Swingarm spacers

20 February, 2016

I have emailed and telephone several local engineering firms about having some small one off jobs doing, the response I got was a load of shit, none were interested in the job.

I wanted 2 spacers making out of aluminium and 12 cylinder head studs, I was willing to pay up to £75 for these doing, it looks like engineering only want mega bucks which is disapointing as they would have had to start somewhere, anyway to cut a long story short I have a small lathe but had no tools for it so I decided to go and buy some tools and do the chuffing job myself.

Below are the 2 new spacers I have made and also a pic of my lathe.

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Goodbye Swingarm, Hello New

30 March, 2015

so the Bad Boy is out in the back yard and work has started on this mean machine.

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You can see how rusty the rear frame was. As it going to be changed into a café racer this isn’t a problem, because you just cut it off as shown in this picture

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Time to add a new swingarm

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Looking good :) The swingarm is off a Yamaha XJR1300

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this has temporarily been put into place

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You can see that the rear shocks are too slanted. My partner says he thinks that the tyre will hit the rear loop when it is welded into place so he's thinking about moving the mounting points forward by 2 inches and also to the inside of the swingarm so that the shocks are more in-line with the frame rails, at the moment they look like they are bending out wards

 

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I have to say i think he knows what he's talking about but if you would like to add or give any advice please feel free.

i had alittle chuckle to myself when i saw the bike with the swingarm in place as normally both tyres sit on the floor. With this, the back tyre was up in the air... This Bad boy needs a name. I was thinking Gump after forest with the calipers but my partner just rang and said Arnies a good name..... Any other suggestions ???