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post #1 of 7 Old May 6th, 2019, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
 
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Open Trail 1/2" UHMW full belly skid plate-review

After a hard beating in TN on the bottom of the RZR I decided to go with a UHMW set up. The Open Trail one was $433 delivered on eBay. Obviously one of the least expensive ones.
The coverage it really good. Side to side, under the front and rear. Good thick heavy duty stuff. However, in my opinion, it falls short in a few areas.
1. The instructions. Its just a piece of paper showing where bolts go. No real instructions of what to put on first and how to line things up. But it wasn't that hard. Also, you have to drill 10 holes to put in some of the mounting hardware. The 8 on the sides are marked on the instructions, the two under the front are not noted, you just have to figure it out.
2. The self taping bolts they provide are long enough for the holes that are already there, but too short for the ones you have to drill on the sides. So plan on buying a few that are 1.25" long.
3. In the front after you install the plate, there is about a 1" gap between the plate and the frame rail. Really makes no sense to have that there. I tried jacking it up figuring I could put a U bolt in there or fab up a bracket, but the material is too strong to really flex to close the gap.

I did call the vendor and they were very nice on the phone and even called me back. Their position was that this was an inexpensive way to get a 1/2" UHMW plate and that making some mods was necessary. So I guess you get what you pay for. They also gave me the number for Open Trail so I could call them and get some ideas on how to modify it to make it right. I will probably do that today.

I would be interested in hearing some other folks input on their UHMW set up and how it worked.

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post #2 of 7 Old May 13th, 2019, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Open Trail 1/2" UHMW full belly skid plate-review

Hmmm, no one has UHMW skid plates??

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I just installed a Tusk 3/8 UHMW skid plate. Their directions were actually pretty thorough. The biggest difficulty for me was that I was installing SuperATV nerf bars too. The two products were not meant to go together, but I was able to make it work. I would say that the coverage of the skid plate is really good... no gaps etc. I have yet to put it to the test though. I'm happy with it so far.
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Put the super atv 1/2 skids on ... instructions and install were easy and fit is about perfect


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Protection is unbeatable ... plus with the forum discount paying only $550 after shipping and tax, it was worth it


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Re: Open Trail 1/2" UHMW full belly skid plate-review

I also just installed the Tusk 3/8 UHMW skid. I also did the trailing arm mount skids which for anyone reading I highly suggest getting them at the same time and installing those first. Im sure all the machines are a little different but the directions for my machine were a little rough at the end. I figured it out and they do give about 5 pages of directions. Directions were really good at the beginning but got less and less detailed as I went.
As for coverage I am happy with it. I wish Tusk offered A arm sliders and rock sliders for my machine. The product is good and their customer service is amazing.


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Re: Open Trail 1/2" UHMW full belly skid plate-review

Thanks for the input. I guess if I had to do it all over again, I'd go with the SuperATV ones. I was shocked that the stock skid plate was not damaged at all when I took it off. We went on a really rough rocky ride in TN at TRWA/Brimstone, and I could feel the hits in my seat from some of the rocks. I figured I'd see some chunks missing. But it was in ok shape.

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