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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Unplug your swingarm!

If your bike is anything like mine (a pretty blue '09) and she has any time on her at all...you just might want to check that little hole in your swingarm...right in front of and below your axle nut....

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Hole? What hole?


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Does anyone know if an 09 swingarm will fit a 10+?

Looks like it will but welcome any advice, thanks.

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Which side of the bike?


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Both sides but one is a bit further back than the other. There was a member who actually had corrosion to the point of being able to poke through the swingarm so do keep them clear!

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Yeap!. swing arm does take water and it take quite a bit of time to drain. I usually, after wash blow air from the front and also keep the bike on Paddock stand to drain the water off.

Just watch out...thanks for head up on the issues.


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I dont have holes...ive got spools there...
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Seriously...check the sprocket side on the bottom.

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So much water was in there the last time I checked it.


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Thanks for the tip. Mine was dry but a lot of chain grease under there. I can see how they get plugged. I'm going to have to do a better job on bath day.
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Yes good reminder! Thanks!

Anyone increase the size of the holes yet? What do you think?





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Seriously...check the sprocket side on the bottom.
Ill look again when i get off....i got caught in a WICKED storm yesterday for an hour and a half...if it collects water...its gotta be full haha
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Thank heaven for this blessed forum!
This water dripping issue have been puzzling me for the last month. Thanks for the solution - now the bike is about 1 dl of water lighter..

I have a 2011 - is there a drain hole on the right side swing? I canīt find one.
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This seems like a great tip, but for the life of me, I'm not sure where to be looking. I see one small screw on the sprocket side, on the bottom of the swingarm. On the right side, there are 2 small holes, look to be same size, but nothing is covering them.

Any clarification is much appreciated.

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This seems like a great tip, but for the life of me, I'm not sure where to be looking. I see one small screw on the sprocket side, on the bottom of the swingarm. On the right side, there are 2 small holes, look to be same size, but nothing is covering them.

Any clarification is much appreciated.

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Swingarm Drain Holes 08

These are cameraphone pics of the underside of an 08. No, I don't clean the underside of my swingarm often but I do keep the holes open.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...hp?albumid=434

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Thanks for the pics TIG. Are people suggesting that the screw be removed from the left side? I already have the open holes (2) on the right. I guess I don't need to do anything to that side???

Appreciate the help.

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These are cameraphone pics of the underside of an 08. No, I don't clean the underside of my swingarm often but I do keep the holes open.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...hp?albumid=434
Thank's for the info and the pic !!!


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Hereby answering my own question. The drain hole on a bike with ABS is on the inside of the right part of the swing. (Not visible here, but just above the arrow)
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There are definitely drain holes in both the swing arms for all models.

Just take you time to clean and check and make sure you get the water off as you guys often ride on salt. We are a bit safe here as its only water and alloy dont rust with water, but with salt that a different ball game.

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