This is how I've been putting my bike on the stands since the spool piece broke off.In the meantime you can put a steel rod through the axle and lift by it. I wrap masking tape around the rod so that it matches the axle's I.D., which varies along its length.
This member (and others) knows what he's talking about!It's repairable...yes, if done by a competent welder, it will be more than strong enough to hold the bike's weight.
No, in this case it doesn't have to be heat treated. There are lots of different flavors of aluminium...our GSXR's are mass produced, and use alloys that don't need lots of extra welding prep...it would be cost prohibitive on the assembly line.
But as suggested above, used swing arms aren't that expensive and it's a good time to perform some maintenance while you're already in there.
Disconnect the ground cable from the battery on any vehicle that is being welded on...that's all, no more...just break the circuit.
Thanks. Just wondering how to support the bike if you remove the swing arm? Since this swing arm pivot lifting stand goes thru the pivot it can't be used while removing the swing arm.Remove the swingarm if you're going to weld it. You're asking for a half-assed job otherwise.
There are lifts that raise the bike by the swingarm pivot. Here's a cheap-ass one:
Alternately, if you have an overhead lift, you can pick it up by a rod through the swingarm pivot or by other parts of the bike. But it sounds like you don't have such a lift.