Should the name Ricochet Offroad Armor mean anything to you? Well, do you own a Dirt Bike, ATV, UTV or even an FJ Cruiser? If so, do you trust that the bottom of your engine, frame, CV boots, differentials and suspension components are protected by the stock plastic skid plates that the manufacturers provide from the factory? If you answered yes to both questions then chances are you don’t ride terrain filled with large jagged rocks or even in the woods where there are tons of tree limbs or roots on the trails. Its either that or you don’t mind riding over sticks that can tear your CV boots, or having rocks come into contact with your frame or bottom of your engine, or maybe you just have been lucky so far. Nothing could be worse than tearing a CV boot at the beginning of ride and exposing your CV to water or mud that would contaminate the joint and cause failure, even worse would be having the stock plastic skids fail and you take a large sharp rock to the underside of your engine.
If you ride hard, and often, in any type of terrain other than mud, a set of aftermarket aluminum skid plates is money well spent. Providing much improved and needed protection over stock skids for your ride, they prevent damage from trail conditions that can lead to down time and costly repairs. This is why if you don’t know the name Ricochet or their products, you should!
The install is pretty straight forward. It can be done while the quad is on all 4 tires, but for faster installation you need put the quad up on its rear rack. On the 450 you need to turn off the fuel before proceeding. I then winched the front end of the 450 in the air using my support beams in my garage. I have seen many people use a nearby tree also. One thing that is written on a piece of paper within every parts bag is to use anti seize on all your bolts. Trust me use anti seize or you will strip the supplied T40 Torx bolts. As I progressed through the install I began to really like their approach with using the clamps for mounting points over the A Arms and Frame. Much better than the other skids I had that utilized every OEM mounting location with washers and bolts. Did I mention half my stock locations were stripped out from the other manufacturers’ bolts being ripped out and twisted from riding rocky terrain? Well needless to say that the clamps were definitely the way to go and a big plus in my book. The only problem I encountered was that the supplied bolts for the Floorboard Skid Plates were too short. Not all 8, the 4 6x30mm supplied bolts were too short. These bolts go to the 2 inner holes of each floorboard according to the instructions. I wound up needing to step up to a 6x50mm bolt for those locations. I talked with Mike at Ricochet Offroad about this and he is going to look into it but for all I know it could be that my welded tabs off the frame are bent. (This has been addressed by Ricochet Offroad since the review was originally published) Installation took me a little over an hour and other than needing to replace 4 of the floorboard bolts for longer ones the whole install went smooth and the fit was perfect.
Best Protection Out There for the Money
Offers More Protection than Competitors Sets
Custom Anodizing Options Available
Outstanding Customer Service
Drainage is Decent and Cleanup is Fast