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Hi Gixxers.
I had a crash and one of the rear bike peg piece broke off from the frame. Anyone know if this can be welded? See pics for reference. This is where the bike stand lifts the bike from. If welded, will it hold the weight?

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For this time you can use flat lifting attachments if you want to do this next winter.
Because aluminum (frame/chassis) welding is a circus of heating the metal aluminium in an oven, weld and then back in the oven to cool slow.
So I would try to find a welder that knows motorcycle aluminum welding and bring the swing arm without other pieces. It can probably be welded when wheel is removed, just easier for the welder if piece can be turned and moved easy.

Maybe replace swing arm bearings while there?


If welded correctly I would trust it for sure, that is no issue. (for me... )
 

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Aluminum is difficult to weld. I had a boat specialist weld aluminum for me before. Just think if that piece breaks off while the bike is up on the stand... :cry: plus you will be worried about it every time you use the stand. And someone inevitably will come over and sit on the bike. I would get a new swingarm or find a different way to use the stand.
 

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Thanks for the responses. I think I'll just go with the different rear stand that doesn't use the pools but lift from under the swing arm. Not as stable as lifting with swing arm but better than nothing. I need to get my tire changed and realized I can't use the stand to remove the wheel.

A friend told me to ensure the electrical is completely removed from the bike like battery ecu and anything else grounded to the chasis because welding will fry the electrical. Can anyone confirm this?

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Used swingarms are dirt cheap, if it bothers you too much get a new one. Its a good opportunity to grease the swingarm and linkage bearings.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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 is how I've been putting my bike on the stands since the spool piece broke off.

The reason the spool mounting on the swing arm came up is because I need to remove the rim to replace the tires. So the rod method won't work.

To add to my problems I might have thrown out the broken spool piece thinking I'm good with the rod thru the axle method and didn't even think about what if I need to remove the wheels. Silly of me.

I have a few good options thanks to all of you. I can weld a new piece from another swing arm since I don't have the means or the expertise to pull out the entire swing arm. Or the more simple approach to use the other type of stand that lifts from under the swing arm. Which is the method I'll have to use until I can find a used swing arm and cut the little willy off that to weld on my swing arm.
 

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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.
This member (and others) knows what he's talking about!
Have you seen his Salt flats twin engine bike?

When I had my '97 GSXR750- it had no rear spools. I just used the swing-arm lift type like the one pictured.
Usually $50 shipped for a cheap one- that works fine.
 

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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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^I use an overhead lift and nylon strap onto the rear footrest brackets. With the cowling off you might be able to support things from the frame beneath the swingarm.
 

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Abba Motorcycle/Bike Swingarm Removal Kit - Fits To The Foot Rest Hanger

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The Abba Swing Arm Removal kit enables you to remove the swing arm whilst using the Abba Superbike Stand. This kit is universal and fits by removing your original foot rest hanger bolt both sides (top or bottom bolt, depending on what is the closest inline with the swing arm pivot) the kit then bolts to the foot rest hanger with the bolt supplied (8mm thread). When this is fitted you can then use the Abba Superbike stand to lift the bike and remove the swing arm or even down to the bare frame.
 
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