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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-09-2009, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Silicone on Chrome Swing Arm Caps?

Hey Folks --

How do you put the silicone adhesive on the chrome caps that cover the swing arm connection to prevent them from falling off?

Do I remove them first and put the silicone underneath? If so, how do the caps come off. My bike is a '94 and the caps are on VERY tight. The left one appears to be rusted on.

Can I just pust a thin bead of silicone where the cap meets the metal?

What are your thoughts?
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They pry off. My caps on my '93 have a small notch on the edge you can use a screw driver to pop them off. I used a little silicone around the inside and snapped it back on.

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X2 to above^^^^^^.

Also make sure to position the little notch so that you can get a screwdriver blade into it when you need to take it off.

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X2 to above^^^^^^.

Also make sure to position the little notch so that you can get a screwdriver blade into it when you need to take it off.
Glenn, OlHoss --

I'll look for the little notch. Many Thanx for your responses!
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Also, some have mentioned having trouble keeping the caps on while the silicone is drying.
Just use some tape to hold them on until dried and everything should be good to go!


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so what would happen if you ride around missing a cap - or both??

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I think the bike will explode. But I've been known to be wrong on this stuff.

Seriously - I lost a cap awhile ago, so I just "waterproofed" the swing arm with a bunch of grease then wiped it down. It's fine so far. I thought about making a cap instead of buying one. I was considering using tin snips to cut out the bottom of a soda can, then using silicone to put it on. Never got around to it though.

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both caps were missing when i got my bike. i bought new ones from the dealer, $10 a piece.
they are plastic however, not metal.. so i don't know what the rust would be from, unless they also made tin ones.
mine were very hard to get on straight.. i had to smack them a lot with a hammer wrapped in shop towels until it was seated around the whole perimeter.
i'm thinking they won't just fall off, but i siliconed them before installing just to be safe.

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I lost mine. I'll have to check e-bay and pay high shipping charge. But next time I will use the silicone to prevent this from happening again.
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i'm thinking they won't just fall off, but i siliconed them before installing just to be safe.
That's what most who have lost one or both thought too (myself included)
Good thing you did silicone them anyhow!!


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