Project RZR

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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 really 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 provides.

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 relatively level. 

 Shortly after the new skid plate was installed, the secondary fuel tank I ordered came off of backorder and showed up at the house.  The tank is made by IMS products, holds 5 gallons and mounts in the giant cavity beneath the driver side passengers seat.  The new tank plumbs in with the stock tank so it fills from the factory fill spout and works with the factory gauge.  The only caveat is when the gauges shows half full you really have twice the gas you had previously so you will have to recalibrate you inner voice. It also takes longer to fill the secondary tank since the gas has to self level between the two tanks via so 1/2" ID tubing that comes with the install kit. In reality I find I rarely go for a completely full set of tanks unless I have a 100+ mile ride planned. 

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