Mine is installed and I love it.
I've seen people having problems with the bearings being shot on the french interwebs, no pics I can remember of, just people asking where and how to change the bearings, sounded like those were hard to find.I haven't. Could you provide any references to that? I'd be interested to see them.
I'm willing to assume the minimal risk of unfounded rumors.Time will tell, I guess. For the price, it's worth a shot. Looks better than the stock swingarm, that is for sure.
Installation basically consists of holding the swingarm in position while sliding in the long pivot bolt, so it's pretty hard to screw up. There was room in the frame, so I installed thin washers on the outside of each side of the swing arm to act as grease seals for the needle bearings.The range of motion of the bearings is similar to the needle bearings in driveshaft universal joints.I would think needle bearings would live a long life in this application. That being said the potential to ruin them on a careless install is also greatly increased over the oem setup.
It sure is appealing for the price! My comment is just a friendly heads up to check the bearings once in a while.Time will tell, I guess. For the price, it's worth a shot. Looks better than the stock swingarm, that is for sure.
Why would you say it's ''unfounded''? Is it because I don't have first hand experience with those?I'm willing to assume the minimal risk of unfounded rumors.
I'm in exactly the same spot. Major motivation for the Kepspeed is my loathing of the stock chain adjusters, and the fact that bronze bearings + better chain adjusters would cost more than the Kepseed, which improves both and then some. I originally planned to go with the lightest Kepseed, but after seeing a competing aluminum swinger (probably a Spyker?) with a catastrophically cracked weld, I'm leaning toward the under-braced version to distribute load a little better. Looks are of the least concern to me, weight reduction would be nice but not a priority.I’m a little torn between The Kepspeed swingarm and the MNNTHBX bushings.
I’m sure the MNNTHBX bushings yields a much stronger setup, but I like the weight savings, chain adjusters, and bling factor of the Kepspeed.