Here is the Thumpertalk Skidplate just waiting to be installed:
The skidplate ready to be installed along with the only two tools needed: a 10mm and 8mm socket. I like that there is a hole big enough to get at the oil drain plug.
Step one: remove these plastic guards with the 8mm socket
and put them in storage, they are not needed with the new skidplate.
These are the four mounting holes for the skidplate:
Step two: bolt skidplate to bike and done!
The waterpump covers seems a bit exposed from this angle:
This photo is a reference for how long the bolts are compared to my 8mm craftsman socket:
UPDATE: November 17, 2009
If I could do it over, I wouldn't get the Thumpertalk guard. It is strong and has been crash and rock tested a few times and has worked great. The Thumpertalk skid plate does reverb slightly and makes the ride nosier for me. I don't mind as I almost always wear ear plugs. More importantly the Flatland racing skid plate is slightly larger and covers the water pump hose and cover better. Read about a fix to the thumpertalk guard here.