Posted November 24, 2001 - 01:54 PM
I took it to welding shop that the local Yamaha dealer recommended and the gut did a fantastic job. He prepped it by grinding the crack then reinforced the weld with a nice, thick bead of aluminum. And he only charged me $35. I got it back together and went for a hard ride yesterday. Everything seems as good as new. It was lucky that I noticed it when I did. A new swingarm is $500!
[ November 24, 2001: Message edited by: Rich in Orlando ]
Posted November 25, 2001 - 06:19 AM
Posted November 25, 2001 - 10:06 PM
Posted November 25, 2001 - 05:51 PM
Posted November 25, 2001 - 06:03 PM
I think part of the reason the crack formed was due to a very loose chain. I had over 2-1/2 inches of free play in the chain just before the crack formed. I think the chain was hammering the top of the swingarm and contributed to the crack.
I now use double sided tape to secure the chain slider to the swingarm, as suggested on Thumpertalk. A friend of mine with a YZF brought up the idea of glueing a thick piece of rubber (like a truck tire innertube) to the swingarm first, then installing the chain slider. I may try this when I replace the slider again to keep the swingarm from getting damaged.