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What is the correct way to position the swingarm on a 91 paralever GS. I have just fitted a new shaft and assume the swingarm should be dead center, measuring the gap betweem swingarm and frame at the front bearings. However, when I do that the shaft fouls the casing when the shock is on full streach. ie with the bike on the centrestand. It runs fine if I offset the swingarm a few mms to the left. What are the opinions on this?
I've always set mine up with the same clearance either side? My understanding is that the output from the gearbox & the drive shaft will be mis-aligned causing premature failure of the UJ.
What shock are you using? If it's aftermarket & longer than standard, this may account for the problem? I have a standard shock at home where the damper has failed. I'll measure it's length from centre to centre of the mounting holes & post the result here later if needed.
I've since sold my airhead Paralever but I'll alsocheck out my Girlfriends bike, she's running a WP shock that is about 5mm shorter centre to centre.
The manuals insist the swingarm be central, even give a tight tolerance that is to be followed.
I've had a paralever (spit) fail and I put it down to too hard shock (ie too long) creating too acute an angle on paralever (spit)
Field tip. Get an old screw driver and grind down to correct size to fit the required space - that way you can space the swingarm up without vernier guage or similar (must get round to doing this myself). The taper on a conventional screwdriver works as well, note how far it pushes in and balance on both sides - may be a handy tip for emergencies
[This message has been edited by Fritz (edited 25 May 2004).]
thanks. I use feeler guages, setting up the shaft centrally is no problem. The bike is fitted with a hagon shock, so maybe the lenth of the shock is the problem, but I;m still not sure if it is better to run the shaft offcentre or have it central and touching the casing on full streach. neither seems ideal
It might be the shock but are you sure your frame is straight? What about the engine is it mounted right? There should be some “special” spacers between the engine and the frame (four total), are they still there?
The standard length produces around 17 degrees of U joint deflection.
There is a limit on the U joint deflection where the U joint will make internal contact between one side and the other.
In addition to that there is also a velocity (speed) variation between input and ouput htat is 0 for 0 degrees deflection, but increases with incresed deflection angle.
The standard G/S is at about the limit of the U joint deflection. For that reason I'd not go beyond it.
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