While I was running new wires for the
radio and seat heaters I had the floor panels removed and noticed
how thin the factory skid plate was. I actually hesitate to
call it a skid plate as it seemed more like a dust shroud due to how
thin it was and how little it actually covered on the underside of
the RZR. I decided this would be a good spot to spend some money to
prevent impact damage to the lower frame, coolant lines, gas tank,
brake lines and other components that set low in the chassis.
After some searching I found there
were still a handful of places making UHMW skids for the 2011-213 XP
4 900's. Deciding to go for a single piece design narrowed
that field to 2. The final factor that tipped the scales in
the direction of the UTV Inc. skid plate I purchased was the vendor
location. UTV Inc. is located in Mesa so I loaded up the
trailer and headed down there on a Saturday morning. $399
later I had a their single piece skid plate (which is made up of two
pieces). You read that right, the front section is a separate
piece but it will most likely never have to come off since it does
not block access to anything. The rear portion is all one piece with
access holes cut for the oil and rear diff drain plugs. I overlaid
the factory skid plate with the UTV Inc. skid plate in the picture
above and you can see the extra coverage the new skid plate
The factory skid set just inside the lower frame rails where the
arrows are in the above picture which exposes them to impacts.
The aftermarket skid plate puts 3/8" of UHMW between the frame rails
and obstacles and extends all the way out to the rocker panels which
should prevent sticks or other pointy objects from being able to
poke up and thru the floor and into the passenger compartment. The
new skid plate uses the existing hardware and comes with some
additional washer and self tapping screws for securing the skid
plate to the frame at the rocker panels.
This picture shows the separate piece that mounts
under the front of the chassis. Via 5 self tapping screws.
The view from the back. The skid took
about 2 hours to install and the only fitment issue I ran into was
where the chassis bulges downward under the rear diff. The
instructions call for factory hardware in this location but the gap
created by the chassis protrusion required 1/2" longer screws.
I also cobbled together some spacers to keep the skid plate