Rusty swingarm pivot caps

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Rusty swingarm pivot caps

Post by sparrowhawwk » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:47 pm

Getting the old 83 back on the road and ran into a situation I have seen before. The chrome on most of the swingarm pivot covers is rusty and peeling. An easy fix I have used many times is to simply replace them with plastic cap plugs. The plugs have a nice textured finish and along with the cosmetic improvement they also seal the tube. The ones I use for this are 1 3/4". The 1 1/2" also work well to plug the intake holes when you have the carbs off. They seal much better than an old piece of rag and will not fall out. :idea:

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Re: Rusty swingarm pivot caps

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:22 pm

That's an excellent idea. My 1100 never had caps of any kind over the pivot bolts, those would have fit perfectly and looked great.

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Re: Rusty swingarm pivot caps

Post by patbrandon1 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:14 am

When I saw one of mine missing, I happened to be drinking a quart bottle of Powerade. Just for grins, I held the cap next to the hole to see if it was close to the size. It fit almost perfectly. I did wrap one layer of electrical tape around the edge, and it snugged it up just right. I was just going to leave it in until I found some plugs. I looked at a couple places for plugs, but no luck yet. When I pointed out the cap rig to my buddy, he said it looked original. You can't even tell it is a bottle top. But I will still look for the plug caps, but not as hard as I should I guess.

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