RPM Composite Carbon Fiber Skid Plate Install|
I've wanted one of RPM Composite's carbon fiber skid plates since first seeing one last year, but due to it's size it meant paying a premium shipping charge nearly half the cost of the skid plate. Raffi, the owner of RPM Composite's took care of that problem though, he split the skid plate into two pieces to make it easier to ship via USPS and UPS without going over the maximum size limit.
The two main things I like about this skid plate are its strength and its full coverage of the E & S modules as well as the chain case and brake caliper. The chain case and brake caliper are especially vulnerable on the XP chassis due to the way they hang down below the bulkhead. Taking a hit to the bulkhead can crush these two components resulting in a very expensive repair bill.
The first thing you notice when you take the skid plates out of the box is the smooth glass like finish and craftsmanship. These are top quality parts fastened together with stainless bolts, washers and nyloc nuts.
The install requires that you remove the exhaust pipe, can and a couple pieces of foam from the nose pan. A ¼" drill bit, #4&5 allen wrench and 10mm socket are all that's needed to complete the install. The skid plate comes pre-drilled to match up to existing rivet holes in the chassis – so no new holes need be drilled into the chassis.
The install was pretty straight forward, the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Just put it in place and all the bolt holes line up, it fits very well and looks great once it's bolted up, the entire install only took 30 minutes.
For more information on carbon fiber accessories for your sled check out RPMComposites.com
Submitted by Irondog