Summer will be here before you know it so I want to make sure the westy is ready to go so I got started today.
Last 2 summers I had to stow oldest daughter’s bike on the roof which was less than convenient.
I plan to put an additional rack on the back for the coming summer and I have a 2” receiver hitch and rack so the plan is to use that. I’ll have to modify the receiver hitch though as it was made to bolt to a stock syncro skid plate. So before that can happen I need to install the Bostig skid plate.
The first step to installing the Bostig skid plate was to get the old power steering reservoir mounting bracket out of the way (the Bostig kit mounts the PS fluid reservoir elsewhere, as you can see below).
I wasn’t’ really sure how I was going to get it out of there as it is welded in place and there is not a lot of room in that vicinity, but luckily there was just enough room to get in there with a cut off wheel on my die-grinder.
It ended up coming out reasonably easily and I got the area cleaned up, primed and painted.
Next step is installing the Bostig skid plate. It is 3/8” think and really heavier duty than I need but I wanted something to protect the crank pulley area of the engine in case I back into a stump or something.
PS – gotta love the Bostig skid plate video.