Specialty tool for Swingarm nut


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Specialty tool for Swingarm nut

Post by davemik » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:44 pm



So, I'm in the process of reassembling my ride and I have need of a socket to torque the castle nut on the left side of the swingarm. Went online and the best I could do was $56 with shipping and a week to get it. Then, I got to thinking I could make one out of a piece of pipe and weld on a handle. No way to torque it and no pipe that's exactly the right diameter. Then I thought, sockets come in graduated O.D.'s and they are hardened steel. IO found a 28MM socket was exactly the right size. I held the nut against the socket and marked the lands and grooves with a Sharpie. I used a cutoff wheel in the 4" grinder to slot the grooves, and a thick grinding wheel to cut out the slots and adjust the sizes. Just go slow. Grind a little, check the fit, grind a little, etc.

28 MM socket: eight bucks
Time to make it: 30 minutes
Having a Swingarm socket tonight: Priceless! :D
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Re: Specialty tool for Swingarm nut

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:16 pm

I did the same thing (useful also for the triple tree castle nut) to build mine from a socket.

However there is a cheaper alternative: This is actually meant for BMX bikes, but it fits ours great, and it's only $14:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000A ... UTF8&psc=1

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Re: Specialty tool for Swingarm nut

Post by davemik » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:24 pm

Thanks, WingAdmin! I'll keep it in mind 'cause the next time I need it I'm sure it will be lost!
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Re: Specialty tool for Swingarm nut

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:58 pm

I think it was made from a 36mm socket for the steering head bearing.



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