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My swing arm is cracked at 2places 1is at the weld of the axel and the rail and above at the other weld of swing arm . Has anyone herd of this ? Please any info can help me . Kawasaki is not honoring there warranty on this saying lack of chain maintenance caused this !!!! ( WHAT ) I've had motorcycles all my life and did all maintenance . ( I'm not saying I know everything there is to know but ?????????? chain Here's a good picture
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My swing arm is cracked at 2places 1is at the weld of the axel and the rail and above at the other weld of swing arm . Has anyone herd of this ? Please any info can help me . Kawasaki is not honoring there warranty on this saying lack of chain maintenance caused this !!!! ( WHAT ) I've had motorcycles all my life and did all maintenance . ( I'm not saying I know everything there is to know but ?????????? chain

Are you just talking to your dealer or someone above them?

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If you are an american, you could blow the wistle to that organisation that govern transport (DOT, NHTSA, ???) and regularly denounce unresponsible manufacturer for not recalling defect that's putting american life in jeopardy

Or maybe the treath of that could make kawi move ...


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How would Kawasaki know that there was not proper chain maintenance? Did they send an inspector? This is just the dealer? If you can't get them to honor the warranty, do not buy a swingarm from that dealer. Tell them if they can't get it covered under warranty you will take it elsewhere to get the work done.

Why are they saying improper chain maintenance cracked the swingarm? Is there evidence of the loose chain slapping the swingarm?

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first step would be getting a second opinion
second would probably be a call to the kawi headquarters above the dealership
third might be a letter from a lawyer
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Yeah. What everyone said. I find it very hard to believe that a loose chain could slap the swingarm enough to crack it. I run my chains very loose on my track bikes and it hasn't even caused a scratch. Conversely, running it too tight.... I think you'd notice a handling /binding problem. I suppose a super tight chain could maybe cause damage, but that's a long shot.
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I'd think a loose chain would eat its way through the chain sliders and into the aluminum a bit, at the worst. I cant imagine a scenario where a loose chain would cause aluminum to crack though

Unless they're trying to say that the chain ate through the swingarm, weakening it and causing it to crack due to less material being there? In which case, lol
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We have yet to see this alleged cracked swingarm on the Peterbilt, er, Versys....
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We have yet to see this alleged cracked swingarm on the Peterbilt, er, Versys....
This might be like a previous post " Epic------------------Problem", that just fades away, off in the sunset
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On mine, those are some pretty beefy welds. Hard to see how I could get them to crack, short of a collision. Bad chain maintenance? Ok... perhaps, by having your chain run over by a truck, while still attached to the bike...
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On mine, those are some pretty beefy welds. Hard to see how I could get them to crack, short of a collision. Bad chain maintenance? Ok... perhaps, by having your chain run over by a truck, while still attached to the bike...



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Maybe he is trying to buy a use swingarm, and afterward, bang some crak in it to show us ...

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Looking at the photo, wow. Write them a letter, explaining that you are going to forward that pic along to the NHTSA, and Momma Kaw will gladly swap you for a new swingarm. Their alternative would be a recall to check everyone's swingarms for cracks. Safety issues get a heck of a lot of attention these days, and law firms get moist in the crotch when things like this arise.

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As I suspected, it is cracked but as a result of an accident, or some type of abuse... Just look at the missing chunk inside, and the bend in the swingarm. What we're missing is the rest of the story.
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it looks like someone shoved a metal rod into your sprocket or something to cause that grove in the swing arm a few inchs befor the crack
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I need to see a better picture of the crack but looking at the gouge in the inside of the swing arm and the mark on the sprocket that seems to line up with the gouge, I think someone has been prying on it for some reason or something got caught in it.
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Some sort of road debris landing at the perfect place/time to be caught and raked across the swingarm by the sprocket? the sprocket damage does appear to line up.
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Kinda looks like the damage that would happen IF one of the sprocket bolts 'backed-off'....

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As I suspected, it is cracked but as a result of an accident, or some type of abuse... Just look at the missing chunk inside, and the bend in the swingarm. What we're missing is the rest of the story.
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Maybe someone, when trying to undoing the front sprocket nut, used a small metal bar instead of a wooden block through wheel.

As only on one side and not through the rear wheel, the bar jammed at an angle and wrecked the swingarm due to excessive sideways point loading.



Swing arm now ruined / junk


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