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Here's the first in four maintenance questions I have. Writing to you from Tuxtla Guiterrez (about to head to the Sumidero Canyon National Park - Mexico's Grand Canyon).

You can see from below that my chain is sitting right on the chain guard. I think this is OK because I have checked chain tension and its approx. 1.5" when checked on side stand fully loaded.

Only reason I ask is that on my bicycle for instance the chain isn't supposed to constantly rub on the chain guard; it would only hit it when you're changing gears and the chain swings.

 

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Man dude.... you have a lot of time on your hands.... that's what the chain guard is for.... Better that than the bare swingarm.... It's normal...
 

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The chain guard is the part above the chain. Suzuki calls the part in your picture a chain touch defense buffer. When the bike is in motion, the chain is usually suspended a bit above it as the top run is taut and the suspension is compressed. In fact, when the buffer is worn through, that normally happens on the bottom.

 

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Hi, Bunkies, I'm reviving this old thread since I was looking at the Motobriiz oiler site and took a look at my my chain buffer thingy.
At 100k miles my chain buffer thingy is pretty well worn. i thought about using the replacement felts Motobriiz offers as a lube distribution device for my oiler. I see no need to reinvent the wheel when it's been done already. They have varying thickness pads and the lowest, 1/4 inch is much taller than my chain buffer. So I guess it's time to replace the plastic parts and give it a go.
I was wondering how many of us have ever changed that part or even give it a thought?
 

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I guess eventually it might need to be replaced. The chain is only sitting/rubbing on it when parked and under deceleration. During acceleration and normal driving the top of the chain is tight and runs over the top of the buffer.
 

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Shucks, our Covid 19 checks wasn't quite large enough for a new bike. Dang close to what i paid for the Wee when I got it though!
 

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Hi, Bunkies, I'm reviving this old thread since I was looking at the Motobriiz oiler site and took a look at my my chain buffer thingy.
At 100k miles my chain buffer thingy is pretty well worn. i thought about using the replacement felts Motobriiz offers as a lube distribution device for my oiler. I see no need to reinvent the wheel when it's been done already. They have varying thickness pads and the lowest, 1/4 inch is much taller than my chain buffer. So I guess it's time to replace the plastic parts and give it a go.
I was wondering how many of us have ever changed that part or even give it a thought?
I have on SV650 race bikes. We run a longer shock on those, which increases swingarm angle and accelerates wear on that rub block. We pulled swingarms off in the off-season anyway, so no big deal.

On the Stroms unless you're running a longer shock or raising links it ought to last a very long time. Past the time you should be checking/lubing your swingarm bearings.
 

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Pull the swing arm? you mean it's not unbolt a piece of plastic and do the swap-o? That sounds like a real bother but probably a good reason to replace the bearings at the same time. I guess the fun just ran out on this one.
 

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Yep, remove swingarm. Those bearings do need a little grease from time to time, especially since there was virtually none applied at the factory.
All the suspension linkage bearings can get a little love at the same time. :)
 
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Condescending, yes, but I don't relish the though of a major task. Oh, fudge!
I got pm that offers a replacement guide. I may be in way over my head. Drat.
 

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It's really not that hard, mostly just unbolting and removing stuff. You do need the tool from Suzuki for the swingarm locknut.
Mine's about due too, next rear tire change.
 

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That's probably a $45 socket, eh? Use it once and it's paid for itself.
I do need to do the shock pivot bearings too.
Maybe the bike won't ride like a cantankerous hobby horse after I do the deed.
 

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Hi, Bunkies, I'm reviving this old thread since I was looking at the Motobriiz oiler site and took a look at my my chain buffer thingy.
At 100k miles my chain buffer thingy is pretty well worn. i thought about using the replacement felts Motobriiz offers as a lube distribution device for my oiler. I see no need to reinvent the wheel when it's been done already. They have varying thickness pads and the lowest, 1/4 inch is much taller than my chain buffer. So I guess it's time to replace the plastic parts and give it a go.
I was wondering how many of us have ever changed that part or even give it a thought?
@mark444 has one of those "chain buffer thingy" for sale in the For Sale section if interested.

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