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How to remove the swing arm

I would like to remove my swing arm over the winter to have a machine shop fix a damaged spool mount.

What is the best way to support the bike to do this?
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I made up this little adaptor out of wood, put it under my muffler, my V on front & rear stands, then jacked till the rear was supported. I also put two tie-downs between the handlebars and garage-door opener mount IN CASE it decided to roll over.

Hope this helps.
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Pretty much what I did
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Expect having to handle the swingarm with the drive chain still looped in it, unless you cut the chain. You'll also need to remove front sprocket, unless you cut the chain.

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I would like to remove my swing arm over the winter to have a machine shop fix a damaged spool mount.

What is the best way to support the bike to do this?
My swing arm also has a damaged spool mount. The swing arm is very light. I will get both my spool mounts reinforced when I do mine.
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Expect having to handle the swingarm with the drive chain still looped in it, unless you cut the chain. You'll also need to remove front sprocket, unless you cut the chain.
I'm not sure why invader said you need to remove the front sprocket.... Here're 2 pics showing his message.
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The picture shows working on the swingarm close to the bike. Can you remove the chain from the sprocket and take the swingarm to the workbench?.
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An extra shot of WD-40 should clear the chain from the sprocket.
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you could use a paddock stand that lifts the bike from the frame, leaving the swing arm free..
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I have a 16 tooth sprocket so I will probably have to cut the chain. I have no problems fitting a joining link.
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You have to remove front sprocket, be it a 15T or 16T... You can always wrap the chain and leave it with the swingarm to have it repaired.
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The picture shows working on the swingarm close to the bike. Can you remove the chain from the sprocket and take the swingarm to the workbench?.
I guess you could, by removing the front sprocket (maybe THAT'S what invader meant...), then you could work on the bench. I admit I never thought of that.

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