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</TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top align=left width="100%">The Can Am Renegade 800 is an amazing machine. It is the only truesport 4x4 ATV in existence. It is fast, great handling, and built as tough as they come. I am very impressed with the build quality of the Can Am Renegade. Spend some time looking one over and you'll see that the axle shaft diameters and CV joint sizes are half again larger than other sport utility ATVs. Driveshaft diameter and U-joint size is double that found in some 4x4 ATVs, and more akin to what you would see in a half ton pickup truck than what you are used to seeing in an ATV. The engine and transmission are the powerhouses of the ATV industry, and the drivetrain is built to take the abuse they can dish out. The frame on the Can Am also sets it apart from other ATVs, with a central spar design that is very light and very strong for torsional forces and for shock loads (jumping the ATV). The central spar can be damaged by a hard enough impact though, such as from a high speed impact with a large rock, and this can result in a loss of structural integrity. The Can Am frame needs skid plate protection, perhaps more than other ATVs do.</TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top align=left width="100%">
<TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=5 width=464 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD></TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top>Here's the belly of the beast, in stock form.</TD><TD vAlign=top>The central spar can be damaged by a hard enough impact.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>​
</TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top align=left width="100%">The OEM skid plate is minimal protection at best. Also note the aluminum support bars for the floorboards. They are more than strong enough to support the weight of the ATV if you get hung up on the floorboards. But they would not be strong enough if the ATV were to catch one of these bars on a stump or sharp edged rock while the ATV were travelling at a high rate of speed. You need to be able to slide over these support bars, and not have them get snagged by an immoveable object.</TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top align=left width="100%">
<TABLE cellSpacing=10 width=464 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD></TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Here is what the Ricochet skid plates look like installed on the Renegade:</TD><TD>Made with 3/16" 5052 H-32 Aluminum for maximum protection. </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>​
</TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top align=left width="100%">Ricochet Off Road makes high quality skid plates for most ATVs, and they have some features for their Renegade skid plates that other manufacturers do not have. Skid plates are the first upgrade for our ATV Torture project Renegade, so we ordered up a set from Ricochet. Ricochet Off Road is located in Utah, and they know how to build skid plates for those of us that ride in the Rocky Mountains. I ordered the skids Wednesday afternoon, and UPS dropped them off at my house the next day. Packaging was clean and simple. The instructions were straight forward. And everything fit perfectly, with no unexpected adjustments being needed. The hardest part of the install is lifting the ATV up onto its rear bumper. </TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top align=left width="100%">
<TABLE cellSpacing=10 width=464 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD></TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>The floorboard skid plate should work well for sliding over trail obstacles without getting hung up on the floorboard supports.</TD><TD>This double thick section of skid plate is a great feature. That is 3/8" of solid aluminum right there protecting the frame of your Can Am.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>​
</TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top align=left width="100%">I did not get the a-arm skid plates. I have never had problems with bending a-arms in the past, and I want to keep weight to a minimum with this sport 4x4. Even without the a-arm skid plates, you are bolting 21 pounds worth of armour plating onto the belly of your ATV with these Ricochet skid plates. The extra weight is as well placed as it can be though, and the extra protection is well worth it.

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