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If you’re looking for stock replacement skid plates for your Can-am Defender or something a little bulkier to protect your UTV’s underbelly, at Everything Can-Am Offroad, we’ve got the side-by-side skids and Can-am Defender body armor for your machine. We offer replacement skid sections as well as full skid plate kits from a variety of trusted and reliable side-by-side parts providers. Iron Baltic, for example, makes a solid set of Can-am Defender skid plates for the side of the UTV that fold into the door step and provide a-arm protection as well. These and similar aluminum skid plates are a good alternative to the OEM Can-am plastic skids — which, if you’ve ever ben high centered, you know can ripple, scratch, and break. The type of skid plate you run will also depend on the year of your Can-am Defender. The older models have square a-arm tubes, whereas the 2019 models have rounded ones. However, despite these differences, if you get the right skid setup, the plates will fit well into the existing bolt hole alignment. Like Iron Baltic, the UTV firms UPI and Factory UTV also make nice sets of UHMW and aluminum belly skids and a-arm guards for both the front and rear of the Can-am Defender. They can take a beating without being phased, and are perfect for protecting the floor of convenience package Can-ams.
Regardless of the type of skids you run — be the OEM, aftermarket, or homemade from an old road sign — you may find that they make washing your side-by-side’s underbelly a bit difficult. Some riders like to drill holes in their skid plates to allow for more water drainage, making it easier to shove a water hose up in the underbelly and flush it out. This could increase the risks of getting your skids ripped of should you get hung up in a hole, but for many Can-am Defender owners it is worth the risk. If you’re doing your own skid plate replacements or just want to take your skids off to wash underneath, you’ll find that they’re riveted in place. While you can drill them out with a step up drill bit or a 3/16” bit, you can also get them off using a hammer and chisel. Once they’re out you can put threaded rivets back in there or even stainless steel self tapping bolts. But whatever you do, never ride without the protection of skid plates. And if you’re looking for replacement skids, under guards, or stronger aftermarket Can-am Defender skid plates, look no further than Everything Can-Am Offroad!