Indy Project Sled - Adding a Skidplate
|Benefits:||Increased protection from obstacles, cosmetic improvement|
|Tools Required:||Drill, pop-rivet gun|
|Parts Required:||New skidplate, rivets (usually included)|
|Mechanical Skill Required:||Average|
I always thought skidplates were more of a cosmetic item than anything until I put one on my Indy. After the first ride I was amazed to see the number of scrapes and scratches on it, there's obviously a whole lot more hard stuff in the snow than you would think.
The plastic ones can add a bit of color to your sled, but aluminum is a lot more protection. And you can fabricate an aluminum skidplate pretty easily and for not a lot of money. It won't look as good, but if you hit a rock or a tree stump, it'll provide much more protection.
Be that as it may, I put a purple (surprised? :) Ekholm skidplate on my Indy. It came with the necessary rivets, although screwing it in place may be a better idea - it'll come off easier when it's time to work on the IFS. Installation is a piece of cake too, just flip the sled up on it's side, drill the necessary holes, pop the rivets in place and you're ready to ride.
If your sled doesn't have one, it's yet another cheap insurance policy that also dresses the snowmobile up a little.