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Old August 12th, 2014, 09:08 PM   #1
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DIY Extended Chain Guard

The chain guard does little to prevent splatter messing up the rear wheel and frame.


Since there is no extended chain guard available, I decided to make my own. Sacrifice a plastic pail, hacked off the bottom.


Using a Dremel, cut and trimmed the excess.


Using a 3mm thick aluminum, fabricate a bracket to hold the guard.


The extended chain guard will be secured by the two 14mm bolts on the swing arm.


The finished product installed on the swing arm. Yes I know, my bike is filthy but I'm happy now.
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Old August 12th, 2014, 11:01 PM   #2
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That's a good idea, but can you still torque the swing arm axle pinch bolts properly?
I would try a different chain wax if I were you

Your a lucky guy living in Singapore, I had a holiday there 2 years ago and loved the place
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Old August 13th, 2014, 08:38 AM   #3
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That's a good idea, but can you still torque the swing arm axle pinch bolts properly?
I would try a different chain wax if I were you

Your a lucky guy living in Singapore, I had a holiday there 2 years ago and loved the place
I like it. The stock chain guard does not even cover the inner side plates and is too flimsy to add an extension onto directly. I've tried!

But I would rather weld the aluminum mount than bend it. And I'd use a high strength alloy. The swingarm is aluminum, and the Rizoma wheel hugger/license plate thing has an aluminum bracket too. Should be no problem to get it torqued properly. Plus I'd want a black bucket - no red allowed on my Strada.

Funny thing - I keep seeing carbon fiber versions of the chain guard on fleabay. It makes no sense when most of it is a swingarm protector; once the chain starts eating into the CF the fiber particles will wear the chain out in a hurry!

PS I like filthy...
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Old August 13th, 2014, 07:10 PM   #4
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That's a good idea, but can you still torque the swing arm axle pinch bolts properly?
I would try a different chain wax if I were you

Your a lucky guy living in Singapore, I had a holiday there 2 years ago and loved the place
Torquing the swing arm bolts is not an issue. The chain wax was applied by the dealer during my last service. I personally use Castrol chain wax.

Lucky living here? Visiting is fine but living here is another story.
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Old August 13th, 2014, 07:14 PM   #5
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I like it. The stock chain guard does not even cover the inner side plates and is too flimsy to add an extension onto directly. I've tried!

But I would rather weld the aluminum mount than bend it. And I'd use a high strength alloy. The swingarm is aluminum, and the Rizoma wheel hugger/license plate thing has an aluminum bracket too. Should be no problem to get it torqued properly. Plus I'd want a black bucket - no red allowed on my Strada.

Funny thing - I keep seeing carbon fiber versions of the chain guard on fleabay. It makes no sense when most of it is a swingarm protector; once the chain starts eating into the CF the fiber particles will wear the chain out in a hurry!

PS I like filthy...
Haha, I couldn't find a black bucket and besides my Strada is red.

I like filthy too but only on my dirt bike.
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Old August 13th, 2014, 09:16 PM   #6
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Plus I'd want a black bucket - no red allowed on my Strada.

Oh yes!! I prefer all black. I kind of like the idea and could get this custom made in Vietnam with CNC parts and cut it into perfection and can even replaced it with carbon fiber.
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Old August 13th, 2014, 09:29 PM   #7
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Oh yes!! I prefer all black. I kind of like the idea and could get this custom made in Vietnam with CNC parts and cut it into perfection and can even replaced it with carbon fiber.
Whoa! If you can get it done up nice, I won't mind buying one from you.
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Old August 13th, 2014, 11:45 PM   #8
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Torquing the swing arm bolts is not an issue. The chain wax was applied by the dealer during my last service. I personally use Castrol chain wax.

Lucky living here? Visiting is fine but living here is another story.
I found that BelRay Super Clean wax does not fling off, but it took me 10 tears to find he right one
Funny you should say living in Singapore is another story, a very good South African friend of mine lives over there, he was originally involved in the building of that large three tower hotel next to the DNA bridge. He tells me that he suffers from island fever and needs to get out every once in a while, I am not sure what island fever is, but I guess he means he feels restricted.
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I found that BelRay Super Clean wax does not fling off, but it took me 10 tears to find he right one
Funny you should say living in Singapore is another story, a very good South African friend of mine lives over there, he was originally involved in the building of that large three tower hotel next to the DNA bridge. He tells me that he suffers from island fever and needs to get out every once in a while, I am not sure what island fever is, but I guess he means he feels restricted.
Based on your experience, I will try the BelRay Clean wax next.

Exactly as your friend says, one can get claustrophobic as we have 5.3 million people squeezed into 716 km2. So, don't get me started on this...
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I use Renthal's drip-style chain lube. With the bike up on the very useful centerstand, I spin the rear wheel and apply a thin bead to the rollers. Then I fire it up, put it in gear, and run it for a half a minute. Stop the engine, and wipe the chain with a rag. No fling, no overspray. Since the chain ends up fairly dry, it does not attract dirt. One small bottle lasts a long time, too.
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