Ok here the deal. I am 6'5"so I am not lowering my bike but jacking it is a real experience. I am tired of the XC teetering on the jack. I have a VTX stand that works well with my other bike and I would like to be able to use it on my XC. I have looked at the skid plates and although a little over priced (what bike accessory isn't) it looks to be a good option. So the one from hmd520.com is made from steel and the one from Witchdoctor is aluminum. Im not sure I trust the formed aluminum with the weight of the bike on a jack for the long haul but weight is a factor. Anyone have experience with these?