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which is the best ?
Here is my take on the subject from what I know (or think I do ...
 

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Great comparison Dave ...... I'd pick the AP !!! ......my vote,, Geesh makes my perfex ones look like crap !!
 

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High Lifter's website says the Ricochet has a oil dranage hole but it has to come off to change the filter(Rubicon). The Ricochet can be used alone though, as the AP must be used with the AP front skid. Ricochet makes that nice rear diff skid too.
 

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Just got my Ricochet plates yesterday. Heavy duty looking product. I think I'm gonna hit them with a hole saw a couple of times to give them some drainage though as I can foresee alot of crap building up on them.
 

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Just got my Ricochet plates yesterday. Heavy duty looking product. I think I'm gonna hit them with a hole saw a couple of times to give them some drainage though as I can foresee alot of crap building up on them.
Hi,

Does the skid plate have a hole for the oil?
Lets see some pictures when you get them installed
 

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Got them on this morning. I put five 1 1/4" holes in the belly pan for the goop to escape from . Yes there is a hole for the oil drain as well as the front diff. The fit was perfect and the install was a breeze , now I can't wait to smash the crap out of them I probably should have taken pictures while it was standing on it's end but I really don't want to lift it up again(that freakin thing is heavy) so these will have to do.
 

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I would go with the AP, here is mine. I put a polish job on it!

 

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I would like the AP alot more if it stopped where the Ricochet does and didnt extend so high up into the front bumper.
 

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Too funny, after seeing the Ricochet pictures above I was thinking the opposite (the Ricochet didn't have enough).. Of course I have been known to molest a few trees on the tight trails in my area I think it all depends on the area you ride in and your riding style. Currently my factory front "skid plate" has more marks on it up high than it does down low which tells me I need the AP style... .or some tree avoidance lessons

In reality if we could combine the positives of each style we might have the perfect setup.
 

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FYI, for those with 07-08 Foremans that are considering the AP front Plate/winch mount take note:

After working with them the past few days they now have special versions with the winch mount for the 07 and 08 including the Power Steering version. They are now on APs website.

There are 2 versions, one for the older Warn 2.5, Ramsey, and most of the Chinese Knockoffs like Xtreme, Venom, Viper etc.. The other version is for the newer Warn XT/RT series.
 

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Too funny, after seeing the Ricochet pictures above I was thinking the opposite (the Ricochet didn't have enough).. Of course I have been known to molest a few trees on the tight trails in my area I think it all depends on the area you ride in and your riding style. Currently my factory front "skid plate" has more marks on it up high than it does down low which tells me I need the AP style... .or some tree avoidance lessons

In reality if we could combine the positives of each style we might have the perfect setup.
Well, maybe not as little as the Ricochet, but if it stopped just after the winch instead of having the hook holster thing it would look alot better.

Have we found an answer to if the AP front skid can be used with the Warn bumper?
 

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Well, maybe not as little as the Ricochet, but if it stopped just after the winch instead of having the hook holster thing it would look alot better.

Have we found an answer to if the AP front skid can be used with the Warn bumper?
I agree about the upper part of the AP, plus I wonder how much airflow it blocks from the lower air inlet. I may cut that section off or bend it straight back when I get mine. I will wait a little while to see if it grows on me first and/or if I notice I am running hotter than before.

Concerning the Warn bumper, from the limited pic I have seen I can't see why it wouldn't work. The lower mounting arms of the Warn bumper will go right over the upper side mounting holes of the AP skid plate. The only place you might need to trim is the same upper area we are talking about above. If you already have the Warn on yours post some pics of that area from the side as it would help to see if it will clear.

I am curious about what purpose the Warn bumper serves the Foreman? The Foreman already has a pretty good front bumper and the Warn seems to mimic the shape of the original. At first glance I only see extra weight and severe blockage of the lower air inlet for the oil cooler where the lights are on the Warn Bumper. I can see some extra center area protection, but the AP skid plate will do that anyway. The outer brush/headlight guards look to be almost the same as the original. These quick observations are why I don't understand the reason for lugging around all that extra weight. BUT, it does look pretty cool...
 

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Tommy you make a good point. The lights could be mounted different though I am sure. I like the way they look on the top of the bumper.
 

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i think it would look better and i know it would be cheaper than a warn bump to just remove the black plastic in the center weld some pipe in there and put plastic back over pipe. and do like desert hawk did and add pipe from the headlight gaurds down to where the bash plate is to add support.[fullalbumimg]484[/fullalbumimg] might be fun makeing a skid work with that extra tube thouh.
 
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