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Jan 22, 2010

Swingarm Buddy Install, Chain Adjuster Bolt Repair

What do you do if you break your chain adjuster bolt off in your swingarm? The first thing I did was panic, then I tried an easy out. After that didn't work I had to temporarily thread a nut onto the stud in order to have enough adjustment to be able to shave down my axle block and get the chain tensioned correctly for a trip I was going on the next day. I had heard about the "10 minute permanent fix" for my problem called the "swingarm buddy", but I put it off because my temporary fix was working. In order to do sprocket changes and/or replace the chain, I knew I was going to have to have a better solution, so I decided to put this fix to the test. I can say that for me, it was not a 10 minute fix, but I think the bolt was heat hardened from me attempting to remove the bolt with various methods before. After dulling and re-sharpening many bits, and wandering out of center from the bolt a bit, I was left with something that would have worked fine, but wasn't really what I had in mind. The adjuster bolt would stay in place if tension was on it, but it would fall out when the axle was removed. Also, it was hard to keep the plate from moving when adjusting the tension. A quick and easy fix was to drill 4 dimples into the swingarm to match the nubs on the plate to keep it from spinning and then secure the plate with JB Weld. This was a fairly easy and inexpensive fix, and one that I think I can live with now.

4 comments:

  1. sounds like something i would have to send to the repair shopthe putz...still don't know how to post to you on anything but anon...it is the only thing that will take

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  2. Great post man. I love your blog! It's great for offroaders like me!

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  3. yeah thats right!! I love your blog too and enjoyed every post u make..thanks

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  4. A man that can swing spanners on his own toys is my kind of guy. The final solution came out just dandy, and I salute your efforts! You sure got a streak of MacGyver about you.

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