Skid plates are an important add-on, and this unit is heavy gauge enough to provide adequate protection for most trail riders.
What should be a relatively simple installation was complicated by poor quality control of mounting hole locations. I returned the unit to Motosport for credit.
Two of the four mounting holes were significantly misaligned to the swingarm mount points. This means that holes in the skidplate were not positioned properly. I am perfectly willing to perform a little rework (ie enlarge a hole a few thousandths) to mount relatively low production metal fab parts like these, but the misaligned holes would have needed to be enlarged in the direction of the mount point by approx. 1/4" on my unit.
Always willing to give another chance, this was the second AC Racing part I purchased for the same ATV over a short period of time. The first was the cooler rack, which also required rework, though not as much as the skidplate. I installed the cooler rack, but decided that I had enough of AC Racing part quality the second time around. I'm done.
A simple final QC inspection at the factory would catch these problems. I don't know if this is typical of AC Racing quality control, or if retailers are simply recycling problem returns to the next unfortunate customer. I know business is soft, but defective returns should be scrapped.
I am an experienced manufacturing executive who has managed $60M to $80M businesses with significant sheet metal fabrication operations. These types of quality control problems are very easy to correct .....