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Yamaha said in one of their videos that the Wolverine sports a steel welded skid plate that cover the full underside of the machine. In my mind, I think this welded skid plate could hinder maintenance, modifications and aftermarket options. Does anyone else feel like they would rather have a removable skid plate on their machine?
 

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Yeah cleaning would be a pain, plus to me it's more susceptible to dents and dings that aren't removable. A vehicle with a removable skid plate can be swapped out for a new one or an aftermarket one that provides better protect and better sliding surface in rough terrain.
 

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A trade off either way. Steel makes a good skid plate and being welded in adds tremendous strength to the frame. It is just heavy. But like you said it could make some things a lot more work to fix or modify. Hopefully Yamaha put a lot of thought into accessibility when they made the decision to weld it.
 

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It will be hard to straighten after some big rock hits but its easy to make a tool to straighten it. Some areas will be easy to straighten from the top.
 

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I like it. Yamaha will have hopefully designed a good way to pull the plastics for top access. The bottom is designed to take a hit and slide off. However any major impacts should probably be looked at. As far as weight is concerned I'm happy the mass is placed down low. Means the CG will be too to compensate for the seat hight.
 

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Looks welded and a few bolts. Welds don't look over the top so some grinding/cutting should come off with out that much of a hassle.

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The welded plate tends to make me concerned. I would prefer being able to remove it. However with a skid plate that big it would be heavy and hard to handle.
 

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Honestly i prefer the full welded skid. No bolts to break off when it takes the inevitable pounding I'll be giving it. I love where Yamaha has gone with this rig. It's looking rather burly in all the right places.
 
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