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    Chain guard/guide fell off...am I okay to ride home without it?

    I had no idea until my wife texted me that she found it lying in the driveway. I'm at work now, is it okay to ride home without it on? I didn't notice any weird noise on the way here, so I'm guessing it's fine?

    Part #5 here

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    Re: Chain guard/guide fell off...am I okay to ride home without it?

    Yes. put some rubber bands around the lower part of your pants to make sure your pants don’t come in contact with the chain.
    Lifelong student of motorcycling. Current bikes: Custom Naked '05 FZ6, LS650 Café Racer, DRZ400 Street Tracker

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    Re: Chain guard/guide fell off...am I okay to ride home without it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary in NJ View Post
    Yes. put some rubber bands around the lower part of your pants to make sure your pants don’t come in contact with the chain.
    Ok thanks. It's okay that the chain is touching the swingarm instead of resting on this rubber/plastic piece?

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    Re: Chain guard/guide fell off...am I okay to ride home without it?

    Oh, you’re talking about the guide on the leading edge of the swingarm. The chain is gonna cut into the aluminum. How does it look after the ride to work? It’s gonna be twice as bad when you get home. If it looks like there is damage, go home and get the guide before you ride home. Can your wife bring it to you?
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    Re: Chain guard/guide fell off...am I okay to ride home without it?

    Plus 1 ^^^. try to get it on there.

    The chain will literally be eating thru the swing arm W/O it.
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    Re: Chain guard/guide fell off...am I okay to ride home without it?

    Well, I inspected the swingarm and it really wasn't that bad. Definitely some scratches, but confined to a small area. So, I rode home and inspected at home, looked the same. Reinstalled the guard with new bolt and some loctite on that sucker. I also inspected the affected edge of the chain but couldn't see any damage (makes sense, steel is harder than aluminum). Thanks guys.

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    Re: Chain guard/guide fell off...am I okay to ride home without it?

    ... Embarrassed to say that this just happened to me. Went down to clean the chain and realized it was missing. There is some light scarring to the swingarm. It did dig in a bit. Looks like it has been gone for at least a few rides. Examined the chain, it looks healthy. No abrasion to it.

    I removed/cleaned it a few weeks ago. I swear I torqued it down, I have no idea how that darn thing loosened off. Ordered a new one + bolt/washer for $30 shipped from Partzilla (shipping was $10). Going to make that bolt take a bath in loctite I'm so mad at it haha.

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    Re: Chain guard/guide fell off...am I okay to ride home without it?

    Quote Originally Posted by MIJ_FZ6 View Post
    ... Embarrassed to say that this just happened to me. Went down to clean the chain and realized it was missing. There is some light scarring to the swingarm. It did dig in a bit. Looks like it has been gone for at least a few rides. Examined the chain, it looks healthy. No abrasion to it.

    I removed/cleaned it a few weeks ago. I swear I torqued it down, I have no idea how that darn thing loosened off. Ordered a new one + bolt/washer for $30 shipped from Partzilla (shipping was $10). Going to make that bolt take a bath in loctite I'm so mad at it haha.
    red loctite time! and I know, dontcha hate those shipping rates. tough to swallow in the era of free shipping

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    Re: Chain guard/guide fell off...am I okay to ride home without it?

    Quote Originally Posted by swedespeed View Post
    red loctite time! and I know, dontcha hate those shipping rates. tough to swallow in the era of free shipping
    Haha I was thinking welding it to the frame

    JK - but I think I'll use the blue stuff. Never had a problem with it. Red might be a bit overkill.

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    Re: Chain guard/guide fell off...am I okay to ride home without it?

    Quote Originally Posted by MIJ_FZ6 View Post
    Haha I was thinking welding it to the frame

    JK - but I think I'll use the blue stuff. Never had a problem with it. Red might be a bit overkill.
    For sure. Blue is what I used on mine too. I'm surprised more stuff doesn't come loose on this extremely buzzy bike

 

 
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