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post #1 of 15 Old 05-30-2007, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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06-07 Swingarm Cover Question

Has anyone removed the cover plate on the right side of the swingarm that hides the exhaust Y pipe? I can't tell if it is there as a cover or for structural reasons.
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-30-2007, 08:33 AM
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I tried, but the screws are made of cheese, and chew up really quickly. I got the top one of the three off but the others are stuck fast. This is on a bike that's done 1200miles and never seen rain, so I don't know what it will be like after a couple of years corrosion. I reckon they'll have to be drilled out and decent replacements fitted, it's a problem with late model Kawasakis, they've saved pennies by fitting poor quality fasteners.

I don't think it's structural, it looks like a cover or heat shield.
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I was able to remove mine but it was on very tight like yours so I started to wonder if it was adding flex support.
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yea stripped the shit out of all mine with less then 200 miles on the bike

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The plate is structural. It keeps down the flex. The BSB and supersport boys take them off to increase the flex but they DO NOT recomend it for the road unless you have track smooth routes where you are.

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Yep the bolts are tight and will strip easily ya need to heat them a little and they come right out found this out after the fact lost a couple on mine in the prosses then called the dealer and the mechanic said heat them up first worked like a charm
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Hammy, thanks for verifying that. The appearance led me to believe it was just protection for the Y-Pipe and exhaust valve but seeing how sturdy it was and how solidly it was attached made me wonder.
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Here is what you do, take a sturdy center punch, and center it in the bottom of the bolt holes, give the center punch a very firm whack with a big hammer several times, this will break up a little of the loctite that these bolts are held in with. Also make damn sure you have as close to a brand new hex for this operation, I used a brand new long handle allen wrench with a 10mm deep 3/8 drive socket and a 18inch extension slipped over the long end for leverage, turning ever so slowly and being very carefull to keep the wrench burried. If it looks like it is going to strip, stopp and hammer and punch some more. I got all three of mine out this way with only a very minor slip on the top right one. Here is another tip, if you can get the left two out clean you can take the plate and move it back and forth and hopefully break the torque on the upper right bolt. Kawi really went overboard with the torque and loctite on these things, they are a bitch but can be got.


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Yep the bolts are tight and will strip easily ya need to heat them a little and they come right out found this out after the fact lost a couple on mine in the prosses then called the dealer and the mechanic said heat them up first worked like a charm

Didn't you melt the paint this way? Thats why I did not try that, I know that would work, but I would have thought it would have melted the paint.


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yeah, they are a pain, i got 2 of the 3 bolts out and i completely stripped the other one. It was a very frustrating en devour.

I ended up taking it to the dealer for them to undo the stripped one, I also felt that my tank bolts were on waay too tight also, had em nrake those loose also.



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