TeriyakiBlaster Posted June 27, 2020 Share Posted June 27, 2020 I had a brilliant ride last weekend, roughly 700km of gravel and twisty roads. About an hour down a logging road and nearing our campsite for the night, we stopped to admire some scenery when I dropped the bike on the right side for the first time. Ironically, I was only moving it to prevent a nearby KTM 1190 from tipping over into it on the soft uneven dirt. In any case, we picked it up and gave it a once over and there didn’t appear to be any damage at all so we were on our way. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that the muffler had bent in slightly, enough to contact swingarm. I had previously seen another thread about this where one member described the exhaust hanger as being made of cheese, and mine was certainly no exception. I really should have paid more attention to it. It wasn’t until I got the bike home and was giving it a wash that I discovered this damage. So after sulking about it for a few days I decided I should clean up the damage. If this happens to your bike, you need to assess your damage and weigh the risk of repair vs. swingarm replacement for yourself - or seek a professional opinion before going ahead. Though I am an aircraft structures tech by trade, I don’t claim to be an absolute expert on this kind of thing and would advise you to proceed with caution. The swingarm is hollow and of minimal wall thickness, and this repair will do effectively nothing to restore the original strength - only for aesthetic and corrosion prevention purposes. In any case, I measured the damage to be about 0.008” deep and a fairly smooth contour with no signs of cracking or anything of that nature. You want a metal epoxy that will bond with the aluminum and fill in the damaged/missing material, and allow you to sand and re-paint the area once it’s cured. I chose JB Weld KwikWeld as it sets in 6 minutes and cures in 4 hours. There are several products that will work, but for obvious reasons I didn’t want to leave the bike in this position for too long so that’s the one I chose. To be continued... 8 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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