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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-23-2008, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Is there an alternative to a jack for swingarm removal? Maybe ease the motor onto a block of wood with a rear stand? I'm trying to cut cost and do this without purchasing a jack.

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What are you trying to do? Put a bigger swingarm?
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Maybe I'm missing something here, but why do you have to remove the swingarm to change the chain? I didn't have to do that when I changed mine. Is it something special with them new fangled 250's?


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Maybe I'm missing something here, but why do you have to remove the swingarm to change the chain? I didn't have to do that when I changed mine. Is it something special with them new fangled 250's?
Yah know. I was thinking the same thing.
Why did you remove the swingarm to change the chain? You shouldn't have had to do that.

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Well obviously I haven't removed the swingarm yet because no one can answer the damn OP.
Lets all open our service manuals and read about chain replacement. Oh looky there it says remove the swingarm.
If someone knows how to get the chain past the swingarm pivot shaft I would take advice on that, however, who cares what I'm doing just answer the OP.

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Lets all open our service manuals and read about chain replacement. Oh looky there it says remove the swingarm.
So it IS something special with them new fangled 250's.

If you aren't breaking the old chain to get it off...
Since it's a 250, it's light. After taking the lower fairing off, find a couple strong-ish friends and have them lift the rear of the bike (from the swingarm, I wouldn't trust the subframe strength) with another friend holding the front to keep it straight/upright, then yes, put a block of wood or maybe a cinderblock (sp) under the motor if it's flat enough and you feel it's strong enough to sustain the bike's weight (both the bottom of the motor and the block). Using a rear stand might work ok, but it'd be a bitch to get the block underneath since those don't raise the rear up that much.

If you can find a way to stabilize the bike while it's on the block, that'd be a good idea. Just so it doesn't tip over while you're working on the swingarm.


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After lifting the bike I found that the exhaust pipe sits slightly lower than the motor which limits the contact area for motor support (if I said that right). Not sure if a stock pipe would sit as low. Since there is such a small area supporting the weight of the bike I tied the bike off to the garage rafters for tip safety. I also broke loose all the nuts and bolts that are coming off before lifting the bike as they seem to be torqued with more force than I weigh. I advise anyone swapping a chain in the future to cut off the chain and replace it with a master link type chain to avoid this hassle.
This project has been good as now I have taken apart almost everything on the bike except for the motor itself. It has also been quite frustrating at times as witnessed by my previous rant

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