When I removed the belly pan from the box I did not find any installation instructions. I am not sure if that is typical, or because Ray just assumed I knew how to install one. I removed my Tulsa pan so I could compare the two side by side. By comparison, the Macgyver pan is much sturdier, even though not that much heavier. As mentioned previously, the diamond plate is highly polished where the Tulsa pan is just a dull aluminum. Of course, this sits under the bike, so it is not that visible. So, unless you are leaning into the turns on The Dragon and KillBoy is taking your picture, it is doubtful that anyone will take notice of the shiny diamond plate.
As for construction, there is a rustic appearance to the notches which have been cut into the sides for mounting. Be careful when handling or you could easily slice open a finger on a burs. The sides themselves also have a much steeper bend than the Tulsa pan (see photo). The hole which has been drilled for the overflow from the coolant tank is in the proper location, but it too had a few rough edges.
|Macgyver pan (top), Tulsa pan (bottom)|
Like the Tulsa pan, the Macgyver pan is in two pieces with a front shield that can be removed to change the oil and filter. Unlike the Tulsa pan, Macgyver is using machine screws which match up to threaded clips on the stationary part of the pan. My only concern with this design is that the machine screws are not captive, or held in place to the removable shield. If engine or road vibration caused one of the screws to back out while riding, it is possible for a screw to fall out and potentially get caught under the rear tire and cause tire damage. If the screw are tightened properly, the likelihood of this happening is remote, but it is possible. By contrast, the Tulsa pan uses DZUS 1/4 turn captive bolts. They are a pain in the butt to attach and I have cursed them many times, but they probably are a safer option. The Macgyver screws go right in making reattaching the shield a breeze.
|Machine screws are not captive and could work loose from vibration|
|DZUS fasteners on Tulsa pan are captive and more secure, but more difficult to reconnect|
|Installing takes a few firm whacks to force into place|
So which pan is better? For sheer protection of the engine, and appearance, the Macgyver pan is the way to go. It is about the same price as the Tulsa (or similar) belly pan and the price even includes shipping. So, it actually may be a few bucks cheaper. It is a bit more difficult to install than the Tulsa pan, but that is the price that comes with a stiffer, more protective pan. If the shield fasteners were upgraded to the captive DZUS style, then I would consider it pretty near perfect
If you are looking for excellent protection for your engine, the belly pan from Macgyver0856 is a good choice.
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