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Old 07-09-2019, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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do I have a bent swing arm?

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axel nut loosened up and sucked in one of my swing arm adjusters, when I went to replace it I noticed my swing arm had a slight bend on the belt side. Not sure if the swing arms have a natural bend that closes when the axel nut is tighten or if I messed up the swingarm when it sucked in the axel alignment bolt/plate.

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What does all this mean? Axle nut loosened up. Weren't you using the spring clip in the castle nut to keep it from turning on it's own? How about the 60-65 ft. lbs. of torque on the nut?

What do you mean "sucked in one of my axle adjusters"? Do you mean the axle nut sucked the adjuster in? No comprendo. As far as I can tell, there isn't anything creating any suction in that area.

What did you replace? Axle nut? Adjuster?

Anyway, There is (or should be) no bend in the rear sections of the swingarm, both sides, from where it spreads out to clear the tire. Did you have the wheel off and forget to put the axle spacers back in? There's one on each side.
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What does all this mean? Axle nut loosened up. Weren't you using the spring clip in the castle nut to keep it from turning on it's own? How about the 60-65 ft. lbs. of torque on the nut?

What do you mean "sucked in one of my axle adjusters"? Do you mean the axle nut sucked the adjuster in? No comprendo. As far as I can tell, there isn't anything creating any suction in that area.

What did you replace? Axle nut? Adjuster?

Anyway, There is (or should be) no bend in the rear sections of the swingarm, both sides, from where it spreads out to clear the tire. Did you have the wheel off and forget to put the axle spacers back in? There's one on each side.
Off topic, but looking at your build in your sig reminds me of my 98" motor w/585s and CV44. That was a great-running, smooth motor! Had my crank not shifted I'd still have it.

OP - if your swingarm is AFU I might have a takeoff from my 03. You might also look into an aluminum one from these guys:

https://brocksperformance.com/v-twin...arms/h-d-dyna/

Spendy, but you won't believe the difference in weight.
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Man they sure are proud of those swingarms aren't they. They look real nice but for $1300? I could help a lot of "single moms" pay their "college bills" for that amount.
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Well, you could go down to your local Harley Boutique and give them about eleven bills for a stock replacement. Doesn't sound so bad now. Gotta love those guys that part out wrecks usually for real reasonable prices.
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Man they sure are proud of those swingarms aren't they. They look real nice but for $1300? I could help a lot of "single moms" pay their "college bills" for that amount.
$1300 get you no where with college bills now days.
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Man they sure are proud of those swingarms aren't they. They look real nice but for $1300? I could help a lot of "single moms" pay their "college bills" for that amount.
$1300 get you no where with college bills now days.
Well I’m pretty sure those lovely ladies of the night getting my single dollars onstage aren’t in college anyway so it works out.
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Well, you could go down to your local Harley Boutique and give them about eleven bills for a stock replacement. Doesn't sound so bad now. Gotta love those guys that part out wrecks usually for real reasonable prices.
Ya if I were looking at a new one from Harley and it was 1100 I’d for sure upgrade then haha. But I’d rather just a used one in the $200 range
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Well I’m pretty sure those lovely ladies of the night getting my single dollars onstage aren’t in college anyway so it works out.
Are you tellin me those lovely ladies working at "Jiggles" were NOT going to the University of Oregon when I lived there???

I am horrified I was lied to......LOL
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What does all this mean? Axle nut loosened up. Weren't you using the spring clip in the castle nut to keep it from turning on it's own? How about the 60-65 ft. lbs. of torque on the nut?

What do you mean "sucked in one of my axle adjusters"? Do you mean the axle nut sucked the adjuster in? No comprendo. As far as I can tell, there isn't anything creating any suction in that area.

What did you replace? Axle nut? Adjuster?

Anyway, There is (or should be) no bend in the rear sections of the swingarm, both sides, from where it spreads out to clear the tire. Did you have the wheel off and forget to put the axle spacers back in? There's one on each side.


everything was torqued appropriately. I was doing a rolling burnout standing up, then sat down hard to turn it into a wheelie. when I did that the torque pulled the tire on the belt side and pulled in the axle adjuster at the end of the swingarm. Pulled the bolt 90% of the way through the end plate.

Both wheel spacers were in place as they should be. The left side of the axel pulled forward while the right side stayed in its adjusted position. Basically torque on the sprocket pulled the tire in on that side; pulling the adjuster plate and bolt inside the swingarm.
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everything was torqued appropriately. I was doing a rolling burnout standing up, then sat down hard to turn it into a wheelie. when I did that the torque pulled the tire on the belt side and pulled in the axle adjuster at the end of the swingarm. Pulled the bolt 90% of the way through the end plate.

Both wheel spacers were in place as they should be. The left side of the axel pulled forward while the right side stayed in its adjusted position. Basically torque on the sprocket pulled the tire in on that side; pulling the adjuster plate and bolt inside the swingarm.
LOL!! That explains it!! Happens every time!
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I was doing a rolling burnout standing up, then sat down hard to turn it into a wheelie. when I did that the torque pulled the tire on the belt side and pulled in the axle adjuster at the end of the swingarm. Pulled the bolt 90% of the way through the end plate.
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