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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-22-2011, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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This is gonna sound crazy...

just stay with me here. I got my RC into my sunroom yesterday to get it torn down for some maintenance and what not. I was staring out my dining room window looking at it directly from behind. I started noticing that our swing arm isn't symmetrical. I also noticed that the left exhaust sits closer to the swing arm. Really close. Like so close I noticed the electrical tape covering the hole in the swing arm. So I pull the tape off and its a good size hole. So large I will be replacing the swing arm before I ride it at the end of the summer. Then I notice the peg protector on the bottom of the left peg and how its all cranked over. Thats an easy fix. Then I notice that the left radiator sits kind of cockeyed when compared to the right one. Now, being an RC noob, I just have to ask, ya think this thing has been in contact with the ground? Plastics show no damage, the bar ends and clutch lever dont either. But those are easy fixes. The previous owner vaguely mentioned the swing arm and after a 7 hour drive to pick it up I had forgotten. I have also noticed that the 2 Bros exhaust pipes are in constant contact with the bottom of the rear sets. That can't be normal, right?
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yeah its prolly been tweaked over and he never spent the time to fix the header/mid pipes to ensure it has no interferences.
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probably has been down.....doesn't sound right.

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Doesn't sound right at all. I'd be contacting the seller and asking for explanations and some sort of reimbursement.

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Doesn't sound right at all. I'd be contacting the seller and asking for explanations and some sort of reimbursement.
I dont see this happening at all...

Ill post some pics in the next couple of days. Maybe some of its normal. Perhaps one of my legs is longer than the other which is throwing things off for me...
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I would contact him and ask him to be honest, you own the bike now. You cant return it. He has nothing to lose, and you gain the knowledge about your bike.
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FWIW...The right side exhaust on stock RC51s does look off center from the factory, but if it's been replaced and there are holes covered with electrical tape, that sounds odd. Would be curious to see pics. For some reason, the factory exhaust is cockeyed a tiny bit.

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I agree. Ive always noticed that on my sp1. The right side fits a bit closer. However, it doesnt come close to any clearence issues with swingarm.
Can you post a picture of the hole your talking about? How much clearance do you have? Considering the motion of the swingarm, i would guestimate you need about an inch. I just looked at mine.
If its real close, i would take of both side fairings, and check all the header connections. There's 5 or 6 in all, depending on sp1 or sp2. Use a little penetrating oil where you can, cause the bolts can be very stubborn and you dont wanna twist em off. Once the connections are a little loose, you can see if the system wiggles back into proper place, or close to it. Should probably look up the torque settings when tightening up, cause i remember them being lighter than i expected.
While you got fairings off, look Real close for other damage, especially around the rad area you mentioned. Any leaks?
Good luck, try to get a pic up.

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Just reread your post. You said your left side was closer. Shouldn't be any closer. In theory. Get your fairings off and i think you'll be able to tell if anything is wrong. Look right at the rad mounts and spacers.

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I agree. Ive always noticed that on my sp1. The right side fits a bit closer. However, it doesnt come close to any clearence issues with swingarm.
Can you post a picture of the hole your talking about? How much clearance do you have? Considering the motion of the swingarm, i would guestimate you need about an inch. I just looked at mine.
If its real close, i would take of both side fairings, and check all the header connections. There's 5 or 6 in all, depending on sp1 or sp2. Use a little penetrating oil where you can, cause the bolts can be very stubborn and you dont wanna twist em off. Once the connections are a little loose, you can see if the system wiggles back into proper place, or close to it. Should probably look up the torque settings when tightening up, cause i remember them being lighter than i expected.
While you got fairings off, look Real close for other damage, especially around the rad area you mentioned. Any leaks?
Good luck, try to get a pic up.
The exhaust can caused the damage on the swing arm. The cap on the can has a crack in it. Ill post the pictures ive taken.







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Just reread your post. You said your left side was closer. Shouldn't be any closer. In theory. Get your fairings off and i think you'll be able to tell if anything is wrong. Look right at the rad mounts and spacers.
The L/radiator sits crooked. I doubt the pic will do it justice. The front side of it is cocked in.




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