Here is another version of linkage protection, and so far, it is the simplest yet. The Enduro Eng. Linkage Guard is a plastic extension that attaches to any skid plate and extends back to hover right below the linkage. What we like about this design compared to a few other options out there, this linkage guard bridges the gap between the bottom of the frame and the linkage. This is a vital junction since if you high-center on a log or rock, yet you have forward momentum, it looks as though the trail obstacle would have a nice, smooth path to the rear tire without slamming into the linkage. Something to note is that it is plastic and not metal. This is good and bad; the good is that things slide better on plastic, it is lightweight, and relatively cheap so replacement wouldn’t be too burdensome. The bad is that plastic is weaker than metal and when a rock or log does come into contact with the guard, the guard will still impact the linkage.