Can-Am Renegade Skid Plate & A-Arm Protector Kit Installation
Our Can-Am Renegade came with some small guards to cover the brakes, and a plastic skid plate out front that took a good beating.
We installed a skid plate and an A-arm protector kit, aluminum components that are light and more robust than the plastic pieces on the unit. Watch the video above and follow the steps below on how to do a Can-Am Renegade skid plate and A-arm protector kit upgrade.
Can-Am Renegade Skid Plate Installation
Step 1. Take out the center T30 Torx bolts from down below. Up on the inside of the frame, grab the nut for each bolt with a 10mm wrench wedged against the gearcase mount to hold the nut.
NOTE: Use our Can-Am Renegade skid plate diagram for reference.
Step 2. Pull the plastic plate out.
Step 3. Remove the two T30 Torx head bolts on the front of the unit.
PRO TIP: Because the winch makes this pretty tough to reach, hold the T30 bit by hand up top and remove the nuts with a wrench on the bottom.
Step 4. Remove the two bolts at the back of the metal plate.
NOTE: Our unit came equipped with a middle skid plate. If yours doesn’t have one and you plan on installing one, do this before you install the front skid plate.
Step 5. Get the new skid plate in place and hand-tighten the front bolts and their nuts first, until everything lines up, then torque them all down.
Step 6. Use an extension and a swivel with a socket on the end to get the two bolts in the center and the nuts to line up above them on the other side of the plate. Use a little electrical tape to hold each of the nuts on, then hold the nut in place over each of the bolts and hand-tighten them from underneath before torqueing them down.
Step 7. Tighten the front bolts to cinch the skid plate up and into position, which makes it easier to get the last two bolts in place.
Step 8. Thread two bolts through the skid plate and the center plate at the back and tighten them down. Use the same technique as on the middle bolts: a socket to hold the nut still while you hand-tighten first, and then get the bolts torqued down.
Can-Am Renegade A-arm Protector Kit Installation
Step 1. Remove the two bolts (a T30 Torx and the bottom and a 10mm nut at the top) that hold the plastic joint/caliper protector on each side, then simply pull the guards away.
NOTE: Use our Can-Am Renegade front suspension diagram for reference.
Step 2. Install the new guards, which have two bolts in the same locations as the bolts for the old guard, plus a third bolt that goes through a hole near the tip of the A-arm by the wheel. Each side is a mirror image of the other. Hand-tighten the bolts, and then torque everything down after everything lines up.
Step 3. Find the two holes on the front of the guard, which are for directional and side-specific rivets you’ll drive through to secure the plastic deflector. You’ll know you have them right when the curvature of the deflector aligns with the countours of the A-arm guard. Drive the rivets through the deflector and A-arm guard with a rivet gun to secure them into place and you’re done.