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swingarm issues.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by koyuga, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. koyuga

    koyuga XS650 Enthusiast

    Purchased a downward off eBay.
    Read on the web about some guy welding up the gaps in the plate near the pivot.
    Got the local fab shop to weld it up.
    Fitted it on the bike but the wheel and spacer won't fit.
    Measured the internal axle width at 207 mm.
    My old axle is 225.
    Could it have shrunk.
    Or is it off a 400.
  2. koyuga

    koyuga XS650 Enthusiast

    Frickin autotext.
    Swing arm has shrunk
  3. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Anybody wanna take a guess at what word was replaced with "downward"?

    I got nuttin'

    Try forum searches on "spread axle plate" and "spread swingarm"...
  4. angus67

    angus67 Welder's penetrate deeper!!

    gggGary likes this.
  5. koyuga

    koyuga XS650 Enthusiast

    Thx. Yeah swingarm.
    Will try spreading axle.
  6. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    Bloody axle will be hard to spread.............wouldn't try it on a swing-arm either..........

    post some pics and we can identify if it is an XS650
    gggGary likes this.
  7. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Yeah the welding coulda done it. Not sure why you would weld those gaps shut. That gap wasn't a cost saving measure. do some search on stress risers, fatigue cracking. Then; if the arms have moved it's likely the pivot bushings are no longer in alignment or round? typically critical bores like that are final bored AFTER the swing arm is welded up.
  8. azman857

    azman857 '80 XS 650SG Rider XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    If you are going for looks, I'd brace it. Sporty looking and practical.

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