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post #1 of 131 (permalink) Old 02-10-2017, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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Belly pan

Want to install a belly pan on my new(to me) 08. I've had one in the past and believe they are effective so I don't need anti pan comments only info on which are better than others. I've looked at McGyvers but am not sure of the front section attachment points.

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post #2 of 131 (permalink) Old 02-10-2017, 08:52 AM
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Works great on my 02 and 09.

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post #3 of 131 (permalink) Old 02-10-2017, 09:27 AM
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I installed one of those thin aluminum belly pans on my new to me '06 shortly after I bought it 5 years ago. The front section detaches easily for maintenance. So far it's worked okay for me.

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Seems like the entire point is protection so the beefier ones would seem to be better. So...either stainless steel or the MacGuyver one would probably fit that description the best.

I've heard complaints about some of them scraping during hard cornering so you don't want to go too thick, but at the same time...putting a thin piece of aluminum on isn't much protection at all and seems to be missing the point a bit.

If I were to get one, I'd do a thin stainless steel one.

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I have an Aluminum Belly Pan on mine. No complaints and it definitely has saved the Coolant Overflow Bottle on several occasions. Curiously, I have a counter argument that favors aluminum over steel. I believe that because the Aluminum is more malleable than steel, if it is subjected to a severe impact that it will give and thus will absorb more of the energy of the impact than steel would. My Belly Pan has a few scars to prove this. Bent but not broken. Using the same logic used in the construction of our Helmets it seems that a steel Belly Pan would be more likely to transfer more of the impact energy to that which it is supposed to protect than aluminum. Also, if subjected to a tearing force, the aluminum would be more likely to give way, than steel. The possible result being that steel might hang tough, as it were, and thus might well take some of the bodywork with it. Since that is what these Belly Pans are attached to. YMMV of course.
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post #6 of 131 (permalink) Old 02-10-2017, 01:11 PM
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Can't remember who made mine but got it from Motorcycle Superstore. Got the aluminum belly shield.

The front section should have self-tapping screws that match up with the holes on the leading edge of the rear section has that "clip nuts". Holds up very well (took my 1800 trike to Canada last week) and allows you to easily change oil with only having to remove the front section.
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I have a McGyver belly pan and I have had no issues. I would recommend one.
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My belly pan after one year.

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Originally Posted by Murgie View Post
My belly pan after one year.

Murgie do you just run around with your eyes closed hoping you don't hit something? Or is it like "I've got a belly pan , can't touch this".
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LOL, close, shooter. The tear is from a rock that was laying on the road. I was very close to the bike in front of me and because of the lean angle of the bike, made contact with rock. That made a very loud 'bang' noise. The other hole is where the corner of the engine casting where the tranny lives, made contact with the road.

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