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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-08-2011, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question Anybody lose a swing arm cap ?

I lost one a few weeks back... neighbor found it but did not know what it was ! lol I also found one near the front door of a Walmart.. with two cracks in it...had been run over. Anybody else experiencing this cooler weather problem ?

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-08-2011, 02:22 PM
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Yep a lot of people have had this problem, including me, especially if they didn't attach them with RTV.
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If you apply some clear silicone to the lip, they tend to stay put better. Without it, it's only a matter of time before they leave........

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I used to find mine laying on the floor next to the bike when it gets cold.

A little smear of silicone and reinstall will fix that problem.
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Mine popped to

The first cool night I found one of mine laying in the garage next to the bike.

Bubble gum or silicon works well.

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Yes much like the leaves, they seem to start falling off this time of year when the temps begin to drop.

My only guess why is the weak spring contracts in the cold and they fall off.

Silicone them in. If yours have not fallen off yet it's a good idea to do this before they do.

There should be a must read sticky in this forum outlining all the needed Preventive Maintance every new owner should know.... Like also siliconing the tool box lock before it falls out .....

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I tried to attach mine with silicone, but they just popped right back off. I removed the silicone, sanded the edges down a bit to where they fit without falling out, then put a small amount of Permatex #2 on the edges of the covers and the frame, let it dry for awhile, and stuck them back. 60,000 miles ago.

Kawasaki molded these covers, or at least some of them, wrong. They are to big to fit, and when you push them in, and release them, they pop right back out. Silicone, being slippery until it dries, makes it worse. I have noticed Kawasaki's QC on several Vulcan 750 parts, including cam chain tensioners, to be terrible. While new parts are available, I'll bet they are being made by old worn out tooling.

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But they are only "decorative", so what is the big deal?
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I think that they serve as dust covers for the swing arm bearing.

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Originally Posted by niterider View Post
I think that they serve as dust covers for the swing arm bearing.

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