Direct Drive Motor protection from small rocks on street boards?

The advent of direct drive motors leave pretty low ground clearance with street wheels on. My 85mm caguama’s only leave about 1/4" or so of clearance between the motor casing and the street. They just finished re-paving the streets in the village next to ours and it’s like riding on clay tennis courts over there. But our neighborhood streets are crap. Hasn’t been paved in more than 20 years. Lots of debris, small pebbles, crumbling blacktop, sticks, twigs, acorn shells - it’s a mess over here and my motor casings are taking a beating. I can prolly fashion something out of aluminum but wondering if any companies make anything?

I was looking for something besides just buying large 100mm+ wheels. Thanks.

Not finding anything I decided to fabricate a rock shield from sheet aluminum. The idea is for small rocks that would normally get caught under the DD’s would bounce away. Pretty junkyard dog lookin’.

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… and you can see how well that worked. LOL stupid idea (or bad execution).

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Motors are taking a beating.

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I’m not interested in the giant 100mm+ wheel weight for more clearance. Now I’m trying aluminum tape which I can just replace periodically and should help a little with heat. Looks cool… let’s see how long it lasts.

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