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2007 WR450F frame damage from chain rub?


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  • picard

    TT Member

48 posts
Location: Colorado

Posted September 21, 2016 - 12:19 PM


Hello,
I've been looking at a really nice 2007 WR450F that's been used as a SM for the last year or so. It's really nice, well set up and clean with seemingly very low miles but I noticed that the main fame spar on the left side has been eaten into by the chain. I would say that there is about 1, maybe 2mm of material missing from the frame spar.
The current owner had not noticed it and was genuinely surprised when i pointed it out.

Is this too much damage? From all I hear further damage can be avoided by buying a aftermarket chain guide for the front or by wrapping the frame spar in that area with tough material (like nomex or something).

I would buy the bike but I'm worried about a potentially weakened frame. Any advice would be appreciated.

Sorry I did not take a picture of it.

 

TIA, - picard



  • Krannie McKranface
36,164 posts
Location: California
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Posted September 21, 2016 - 12:25 PM


Typical

The subframe probably has similar damage.

Even if it's cut all the way through to the inside, it's going to be fine unless you get air on a regular basis.

Many cover this area with a block of Teflon or similar.



  • picard

    TT Member

48 posts
Location: Colorado

Posted September 21, 2016 - 12:59 PM


Thanks for the quick reply!

The subframe was actually ok, just a few scuffs. It's not close to be rubbed through, so that's good to hear that it's probably OK.

 

Any opinions to the contrary?


Edited by picard, September 22, 2016 - 07:31 AM.


  • michale

    TT Bronze Member

203 posts
Location: California

Posted September 22, 2016 - 07:57 AM


Thanks for the quick reply!
The subframe was actually ok, just a few scuffs. It's not close to be rubbed through, so that's good to hear that it's probably OK.
 
Any opinions to the contrary?


I would have a plate welded over the hole for
2 reasons. Future protection and the old saying, a stitch in time saves nine.

  • Krannie McKranface
36,164 posts
Location: California
Garage View Garage

Posted September 22, 2016 - 08:06 PM


I would have a plate welded over the hole for
2 reasons. Future protection and the old saying, a stitch in time saves nine.

 

You are suggesting crocheting the repair then ??



  • Tootall281

    TT Member

59 posts
Location: Nevada

Posted September 22, 2016 - 08:07 PM


Nope, if your like me think about how you ride your bike on the street .........wide open an fast, just what it's not made for. Wr is a amazing bike but not made to ride 55+ on the highway for 2000+ miles. Forget the low miles if it was only on the street .......pass

  • 91kdx25088

    TT Silver Member

967 posts
Location: Connecticut

Posted September 22, 2016 - 08:27 PM


Nope, if your like me think about how you ride your bike on the street .........wide open an fast, just what it's not made for. Wr is a amazing bike but not made to ride 55+ on the highway for 2000+ miles. Forget the low miles if it was only on the street .......pass

Not everybody rides like a lunatic...

all the time.






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