Re: Gundam's 09 Track build
Well there are a few schools of thought regarding the sliders. I personally have the small Woodcraft ones that barely protrude from the body. They do NOTHING to save your plastics, but they do make bent bars and levers less likely, as well as mangled exhausts. The big sliders or the "no-cut" bullshit people use are (in my opinion) very bad. They usually dig in while the bike slides off track and start flipping it end over end. Yard sale style, pieces flying off it as it tumbles. And the "no-cut" ones just bend that dumb bracket or shear off.
So that's that. But anyway a mangled exhaust can doesn't affect anything other than appearance. And to me, that potentially busted appearance would be better than the always-ugly sliders. If you crash hard enough to bend pipes, sliders aren't going to be saving anything.
Oh, and for real... If you're worried about potentially scratching a nice new Termi because it cost you a lot, you'll probably have been better with some GYTR or other lower-end exhaust so you could have used the money elsewhere (and you won't give a f**k when it crashes). Not trying to be a Negative Nancy, I'm just really trying to let you floss that awesome exhaust. Exhaust sliders are the opposite of that MotoGP-look you're going for (a blue and matte grey 50th anni livery would be awesome). Along those lines (aesthetics), I also want to make all those sliders and swingarm pieces black. The bodywork on race bikes is painted. The mechanicals and details are raw, black, etc. No color-matching here.
My $.02, don't take it the wrong way.