Skidmarx Hugger install

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Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by bfg » Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:07 pm

Hi all,

There has been some talk about huggers (the stock one is useless and I almost cried when I saw the underside of my exhausts and the state of my rear shock with only 900 miles on the clock!) and I wanted to share some photos of my install of the Skidmarx hugger.

This is the Superduke hugger from Skidmarx, though they have now started marking the packaging with 990 SM as well as Superduke so they obviously know it fits. I got it from their website for £79.95 in gloss black.

First step was to sand it down with wet/dry and repaint it in Satin Black (I used a standard spray can satin black from Halfords, looks great, will keep you posted as to longevity) to match the black bits on the bike. I have to say Satin Black is an almost perfect match!

Comparison with the standard hugger:
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Then you take off the two bolts holding down the standard hugger at the front (under the shock) as well as the bolt on the left side (under the chain guard) and the brake line clip on the right side. The hugger then slots in under the chain guide on the left and bolts back in with the original screws and clip.

It seems to fit perfectly and I'll let you know how it all goes!

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(Apologies for the poor photos, it was murky in my garage and I only had my iPhone with me!)

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by dancerdave » Sat Nov 20, 2010 3:51 pm

Thanks for that bfg, looks good and should keep the bike a lot cleaner.
Did you forget to clean the cans after you fitted the hugger :o ;) :P :lol:
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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by Rangoonruns » Sat Nov 20, 2010 4:23 pm

This is definately on my to do list, what grade wet n dry paper you use please?
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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by Bulldozer » Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:38 pm

Thanks for posting this mate.. I just ordered myself a hugger..

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by bfg » Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:17 pm

dancerdave wrote:Did you forget to clean the cans after you fitted the hugger :o ;) :P :lol:
LOL, no but it's a parking garage not my own so I can't wash the bike down there... I'll make sure to get under there and clean it up properly next time I hit a jetwash!

Rangoonruns wrote:what grade wet n dry paper you use please?
I started with 400 grit to really get the gloss down, then finished with a little 1200 under water. As long as you get rid of the gloss finish any grade is fine, it's really just for the satin black to get purchase... You don't have to be quite as anal about the sanding process with satin as you do gloss!

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by D-train » Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:01 pm

Thanks bfg, looks great!

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by jonty » Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:44 pm

Just ordered one of these from Demon Tweeks.

The original really is pants ..it directs all the crap right at the underside of the exhaust and rear subframe.

Someone asked what grit of sandpaper to use.
I would use 1000 grit wet and dry simply to provide a good key.
You dont need to remove the paint , just flat it enough for the new paint to bond.

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by jonty » Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:51 pm

Thanks to BFG for being the guinea pig.

Just fitted.


The Halfords black is a great match.
Aparently Hycote satin black is also perfect, and significantly cheaper at most motor factors than Halfords silly priced paint.

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by Adri » Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:29 pm

For those of you who already had this installed for a while now, what's your opinion?

Does it really makes a difference compared to the original?

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by jonty » Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:55 pm

Adri

The weather in the UK is especially crap this winter, so I`m waiting for a slightly milder spell when the roads arent covered in salt and the horrible binder they use - makes for slimy dangerous riding, esp on summer tyres like the Contis.

I have a DRZ400SM that is better suited to slippy roads being light and having no power worth talking about!

Looking at it fitted I`d be amazed if it doesnt keep the bulk of the muddy water off the rear end.
It is more substantial than huggers I have fitted to other bikes in the past and they always worked well.


Here`s hoping for a mild spell when the afternoons start getting brighter in February - in the north of Ireland [or anywhere really in the northern half of the british isles] where I live, there is bugger all light at this time of year.

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by Adri » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:12 pm

In Portugal it's cold and rainy as well - but it's not snowing... unfortunately (I love to snowboard)!

What about the oil from the chain? Right now, my left rear change indicator is black, due to it. Do you think this hugger will solve this problem?

Thanks!

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by Nichof » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:45 pm

This hugger might solve the problem: http://hfcarbon.de/index.php?main_page= ... anguage=en The chainguard are 3 cm. longer at the rear than the original.

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by jonty » Sat Jan 15, 2011 2:52 pm

Adri

The skidmarx one is about 3 inches longer than O/E in the chainguard dept.
Also, if you look at BFG`s pix you will see that the sides are enclosed.

I`d be surprised if this all doesnt go a very long way to keep chain oil and general road muck off the cans.

I look forward to trying it out when the days get a little brighter ....call me a wimp but I simply cant bring myself to put my pride and joy onto salt encrusted roads.
I have seen what it has done to bikes in the past.

That`s what the DRZ400 is there for!

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by Adri » Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:46 pm

Yes, from the pictures you can tell that it will keep everything cleaner.

82.95 GBP + shipping (don't know how much for Portugal), is it cheaper from Demon Tweeks - they don't have the price online?

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by jonty » Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:16 pm

I got mine from Demon Tweeks

£79.95 with free delivery to the UK.

Not sure what they would charge for Portugal, but shouldnt be too excessive I suspect.
That price was pre- VAT rise mind you

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by Cookie » Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:37 pm

Dang, wish I had seen that HF Carbon one before I got the Skidmarx one!

Quality and fit on the Skidmarx one aint really up to much. Looks crap in the glossy finish unless you repaint it and how long will the paint stick on something thats bouncing and flexing? The underneath is typical unfinished fibreglass and the fettling of the edges and at the mounting points leaves a lot to be desired.

You cant beat a nice bit of CF bling 8-)

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by jonty » Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:38 pm

I must admit I dont agree Cookie.

The Skidmarx one looks like OE once painted.
Carbon bits can look a bit, well....naaf.


I prefer aftermarket parts to look like they were meant to be on the bike in the first place.

Must get some pics up.

As to durability,if you have properly flatted it, and cleaned the surface there is no reason why it shouldnt be durable.

Each to his own.

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by Cookie » Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:52 pm

Agree that some CF kit can look naff, particularly the stuff that is just sticky backed CF cloth that is sold on Ebay. But the quality kit from the likes of illmberger are works of art. The combination of thin sections, structural stiffness and finish even on the non visible faces is so much better.

And If the CF finish offends you could always paint it :lol:

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by jonty » Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:24 pm

I think CF looks brilliant on race bikes, or even if tastefully applied, to race reps.

I actually think the SMR blinged up with a bit of carbon would quite suit its image.
I`m not so sure about it on the SMT.
I actually thought about it, as skidmarx do theirs in CF.

Maybe its a sign of getting older but I think add ons to a bike need to be subtle.
I like the skidmarx hugger , as when repainted it looks like it should be on the bike.

I also have a fenda extenda, and with a rub over with Autoglym plastic and rubber protector it has a similar appearance to the OE guard.


I would however be interested to see pics if you get one and fit it, and am very ready to eat my words and admit I`m talking out of my [large] arse.

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Re: Skidmarx Hugger install

Post by GRISEN » Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:12 am

bfg wrote:Hi all,
There has been some talk about huggers (the stock one is useless and I almost cried when I saw the underside of my exhausts and the state of my rear shock with only 900 miles on the clock!) and I wanted to share some photos of my install of the Skidmarx hugger.
Hi bfg,

Thanks for description and pics.

hfcarbon.de writes "the hugger is 10 centimeter longer, the chain guard is in both directions 3 centimeter longer than the original."
Could you please make a similar comparison with the Skidmarx hugger?

Best regards
Jan

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