4' UHMW plates

factory skid is about that thick.
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Re: 1/4' UHMW plates

Factory Skid is much thinner than 1/4 inch.
I have the Holz full body skid plate and the center section is 1/4".
I have high centered on pointed rocks and except for the slight dent or warping there has been no penetration of the Skid UHMW.
I would also suggest you invest in a gas tank skid as most skid plates come a little short of covering the rear edge of the fuel tank.

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Re: 1/4' UHMW plates

Everything i have have learned of heard about the 1/4" is that for the weight of the rzr or other sxs's is that 1/4"is pleanty of protection. Some feel it is necessary for 3/8" or 1/2". IMO jeep's that crawl here use either 3/8" or 1/2" due to their vehicles weight being a bigger factor. Us sxs's being alot lighter than them i believe the 1/4" is plent of protection, unless you get a great deal on the 3/8". JMO good luck to ya

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Re: 1/4' UHMW plates

The 3/8" will work better when you go
to counter sink the bolts.
Plus it will give it a much better holding
factor. I have the 1/2" uhmw because of
the large rocks a person can encounter.
It will also flex less upon impact. Most people
have done just fine with the 3/8" uhmw. It
comes down to the type of riding your doing.
If you will be encountering large rocks go the
3/8".
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Re: 1/4' UHMW plates

I went ahead and ordered 3/8" and can use the 1/4 i can get to do tank protector and maybe bend around for a-arm protectors. I'll wait and see how it goes.

Thanks for everybody's replies.

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Chip good luck let us know how it turns out.
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Re: 1/4' UHMW plates

We have been using the 1/4" UHMW for a long time. Not only for racing in the desert where we drag the belly on rocks and sage brush for 50-70 miles at a time or for just playing in the woods up here in the NW where we do find allot of rocks and logs.
We have put allot of hard miles on these and sold allot of them over the few years that the RZR has been out.
We have never felt that a thicker material was ever necessary except for the fact that so many people think they need it. Not saying that thicker is or isn't better, but it does cost more and weigh more. I would love to include it in our kit since so many people ask for it, but we dont see the need to raise the price of our kit for something we feel isn't necessary.
I don't like to use the term 'overkill' because I don’t think it applies here, but the RZR only weighs about 1000 pounds dry.
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