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What is this thing????

see attached image, doohickey I've put a red box around

Whatever this chrome disc-like cover thing is, I somehow managed to lose the one on the right side of the bike, exposing some things I guess I don't want to get road grit, etc into.

What the hell is this thing called, so I can work on getting a replacement for it?
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It is the cap/cover for the swing arm. Most take them off and seal with clear silicone and re-install.


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yep, that's my plan. Once I get a replacement both are getting glued on. Grrr, that makes me angry.

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Been 4 years now and I aint had em....inly thing I can see em bein needed for is like dust covers/ornamental to keep dirt from the swingarm bushings....



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My bike was parked on its center stand nice and quiet in the garage. While working on something else I heard the faint sound of a small plastic part hitting the ground and rolling.

You guessed it, it was the swing arm cap. Just popped off by itself with no good reason. Maybe it was air pressure, humidity or change of temperature... regardless, it just fell off while the bike was parked.

Checked the other side's cap and it came off in my hand with no effort at all. Put a little silicone on the back of both and stuck them back on. 1,000 miles later they are still there.

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My bike was parked on its center stand nice and quiet in the garage. While working on something else I heard the faint sound of a small plastic part hitting the ground and rolling.

You guessed it, it was the swing arm cap. Just popped off by itself with no good reason. Maybe it was air pressure, humidity or change of temperature... regardless, it just fell off while the bike was parked.

Checked the other side's cap and it came off in my hand with no effort at all. Put a little silicone on the back of both and stuck them back on. 1,000 miles later they are still there.

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I definitely agree with gluing them on. Problem I ran into is mine were too big (too large in diameter) and when I pushed them in place, they immediately popped off again. The slippery silicone made it worse. I cleaned off all the silicone, took some sandpaper, and slowly sanded down the edges that fit into the frame by turning the cap in the sandpaper until they didn't pop off by themselves. I then took a little Permatex #2 and put it around the inside edges of the hole in the frame where the caps go. Let it set for a few minutes, and stuck the caps in place. Never had one fall off, in fact, if I ever need to remove the swing arm, I will most likely have to break the caps. I don't plan on ever needing to remove the swing arm on my bike.

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Except for cosmetics, i see no reason to have them....if you seal them on with sillycone, what happens ?...you get condensation inside, ya ???....no brainer....if ya DO sillycone em on...take a 1/16" drill bit, and drill a tiny hole in the bottom side where it wont be seen....it will reduce condensation....again....another stupid Kawi design flaw.....luckily we've fixed most of their fookups....

if ya dont drill the hole, and are in a climate that goes from hot to cold, you WILL get condensation...this in turn will turn to rust, and will destroy bushings....is the vanity worth it ?....just drill the 2 small holes below....else yer swingarm might snap off one day, lol.....



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