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I bet a fellow could build a nice one of 1/4" steel plate (or thicker) and jack under that, just use aluminum aftermarket as a pattern to start from?


Weight would lower a bike or trike's center of mass, maybe better handling, …. like result when we added thick brass belly pans to our HO slot cars.

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Thanks, that's why I asked guys. I know it's water cooled but couldn't see where I'd get into a situation where I'd need the pan.
All it takes is the front tire flipping a small sharp object off the road and sending it through the oil filter or the coolant reservoir, none of us foresee getting into a situation, but it happens. That's why I wear a helmet.

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can't remember who it was now, but earlier this year, someone reported hearing a noise, and noticed water under the bike when he parked.


the overflow reservoir was busted.
it just isn't worth the chance of it happening...
get a belly pan, even a cheap one will stop most stuff from breaking that plastic overflow reservoir

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The McGuver diamond plate works well on my 2012 dont notice any over heating problem been in Oklahoma month ago pulling a roll a home in 90* temps didn't notice any heat problem just like the thought of rocks not hitting the motor.

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There is also a guard for just the coolant tank. V&P Accessories sell one that just covers the tank and not a full belly pan.

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I just kind of like having all of the bottom side covered up...


I read of one post where a rider somehow, caught a spike or something similar, and it punched a hole in the engine block and let all the "good smoke out"


apparently he did not see the Low Oil Pressure light and when the engine locked up, he figured something was wrong.?

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I have had a belly pan on both my 1800. Run over a wrench that punched a hole in my oil filter. My Harley neighbor was glad to come get me said he had never towed a Wing before. So I think it is worth it.
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I put a louvered stainless steel pan on.. It was relatively easy to install. The ‘front’ portion of it removes easily for access during an oil and filter change. The enclosure of the pan as it may relate to heat is not an issue. I am convinced it provides a layer of protection for the expansive under belly of the bike, I think it looks cool, and it adds at least 15 miles per hour to the top end as you twist the noisy stick to full grin
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I figure that if I hit something big enough to damage the bottom of the engine then that is going to be the least of my worries! Even with a belly pan it is most likely going to throw me.
Not true Rickf1985. A sharp rock can knock a whole in the engine case and you might not even feel it. Loss of oil would be the only indication.

The bottom of the engine case is relatively thin.


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