Racers, rock crawlers, and fast trail & desert riders have known for many years about the RZR frame and crossmember damage which occurs when using unsupported UHMW skid plates. Racers and serious rock crawlers have been welding steel panels into the frame below the engine & transmission to provide additional protection that their UHMW skid plates alone cannot provide. However, until now there has not been a strong and easily installed solution for regular owners of the RZR XP1000, RZR XP Turbo or RS-1.
The Thunderhawk Skid-Max changes that. Now you can install the protection you need in about an hour (no welding required). The Skid-Max is installed between the frame and skid plate (above your UHMW skid plate), so there is nothing to hang-down or drag when you are sliding over trail obstacles. Your UHMW skid plates will still give you the smooth, "slippery" bottom surface and the durablity to resist abrasion and surface damage when sliding over trail debris and rocks.
If we were lucky, a simple flat plate would do the job (but it's never that simple). The Thunderhawk Skid-Max is formed to fit properly with the angles of the RZR's steel engine crossmember and is also formed to clear the transmission & the frame's sheet metal stamping (at the rear, below the gear case) while mounting solidly to the main frame tubes (not relying solely on the factory skid plate mounting bolts). The Thunderhawk Skid-Max is designed with these features as it is the only way to protect these items which are extended below the frame tubes.
You buy a new RZR or RS-1, then you “invest” in UHMW skid plates for extra protection. Having UHMW skid plates that look “like new” from under the RZR, with a bent and damaged frame above is no deal. Why do half the job? With the Thunderhawk Skid-Max Rear Engine-Guard Skid Plate Reinforcement Kit, you'll now have the strength and peace-of-mind knowing that your UHMW skid plate will not flex causing expensive frame or engine damage. Installation takes less than an hour. Every RZR with UHMW skid plates should have a Thunderhawk Skid-Max!
For more details and photos, check out the Thunderhawk Skid-Max on our website
Please note: The photos showing the Skid-Max Rear Engine-Guard panel installed on the frame were taken to illustrate the mounting location on the vehicle with the skid plate removed. This part is not visible when the UHMW skid plate is installed.