Pretty, hope it last......
My Kepspeed is the same way. I don’t think that is necessarily a flaw/accident. What I determined is Kepspeed simply uses the same triangle shaped reinforcement piece to keep things simple. The left and right arms are at a different angle, so it leaves more of a gap on one side. They fill that gap with more weld. I’m not saying it is the best way to construct the reinforcement area, but I think they are all that way. They should use a unique reinforcement triangle for each side to compensate for how the arms are bent at different angles.Not exactly square welding. One side came out OK!
Does your old Kepspeed swingarm show signs of the axle spacer (the one that makes the axle larger diameter and actual rolls on the needle bearings) dragging on the internal bushing beside the needle bearings? I always assumed it didn’t make contact, because what would be the point of having needle bearings if half the pivot was rubbing on bushings.Received the new swingarm from kepspeed!
The pivot is still half bearing half bushing, but the inner bushing is a tighter fit so that the load is shared between bearing and bushing, however, the medial part without the bearing is a roughish gold anodized surface which is a terrible solution when the goal is reducing resistance! No idea why they cant just either run a full length bearing or just two per side. Or forget the bearings and have a better bushing solution.
Yes, the bushing/axle spacer was wearing as well, as it does share the load with the bearings. Imagine the swingarm pivot bolt pinching the entire assembly together against the frame. As the wheel bends the swingarm with lateral rotational forces, the bearings and the bushings/spacers are taking up that twisting force....
Does your old Kepspeed swingarm show signs of the axle spacer (the one that makes the axle larger diameter and actual rolls on the needle bearings) dragging on the internal bushing beside the needle bearings? I always assumed it didn’t make contact, because what would be the point of having needle bearings if half the pivot was rubbing on bushings.
I like how G-Craft’s Grom swingarm has a cartridge bearing solution. I’ve got one on the way from Japan, so I will be able to compare it side by side to my Kepspeed. I’m going to sell the Kepspeed.
I hope this swing arm works out for you. Definitely tell us how this one rides and feels.Pics to follow.
Installed the kepspeed extended swingarm today.
So much lighter than the stock with all the heavy additions such as the bushings and chain adjusters I put on the stocker.
The suspension is now completely out of tune due to the longer lever arm, so I will need to get that sorted out.
Do people bother with the plastic wheel hugger when they extend the arm? It does not cover the wheel anymore, so kind of pointless and it looks ridiculous.
Looks kind of cool having some color to it.
Are you running a braided stainless brake line up to your fluid reservoir? I don’t guess I’ve ever seen that before.
I use rear brake and the front brake together all the time, just like when riding a bicycle.Do you run that setup for stunting or you just like having easy access to the rear brake when riding fast?
I drag the rear brake lightly in some turns. It usually bleeds off the perfect amount of speed if I’m too hot and it doesn’t disrupt the bike like the front brake will. You just have to be careful and not lock the rear wheel, which ain’t hard with the stock Grom rear brake...lol.
Do you like those Domino grips? I was going to get a set of those in red/black. Do you have to file something down to get aftermarket grips to fit properly on the Grom? I don’t remember doing anything like that when installing dirt bike grips.
I’ve never seen mirrors like those either. You’ve got some nice bikes.
I’ve always ridden bicycles with a lot of rear brake. That comes from my days on BMX bikes, when the only brake we had was a rear brake. I use it to control the bike. Front brake is for when I really need to scrub some speed off, but they are used together as needed, of course.I use rear brake and the front brake together all the time, just like when riding a bicycle.
I use it on the track with bigger bikes to trail brake along with the front brake, often holding it a bit longer to tighten the radius when the lean angle is at extremes.
The only reason rear brake control is by the foot is because initially that is where designers put it because it was easier to do way back when. It makes no sense at all to have it controlled by the foot, which is why more and more pro riders are fitting thumb or left hand brakes for the rear. When moving around the bike to compensate for lean angle requirements, who can modulate the rear brake with the foot well? Not I.
Domino grips are nice. The throttle grip is a PITA to change due to sharp plastic barbs holding the grip on the throttle tube
I will post a link to those mirrors in the future. Originally ran them on my Hypermotard.
After I asked that, I thought to my self, “I wonder if it would just be easier to replace the throttle tube altogether?”.I replaced my grips and had to sand down the throttle tube to get it to look right, it wasn't the nubs but the flares on each side that caused the problem. Go ahead and purchase the quick throttle tube for 10 bucks, way easier than modifying the stock one. I think it is Kitaco brand? Also gives shorter rotation, and you know the throttle is always pinned anyway!
That looks like what I need, but a few people mentioned that it was a little short in length. I went to Kitaco’s website and it says: “Applicable grip length 105mm - 110mm”.
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Probably cheaper somewhere else, but I think you are waiting on enough parts already.....