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post #1 of 6 Old 12-13-2016, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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I think we need another recall.......

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I did a search and found about a dozen posts reference broken chain guard tabs....what the heck? All the threads I read involved the tupperware oem chain guard. The thing weighs what, about 3 ounces so I can't figure out what breaks the tab.

I replaced the plastic oem chain guard with a metal one, so I thought this might have been the cause. While in Moab, the forward tab which is welded to the swing arm snapped off. I zip tied it off and forgot about it until I pulled the rear wheel & shock last week.

I don't think any rock got through there large enough to do that kind of damage since there is not a mark on the guard. What think might of happened is that vibrations and general banging over rocks caused the guard oscillate at a weird frequency? Both bolts were very tight.

Now I have to figure out a way to get the tab welded back on. I can weld steel, but am not set up for aluminium. Looks like I will have to ride it to a shop and pull the rear wheel so a welder can get in there from the back side. I'm going to have them beef up the second tab while they are at it.
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I also have the fancy metal guard. My tab broke at 95 K miles. Was going to have it welded, but found a complete swingarm on E-bay(w/15K on it) delivered for $30.
A good welder might make it stronger than new though. Maybe have him reinforce the other one too.

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I also have the fancy metal guard. My tab broke at 95 K miles. Was going to have it welded, but found a complete swingarm on E-bay(w/15K on it) delivered for $30.
A good welder might make it stronger than new though. Maybe have him reinforce the other one too.
I do have access to a welder(Kieferbuilt aluminium horse trailers are built here), and I think you are right, some gussets on both tabs would probably take care of this issue. I'll post up a pic of the tab, and it looks like it was cracked 50% for a long time(discolored) before it snapped.

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The tab on my Wee broke off so I drilled and tapped 2 small holes in the swing arm, made up my own bracket and bolted it in place.

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I don't believe that chain guards are necessary.

I take them off to make it easier to service the chain. I use a lube that doesn't fling off so my wheel stays clean without one.

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The tab on my Wee broke off so I drilled and tapped 2 small holes in the swing arm, made up my own bracket and bolted it in place.
Now there's a thought!

Spec, I ran my '07 without one for 15K miles and I had a lot of lube build up(notorious over luber?) all over everything back there. I wanted a metal guard just in case that linked whip decides to break and lash out. But yeah, if I fix this and it breaks again, it's coming off for good.
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