Originally Posted by HardWorkingDog
Woo-hoo. I got back yesterday from 5 weeks in Baja, plus a week of taking the long way to get there from Nor Cal via Death Valley. The WR was awesome.
Unfortunately, I got too complacent and let the chain slack and lubrication get away from me. Conditions were very tough--salt spray, sand, mud that was more like cement (both wet and dry). The chain wore, got corroded, and I didn't notice it until it was too late and have suffered the painful-to-look-at swingarm damage. Chain slider gave way, chain slack was excessive, some of the links started to kink, and now I've got approx. 2-3 mm deep grooves worn in the bottom leading edge of my swingarm pivot.
I'd appreciate hearing from fellow WR owners on how they've recovered from this. Options I see are:
1. Replace the swingarm
2. Get it welded.
3. Fill with quicksteel.
4. Ignore it, and keep riding.
All of the options include replacing the chain slider and chain...
Cry, Replace Slider, Ride.
Sucks, but you aren't the first this happened to.
Would love to see if anybody else's fixes for this are though. It's my nightmare.
Have heard of some folks replacing the lower slider with a piece of "Delrin" (look it up) to keep this from happening again in the future. Kinda too late for you though.
On the plus side, looks like that weld you cut through had excellent penetration!