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Jagged rocks, mud holes, marshes with long reeds and even more random jagged rocks. The underside of your Can-Am Commander is subjected the most brutal of all the impacts that your UTV deals with as part of a normal day on the trail or race course. The underside of your UTV is built for a bit of banging around, however, even there has its limits and is also home to lines and other parts that if damaged could leave your UTV out of the running for quite some time. This is where CAn-am Commander skid plates, rock sliders and A-arm guards come in to play.
There are many UTV aftermarket accessories available at Everything Can-Am Offroad to protect your undercarriage and one of them takes care of the largest surface. These, of course, are the skid plates. You can get 3 different options in terms of material from multiple brands here at Everything Can-Am Offroad. You can get Aluminum, Steel, and UHMW. UHMW is a type of plastic that is very tough. It is much lighter than aluminum and is even stronger than carbon steel! This material resists heat, friction and regardless of the terrain does not bend or dent. This is the level of protection that you should invest in for your CanAm Commander. Companies like Factory UTV make great UHMW skids, but they don’t stop there. Companies like Factory UTV also provide great Can-am Commander body armor and Can-am Commander under armor to protect your rig on all sides. You’ll be sliding over rocks like teflon with a set of these bad boys, and we guarantee they’ll look better than your steel rock sliders after a few seasons of pounding.
Smaller, local, fabricators like AFX Motorsports or S&S Fabrication can fab you up some great Can-am Commander skid plates, but a lot of riders choose to go with the UTV company Tusk because they come with built-in holes and drain plugs. This is a handy feature, which allows you to take the drain plug out if you want to change your oil -- especially if you don’t already have a pump action Hydro Vac oil changer from Northern Tool which pumps all the oil out the dipstick hole. They type of front attachments you run may also affect the type of skid plates you choose to get. For example, not all snow plow mounts can mount on machines with particular skid plates -- especially homemade skid plates. But even if you have already bought the skid plates and attachment, in many cases you can simply notch the skids out to accommodate for whatever accessory you’re mounting.
If you’re feeling up to it and have the skill / tools, making your own protective Can-am Commander accessories is an option. There are many ways to go about it, but we’ve seen successful mods made from a sheet of ¼” aluminum plate about eight feet wide by five feet long. Start by taking your old skid off and trace them on the sheet -- note that you will need a few drill bits, a jigsaw, and about 4 hours to spare. You can probably get a skid set for around 200 dollars this way, but if you factor in the price of your own labor, it may just be more benificial -- and less costly -- to get some aftermarket skid plates or an OEM set straight from BRP.
You really should aim to put only the best UTV aftermarket accessories on your Can-Am Commander, after all, your machine really takes quite a beating and stands proudly after every race having not let you down, so why not give it the added protection so that you can avoid costly repairs and so that you can continue to enjoy an uninterrupted life on the trail with your Side by Side? At Everything Can-Am Offroad, you will find brands such as Ricochet, Moose, Trail Armor, Strong Made, Factory UTV, Extreme Metal Products, and Axiom, all of whom are leaders of the UTV industry.