Most skid plates have to be removed. Something to consider when purchasing one, how easy is it to remove for the service.
Who the **** drains the oil without replacing the oil filter? LOL C'mon now!Just got an email back from them and here is what they say....
"Thanks for your inquiry. With the new plate, the skid plate and bracket will
need to come off for filter removal, but the oil can be drained with just
removing the skidplate."
No offense, did you watch the video?
Agreed, just about EVERY skidplate out there for the AT requires the skidplate be removed to access the oil filter. BUT if you watch the video you'll see the Touratech system uses a "bracket" that mounts to the frame first. The skidplate then mounts to the "bracket". If you look at the Touratech instructions on their site it appears this bracket is in front of the oil filter, blocking easy access.
So when it comes time to perform an oil filter change, unlike the stock unit or even the altrider unit where you would simply just drop the skid plate, you also need to remove the bracket. Not a huge deal, just another piece to remove and install.