P3 Composites is a company that specializes in producing carbon fiber guards for many off road racing machines with various applications. P3 Composites makes everything from pipe guards, to heat shields, to brake guards, and boot guards, all from high strength woven carbon fiber. Also, they are an American company and their products are all made in the good ole’ USA. It was a no brainer to give them a chance to protect the tinfoil thick expansion chamber on our 2012 KTM 300xc. And with a price tag of 149.95, it is a very competitively priced product in the pipe guard market.
The P3 pipe guard we ordered came straight from P3 Composites themselves. P3 marketed the pipe guard as one that would fit all KTM 250’s and 300’s from 2011 to 2014 with either a stock or FMF pipe. When we saw this it made us a little weary about the overall fit of the guard, and were worried that it may be too universal.
It took us a while for us to actually get our hands on one of these guards. Since all the pipe guards are formed and made in house at P3 Composites, there was a pretty substantial backorder, especially for the KTM model we were choosing. This little inconvenience was all but forgotten when we first opened the box. We were very surprised by the shear thickness of the carbon fiber used to make the guard! It was nearly twice as thick as other carbon fiber guards we had tested in the past (Moose E-line)! This was a good sign as we have had issues with the ends of past carbon fiber guards chipping and losing the integrity of overall structure. We were feeling pretty confident in the overall strength of this guard compared to the competition.
Unfortunately, this pipe guard has seen a lot of abuse. Actually, every pipe guard we have ever tried has taken its fair share of abuse due to our impressive (yes, that’s what we’ll call it) riding style. This thing has definitely held up to its end of the bargain. It has seen everything from logs, to roots, to rocks flying off the back of 450’s. So far, this thing has protected our stock pipe better than anything else we have ever tried. There are no signs of stress or deterioration, which has been a common occurrence with other carbon fiber pipe guards we have tried in the past. We credit the thickness of the guard and the great fitment for its better-than-the-rest protection capabilities. The stock pipe on our 2012 300xc still looks brand new, with just a few scratches here and there. If you factor in the cost of a new aftermarket pipe, this thing has more than paid for itself.
This is by far the best pipe guard we have ever had the opportunity to test. It hands down puts the completion to shame as far as quality and protection are concerned. It is priced slightly higher than most carbon fiber guards on the market, but it more than makes up the difference in its attributes. Plus, it’s made in the USA while most others are made in China or some other foreign country. Do yourself a favor and check out P3 Composites the next time you’re in the market for protecting that trusty steed of yours.
See the rest of P3′s products here: p3carbon.com