No matter what type of rider that you are, protect your investment should be the most important thing to do.

Designed to protect your ATV, front to back, our skid plates are built to last. Upgrade the look, life, and durability of your vehicle using our signature PERFEX Industries skid plates.

 

If you love taking your all-terrain vehicle (ATV) out for a spin, you need to protect it with the best skid plates available. ATV skid plates are designed to protect your vehicle from damage caused by rocks, logs, and other debris that you may encounter while riding. However, it can be tough to figure out which one is right for you and your vehicle. Here is more information on skid plates and how to choose the right skid plate for your ATV.

 

What is an ATV skid plate?

You might be familiar with the word “skid plates.” They’re the outer covers that protect the different components found under your ATV or UTV. They are available in single sheets that cover the underside of the vehicle, or they can be designed to fit together to cover different components of the undercarriage.

The skid plates are designed to be fit to an ATV's underbelly to provide protection to its undercarriage from shocks when riding. When riding in trails or hazardous environments, it is more than likely an ATV will not clear all the obstacles and will hit rocks, potholes or tree trunks. With so many important components of an ATV exposed (exhaust, oil pan, etc.), skid plates serve a crucial safety function for all kinds of all-terrain vehicles when riding a trail.

Why do I need a skid plate for my ATV?

The short answer is that anyone wanting to keep their ATV in good condition and increase their safety should invest in a skid plate. 

We often think right away about the big accidents, such as hitting a rock you didn’t manage to clear, but the repeated, constant small chocs are just as dangerous. Over time, even small rocks banging on your underbelly will cause significant damage to important components of your ATV, which will inevitably need repairs. Buying a good skid plate is an investment today that will save you from repairs in the long run.

 

What types of ATV skid plates are available?

ATV skid plates can be made of a number of different materials, including steel, aluminum, and plastic. However, steel and aluminum are the most popular types of materials used to make skid plates. Aluminum plates are an excellent combination of durability, lightweight and price, which is why Perfex Industries offers top-of-the-line aluminum ATV skid plates.

Plastic skid plates, on the other hand, are typically less expensive and lighter than aluminum or steel skid plates. However, plastic skid plates typically aren’t as durable as the other two types of skid plates. If you’re looking for a skid plate that’s durable and affordable, you’ll want to opt for an aluminum skid plate.

Should I go for hard or soft ATV skid plates?

The first thing you’ll need to consider is the hardness of the ATV skid plate you’re looking at. The harder your skid plate is, the more durable it will be. However, harder skid plates are also more expensive.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive skid plate, you’ll want to choose a soft skid plate. Soft skid plates are typically less expensive and easier to install than harder skid plates. However, if you go off roads, they simply won't cut it! The best option for those looking for a skid plate offering great performances at a fair price is an aluminum skid plate.

The next thing you’ll need to think about is how heavy your ATV skid plate will be. If you’re planning on taking your vehicle off-road, you’ll need to look for a heavy-duty skid plate. The weight of the skid plate will help to protect your vehicle and help it ride over rough terrain.

 

How to choose an ATV skid plate.

There’s no right or wrong way to choose a skid plate, but there are some things that you’ll want to consider.

Pick the right material for your skid plate

The material that your skid plate is made out of will impact how well it protects your ATV. The first type of skid plate we’ll look at is a metal plate. These are the most common type of skid plate. They’re made out of a variety of different metals such as steel, aluminum, and zinc.

While metal skid plates are the most common type of skid plate, they can have some drawbacks. The first one is that using metals such as steel can be a bit heavy and impact your ATV’s performances. This is why Perfex skid plates are made out of a lighter metal: aluminum.

There are plenty of advantages to using aluminum for your plate, both on and off the trails. If you use something heavier than aluminum, you may find it difficult to mount and remove. Our skid plates can be easily installed and removed thanks to being lightweight.

How much protection do you want?

Different skid plates will offer different levels of protection: some can cover the entire ATV while others are made to protect specific parts. We believe that investing in complete skid plate sets will avoid expensive repairs in the long run.

Perfex offers you the option of adding A-arm guards (boot guards) and footrest plates to your skid plate for improved protection of both the vehicle and the driver.

Is it easy to install?

The less time you spend installing our products, the more time you can spend outside flying through a trail! Our aluminum skid plates are easy to install and guard your ATV from rocks, branches and holes better than any stock plates. Our protective gear is installed using bolts very quickly.