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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-09-2015, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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At slow speed down out my front door I dropped my precious V. At that moment the LHS of the swingarm spool must have caught a seam in the concrete; it popped off and I cannot for my life find where it went.

Goal was to find it and have it re-attached. When this didn't happen I wanted to just weld on a nut. Apparently the swingarm is alu, and not steel .

Good news is that a friend happens to enjoy projects like this and has offered to fabricate the original part specs and make a couple of them for me (for the next time apparently)

It's good to have machinist as a friend.

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This happened to my V. I chose to to buy a new lift stand for ~$75 that lifted the rear swing arm from the bottom with plates as I could not find a cheap used swing arm which I would have done if I was able to. Lifting without spools is more difficult and the bike is less stable on the stand.

Option two, buy a used swing arm for $100 - http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=81649 - this is easy to replace if you have a hydraulic floor car jack or can borrow one, place it under the foot peg and lift the bike to balance it on the kick stand and front wheel. I will vouch for the member selling this item as trustworthy as I know him personally.

Option three - I looked at removing my rear swing arm and taking it to a metal fab shop. They can weld on a new aluminum block and tap it with the right size threads. Only issue is welding will destroy paint on swing arm and they cannot perfectly align hole with the old one so bike may be less stable than it originally was on lift stand. Estimated cost was $125 when I did this. Also the aluminum block was only to be rough cut.

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Greg you know i have swingarm for sale ... Hint. Hint
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was there a change from Gen 1 to Gen 2 in regard to the swing-arm specs?

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Mike, what year is your bike?
bikebandit has them listed as same part numbers ... so I assume, they are no different
this is for NON-ABS bike


gen1
part number
2789802

gen2 '10/'11/'12/do not see '13 listed
part number
2789802
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You can TIG weld it, and get a centerstand too, if you don't have a lowered bike. And actually you can get a lowered centerstand by migwelding/cutting the SW steel centerstad. MIG welding is not rocket science and anyone who welds can do it for cheap, PLUS you would lower the weight of the centerrstand: win-win scenario :-)

All of you people with lowered bikes should just adapt the SW centerstand, but you still have to buy the centerstand first. It would be hard for me to ever be without a centerstand for maintenance and tire/chain routine every other day aids. Do you strap a lift on your back when touring on the ONLY supermoto touring bike? You don't tour on the only midrange cam supermoto tourer? Shame on you!

All it takes is ONE member to start, and EVERYONE would do it then. On BMW F650 Chain Gang site, all the height challenged people cut their centerstands and share notes: but you can always add and subtract metal legs as needed.

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Mike, what year is your bike?
bikebandit has them listed as same part numbers ... so I assume, they are no different
this is for NON-ABS bike


gen1
part number
2789802

gen2 '10/'11/'12/do not see '13 listed
part number
2789802
2012.

Can you calculate shipping to AZ USA 85213 ?

Conditions of bearings etc?

You're likely in luck trying to get rid of it soon...

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