2016 & newer
XP 1000, XP Turbo and RS-1
SKID-MAX REAR ENGINE-GUARD SKID PLATE REINFORCEMENT KIT
Stops frame, engine and gear-case damage
that commonly occurs when using UHMW skid plates
Special Pre-Order Sale - Through March 31, 2019 (regular price $249.99)
- Eliminates UHMW flex under engine, transmission & rear differential, preventing damage
- Stops frame damage common to engine crossmember plate on RZR frame
- Protects rear frame plate below rear differential
- Provides strength and stiffness not possible with UHMW skid plates alone
- Now you can attack the trails, rocks or race-track without cringing every time you bottom-out
- Complete kit installs easily in about 1 hour (no welding)
- Available to fit:
2016 & newer RZR XP 1000
2016 & newer RZR XP Turbo
2018 & newer RS-1
- Patent-pending design
- Made in USA
It’s common for owners of an RZR to replace the stock plastic skid plate with a thicker UHMW plastic skid plate. These aftermarket UHMW skid plates are much more durable to resist abrasion and surface damage from sliding over trail debris and rocks. However, UHMW plastic is very flexible, as you probably know from working with it while installing your aftermarket UHMW skid plates. Although they are very durable, plastic skid plates cannot add any significant strength or stiffness to your RZR’s frame and chassis.
This flexibility is the Achilles heel of UHMW skid plates. Whenever your RZR chassis and UHMW skid plate impact the ground, a rock, or any other solid object, the UHMW plastic simply flexes upward with the full impact transferred to your RZR’s frame crossmember, engine or gear-case. Almost immediately after the impact, the UHMW flexes back to it's natural (flat) shape, leaving the frame bent or other items damaged above the point of impact. It is actually rather common for RZR owners to find the steel crossmember on their frame (below the engine) and the rear frame plate (below the rear diff) bent upward from these impacts after removing a UHMW skid plate that still "looks-like-new". Ironically, many sellers of UHMW skid plates acknowledge this flexibilty, but try to spin it as a positive by using terms to describe UHMW like "has memory" or "absorbs impact".
Almost 10 years ago Thunderhawk Performance released the first Skid-Max Skid Plate Reinforcement Kit for the old RZR 800. Looking at the properties of UHMW plastic and acknowledging that it's flexibility would allow damage to occur, Thunderhawk Performance designed and manufactured the Skid-Max to solve this problem. The Thunderhawk Skid-Max is an aluminum panel, which is installed between the frame and the UHMW skid plate to add the necessary strength and stiffness to protect the frame, engine, and transmission.
If we were lucky, a simple flat aluminum plate would do the job (but it's never that simple). On the 2016 & newer RZR XP 1000, XP Turbo and the RS-1, the frame crossmember (below the engine) sits below the round frame tubes and is also formed downward toward the center for driveline clearance. These machines also have a stamped sheet metal frame plate below the gear case & rear differential at the rear of the RZR, which sits almost an inch below the round frame tubes. If you were to try to install a flat plate here, it would simply transfer any impact directly to these sheet metal frame features which are extended below the main frame tubes. This would not reduce the impact or stop any damage that you would experience compared to using a UHMW skid plate by itself without any additional support. In order to fit the RZR frame properly and to transfer any impact to the strongest parts of the frame, the Thunderhawk Skid-Max is formed to match the angles of the steel engine crossmember and is also formed to clear the sheet metal stamping (at the rear, below the gear case) while mounting solidly to the main frame tubes.
Racers, rock crawlers, and fast trail & desert riders have known for many years about this common RZR frame and crossmember damage which occurs when using unsupported UHMW skid plates. Racers and the serious rock crawlers have been welding steel panels into the frame below the engine to provide additional protection that their UHMW skid plates cannot provide. However, until now there has not been a strong and easily installed solution for owners of RZR XP1000, XP Turbo or RS-1. The Thunderhawk Skid-Max changes that. Now you can install the protection you need in about an hour (no welding required). You buy a new RZR or RS-1, then “invest” in UHMW skid plates for extra protection. Having UHMW skid plates that look “like new” from under the RZR, with a bent and damaged frame above is no deal. Why do half the job? Every RZR with UHMW skid plates should have a Thunderhawk Skid-Max!
All parts in this package are installed above your UHMW skid plate, so there is nothing to hang-down or drag when you are sliding over trail obstacles. Your UHMW skid plates will still give you the smooth, "slippery" bottom surface for which they are known. With this Thunderhawk Skid-Max Rear Engine-Guard Skid Plate Reinforcement Kit, you'll now have the strength and peace-of-mind knowing that your UHMW skid plate will not flex causing expensive frame or engine damage, or even possibly leaving you stranded. This kit is designed to be used with aftermarket UHMW skid plates. Although it can be used with the Polaris molded plastic skid plates, we do not recommend this due to the poor fitment between the Skid-Max panel and the molded plastic skid plates. The parts in this package install easily in about one hour. Proudly designed and manufactured in USA.
Please note: The photos showing the Skid-Max Rear Engine-Guard panel installed on the frame were taken to illustrate the mounting location on the vehicle with the skid plate removed. This part is not visible when the skid plate is installed.