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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-16-2009, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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swing arm pivot covers

I am looking for a set of covers that cover the swing arm pivot,some are probably chrome and some painted,any will do.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-16-2009, 01:21 PM
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Ahhh, the famous swing arm cap.
I've lost two already - one of them was brand new!

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or your local Kawi Dealer.
When you get them, use clear silicone caulk to keep them on.

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I got mine from Cheapcycleparts.com. The shipping will suck if that's all your getting, but if you need other parts too it's not so bad. Occasionally they're on ebay too.

What msh said about the silicone. While you have the silicone out, do the lock on the trunk compartment too. It will vibrate loose and fall out while your riding if you don't. While you have the trunk open put some duct tape on the back of the hinge because it will eventually break and the whole door will fall off.

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I bought mine at cheapcycleparts.com too. They didn't fit well at all. I siliconed them on with the top part in and the bottom half not seated, but the silicone has been holding it in place over 6 months now. You can't notice it unless you look below the caps.

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The newer ones are made for a tighter fit, you have to knock them on with a rubber mallet or what ever you have.


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Tried that, and just about everything else, but wasn't successful. Thought about returning them but I had them for about a month before I got around to them, and I didn't think they would take them back.

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I have the same problem with my one new one, and it's not an issue of getting it seated all the way - it's getting it to STAY put. Mine has been known to pop back out - surely how I lost the first replacement. I've now seated it with the silicone and held it in for a bit - for now it's holding. I even thought of applying a small amount of heat to the prongs to bend them in a teeny bit. If it pops again I'm going to do that, followed by the silicone.

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Cheap, good looking? fix

Go to any truck stop and look for their lug nut covers. You will find they are just slightly larger diameter than the stock swing arm covers. Take a pair of tin snips and make four cuts in the bottom flange of the nut cover. Push it all the way into the swing arm housing. It should stay quite nicely. you can get them with an acorn style or with the classic trucker "reclining nudie, motif" I have the acorn and I think they look as good as the original covers although they stick out a bit.
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Just a thought - couldn't we simply cut away half of the underlying bottom flang of the swing arm cap, and then there won't be anything that's too tight to fit into the frame so it won't pop out. Then simply silicone the edge of the frame where the cap goes and the remaining half of the underlying flange, and press the cap on until it seals. It should look, fit and hold just fine.

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Just as an FYI.. One of the things I have noticed is that this time of year seems to be when the swing arm caps pop off.
The caps are plastic and the swingarm is metal.. different excpansion rates for the materials. The silicone helps make up the difference.
Also as a possible replacement.. I believe someone used the metal piece from the end of a Pillsbury biscuit tube (the little/skinny ones). I haven't tried it since mine are siliconed in, but might be a cheaper alternative to the $8 caps, plus you get biscuits ta boot!

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