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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-26-2009, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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What's the deal about the swing-arm caps?

Do these things just fall off? (that's ridiculous ... talk about ridiculous ....government trying to pass a law to change the climate of the earth lol,.. but i digress!~)

I don't want to lose mine if I can help it, is it as inevitable as as I am hearing? Any advice?

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Do these things just fall off? (that's ridiculous ... talk about ridiculous ....government trying to pass a law to change the climate of the earth lol,.. but i digress!~)

I don't want to lose mine if I can help it, is it as inevitable as as I am hearing? Any advice?

Thanks guys.

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Remove the caps then install them with silicone.


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I lost one swing arm cap and haven't found a replacement yet. I been checking e-bay for one but had no luck so far.
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I lost one and bought two at CheapCycleParts.com but they don't fit. I siliconed them in place with the bottom portion of the cap not properly seated, and you can't tell. They haven't moved and I did this 6 months ago.

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I got one from ronayers.com. It's part number 11012-1433. The description is "Cap Swing Arm"...If you just get "Cap," you transposed a digit and will get a boomerang-shaped piece for an ATV, not that I'd know anybody who would do that.

The price I paid for the cap was $8.96, but shipping is brutal on a cheap piece if you don't find something else you also need to order along with it.

Mine fit fine. Smear some silicone on the OD of the flange of the cap, slide it into the recess, and tap lightly all around the outside with a rubber mallet.

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Hey John B, I found a pair of swing arm caps on eBay just now. I don't know how to link a webpage but the eBay item# is 370221078162. Hope this helps.

I silconed mine on too almost a year ago and so far so good! Later....

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I was looking at a few other things and just noticed those too.

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I don't want to lose mine if I can help it, is it as inevitable as as I am hearing?
Yes. And more than likely they will fall off in colder tempature. I had a 2002 that I bought new, and the caps were sitting on the floor of my garage 18 months after I bought the bike.

The suggestions on using silicone sealant to hold them on are the standard fix. This allows you to pry them off if need be, but will pretty much hold them on forever.

You of course can order the parts through your local Kaw dealer and not have to pay shipping costs, if you end up losing one, (or both)


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I lost two due to the cold and got replacements from my local Kaw Dealer for $10 each and since then I have also siliconed them in place and they are still there!!

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I didn't even know I was missing them for a long time, until I saw another 750 in person. At first it won't seem like they even fit. If you try to just pop them into the opening they will pop right back out. Put the silicone adhesive around the edge then duct-tape them in tightly overnight. Mine are still there two years later.

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