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    Just made a new ride plate with angle aluminum on each side bolted on to keep it straight. 7 bolts on each side leave a lot of screw heads on the underside of the plate. Although they are for the most part flush with the plate it seems like they would create drag with all the phillips head indentions. Will this affect the flow under the plate or is it nothing to be concerned over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Sergeant View Post
    Just made a new ride plate with angle aluminum on each side bolted on to keep it straight. 7 bolts on each side leave a lot of screw heads on the underside of the plate. Although they are for the most part flush with the plate it seems like they would create drag with all the phillips head indentions. Will this affect the flow under the plate or is it nothing to be concerned over?
    they shouldn't be "for the most part flush", they should be perfectly flush with the plate. look at the picture in the other recent plate thread - that's what it should look like. phillips head indentations shouldn't be a problem, although most people use allan fasteners.

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    I second.going.with allens and also anti sieze the piss.outa them or theyll never come.off.again after a few trips

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    you can always put some marine epoxy over the phillips heads and sand em flush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by white tortilla View Post
    you can always put some marine epoxy over the phillips heads and sand em flush.
    I am thinking of using epoxy in the heads then have it surface machined perfectly flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Sergeant View Post
    I am thinking of using epoxy in the heads then have it surface machined perfectly flat.
    if u have to remove them later you just heat up epoxy and it pops off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Sergeant View Post
    I am thinking of using epoxy in the heads then have it surface machined perfectly flat.
    good idea. you could probably just sand it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bp298 View Post
    good idea. you could probably just sand it...
    A couple seasons ago I wanted to add said stiffeners. I had some angle laying around, ripped one side off on my table saw so the finished product would look like channel, and welded everything together. Seems pretty bulletproof...at least to a carpenter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacho! View Post
    A couple seasons ago I wanted to add said stiffeners. I had some angle laying around, ripped one side off on my table saw so the finished product would look like channel, and welded everything together. Seems pretty bulletproof...at least to a carpenter.
    I was afraid welding would warp the plate. Even after just bolting on the angle I could see imperfections in it with a straight edge. I talked to a machine shop that has a surface grinder (normally used for decking a block) they said it should not be a problem. It seems a critical part especially when you are riding 100+ mph on it.

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    For what its worth.....I think the ride plate I got from bigdog on here was one of the best bang for the buck deals I have bought for my 21. I seriously doubt I will need to worry about that part again.
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    here is a little better pic...channel is hard to beat. Btw if you are out there chris...i am ready to order that spacer for under the cradle. I am over the washers. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Sergeant View Post
    I was afraid welding would warp the plate. Even after just bolting on the angle I could see imperfections in it with a straight edge. I talked to a machine shop that has a surface grinder (normally used for decking a block) they said it should not be a problem. It seems a critical part especially when you are riding 100+ mph on it.
    Oh Dang! I know I should have thought about that but didnt. Im gonna go outside and check it... . It certainly doesn't do anything weird but...
    Ill post a pic or two.

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    It's pretty flat, but I'm over the washers as well...I need to clean up the turd pile.
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