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The manufacturer will debut its crash bars and skid plate at the 2010 BMW MOA International Rally in Redmond, Oregon from July 15-18, 2010, for those of you in the US. The crash bars are made with 1 inch (25 mm) stainless steel tubing and hand TIG welding, and come in a shot peen satin finish or black powder coat finish. They use precision-manufactured mounts that fit into the existing motor mount, creating a robust connection secured by OEM fasteners on the top engine mounts. Torx fasteners are provided for the lower mounts, while the bars wrap around the engine, radiator, and front fairings.

The skid plate is made from anodized aluminum, which is a sturdy 3/16 inch (4.75 mm) thick, and features a corrugated bottom pan that adds extra strength to the entire piece. The upper flange extends further than others on the market, covering the oil filter, heat exchanger, and header pipe without giving up ground clearance. The plate installs with completely protected OEM fasteners and an included 3/16 inch stainless steel bracket, which prevents swiveling and potential shearing of the rubber OEM mounts.

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