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post #1 of 12 Old 10-19-2006, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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Aftermarket Chain Guides

Does anyone have an aftermarket chain guide installed on their swingarm? That little stock flap seems kind of pathetic compared to some aftermarket offerings for other bikes. Even "Universal" models wrap all the way around the chain.

I was just wondering, because I removed my fling guard up top for some cleaning and maintenance, and I like it gone. I use chainwax and I'm not too concerned with grease flinging on my tires. Looks cleaner. But that little bottom flappy thing is attached to the top guard in a convoluted bracket piece cobbled together with some scrap steel, I sure was lying around the production floor at Kawasaki, Thailand.

Anyway, I want to beef up the chain guide protection, and was wondering if anyone has already done so?
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-19-2006, 07:11 PM
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I am interested in this also.
The DPO took the guard & guide off along with the rest of the protective stuff.

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I took my guard off last year and never replaced it. I don't lube my chain so that isn't a problem. Nice and clean for the most part. The chain has been on for 5 years now and is still in great shape. I clean it once a year or so. Xring DID. I have never heard of aftermarket chain guards. :c00201
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-19-2006, 07:48 PM
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i cut away the top part and left the lower bracket that holds the white part on the bottom of the swingarm.
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-19-2006, 09:00 PM
 
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I've been working on this one myself. Looks like a worth while mod and I'm just down to a lack of time and energy.

From what I can tell the addition of a chain guide below the swing arm to help guide the chain to the rear sprocket will require designing a bracket for the chain guide and then pulling the swing arm and welding the bracket on.
From the photos, Patman appears to have done something like this to get his on, I haven't asked for details as I'm not ready to do this just yet, but soon.

Bones is trying to sell a swing-arm which is tempting to get to do design work, just more than I need to deal with this winter.

I suppose to be a truly Hot mod, we'll need to get the new KLX450R chain guide. Should be worth another .5hp too!

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post #6 of 12 Old 10-20-2006, 04:28 PM
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I don't have a chain guard, front sprocket guard, or chain guide. 10000 miles so far with no ill effects.... looks cleaner, IMO.
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-21-2006, 03:03 AM
 
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I run a fredette -13 chainguide, you need to move it outboard a bit with a couple of washers, i can't reember how i did mine, but it became obvious what's needed when i looked at it.

http://www.frpoffroad.com/catalog/de...aspx?ProdID=19

It's got reversible blocks, aluminium sideplates, and countersunk hardware. Infinitely better than the stock dinglyturd. I run without a chainguard or countersprocket cover.


Definitely worth it, but i'd still like to find the legendary Wikit chainguide, the only one i've ever seen is on Patman's bike. I think he traded bacon for alien technology to get it though, because i've searched, and so have others.
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-21-2006, 10:48 AM
 
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Nice find HighDezert. I had been looking at the products available from TM Designworks, but the Fredette is cheaper.

any additional info/pics on how you have yours mounted up would be great.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-21-2006, 07:52 PM
 
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I found a post from Patman on ADV where he talks about his chain guide. Says he made it out of hardened aluminum angle. Took days and he has been trying to figure out a way to duplicate the effort consistently. The guide is designed to feed the chain directly to the sprocket which means the wheel has to be set up properly and the guide does not go in the middle of the swingarm or directly parallel to it. rather one needs to locate the proper postition that puts the chain guide parralled and directly over center of the chain travel.

I'm in overdrive trying to finish my garage and have time to start exploring these mods.

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post #10 of 12 Old 10-22-2006, 12:20 AM
 
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I run a fredette -13 chainguide, you need to move it outboard a bit with a couple of washers, i can't reember how i did mine, but it became obvious what's needed when i looked at it.

http://www.frpoffroad.com/catalog/de...aspx?ProdID=19

It's got reversible blocks, aluminium sideplates, and countersunk hardware. Infinitely better than the stock dinglyturd. I run without a chainguard or countersprocket cover.


Definitely worth it, but i'd still like to find the legendary Wikit chainguide, the only one i've ever seen is on Patman's bike. I think he traded bacon for alien technology to get it though, because i've searched, and so have others.
I take it you mean 01-013 part number for the one you used?
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