PRODUCT EVALUATION PRODUCT EVALUATION
❏ Rough riding through rocky and
technical terrain is well-liked by the
Dirt Wheels crew. We love to take 4x4
utility quads and test their boundaries in all sorts of technical trail
riding, and one thing we learned is
that skid plates are essential to keeping the bottom of your quad in one
piece. Axles are easy to break, as
well as many other parts on an ATV,
and sometimes stock skid plates don’t
offer enough protection. We turned to
Ricochet Off-Road to outfit our Suzuki
KingQuad 750 with full under-body
protection, including A-arm protection on all four corners. Their kit starts
at $439 and is money well-spent.
Installation of the Ricochet skid
plates didn’t take much time at all.
You need a T- 40 Torx socket or wrench
and a 10mm wrench and socket with
a ratchet wrench to do the whole job.
They include self-locking clamps and
hardware for each skid plate to mount
onto your machine. In the case of the
KingQuad, we didn’t have to reuse
any stock hardware. Once we started
installing the plates, it took around
45 minutes to have them all loosely
mounted and then tightened down
properly. It was a quick and simple
process. Without even testing the skid
plates at one of our test locations yet,
we could tell the level of protection
was far better than the flimsy stock
plastic skid plates that the Suzuki
came stock with.
Testing Ricochet’s full skid plate kit
left us feeling like we could ride the
KingQuad through the roughest ter-
rain the quad could handle and trust
that the underside of the ATV was
well-protected. The skids are made
out of 3/16-inch 5052 H- 32 aluminum,
so they are tough and durable. The
plates let the machine slide over rocks
and fallen trees instead of sticking
on them, which happened with the
stock plastic skid plates. We abused
Ricochet’s kit by riding over big rocks,
and they held up well with little dam-
age done to the plates. The A-arm/
CV boot guards are just as strong as
the full under-body skids and have
high walls to keep debris away from
the axles. A similar skid plate kit from
Moose Racing can cost up to $433.95
and doesn’t include the A-arm guards.
Ricochet Off-Road carries skid plate
kits for many different ATVs and UTVs.
They offer a great level of protection
at a reasonable price. Installation is
easy, and they fit well on the machine.
Their kit comes with full under-body
skid plates and A-arm protection on
all four corners that stop rocks and
debris from damaging important
parts on your machine. For an easy
price of $439 to protect your ATV’s
underside, we feel Ricochet’s kit is
worth every penny. For more information, go to www.ricochet-off-road
. myshopify.com or call (866) 273-
Better belly protection
for your ATV
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
Some stock plastic skid plates aren’t
sturdy enough to protect your machine
from breaking parts. Rocks dig into
them and easily tear them apart.
Ricochet designed the plates to provide access to all essential maintenance
points on the bottom of the KingQuad.
There are holes that allow you to change
the oil and get to other parts without
having to remove the skids.
Riding trails is easier with aluminum
skid plates since they slide over rocks
and rough terrain. Ricochet’s skid plates
offer much better under-body protection
than the stock ones.