Have to agree with everyone and say that you can not beat the protection alum or steel ones will give over plastic. I purchased the alum ones from Yamaha. One reason was I liked the bear they had in the front of the plate. I have been on some rocky trails and it puts my mind at ease to hear that alum hit the rock instead of some cheep thin plasic skid.
I went with the aluminum front and rear from www.prm-atv.com . Now I am saving up for the belly skid pan. I don't know about welding a-arm guards on. I like the fact that i can remove them for cleaning and checking around the CV boots.
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