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post #3641 of 3749 (permalink) Old Feb 4th, 2018, 4:02 pm
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post #3642 of 3749 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 2018, 1:11 pm
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Talking 1995 900SS New to ME!


Took a chance on making my dream come true - This one sat between 4-5 years in a garage. No battery, no gas, carbs seized, swingarm broken (Found that after I bought her). Paid 2K and a 10 hour round trip drive with uhaul trailer. Spent better part of a day cleaning the engine with mineral spirits and parts brushes. I think she came out pretty good!

After a few days of wrenching, some parts, two new batteries (first one a dud - could not turn engine over) and fixing tire leaks I rode her hard the other day! Took awhile to get suspension set up for me (245#) and the rough roads around Wichita KS (Moving to Taos NM soon - cannot wait to wail in the Sangre de Cristo's)

I feel really good about her!

Oh and a shout-out to B&J welding in Wichita! Took swingarm there to get repaired and $30 bucks and 30 minutes later fully welded up swingarm and I was test riding again two hours later!

Gonna de-rivit cans and pull baffles and play with the sound all day tomorrow! Has open airbox and that really howls - contemplating making a non-restrictive sheet metal lid to get more sound from cans than intake.
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.....swingarm broken.....
Where was it broken? Or cracked?

In the pic it appears to be newly welded under the swing arm pivot; that's where mine has cracked twice, and will again. Time for an upgrade.

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Where was it broken? Or cracked?

In the pic it appears to be newly welded under the swing arm pivot; that's where mine has cracked twice, and will again. Time for an upgrade.

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Hi grrss,

That one you saw was old - the left side cracked in half this time. Turns out the pivot shaft was ever so slightly not straight. Off by maybe 3 thou. But when I rotated the shaft it fell into a happy spot and easily slipped in and out of both sides. When I found this happy spot I marked the shaft and the swing arm so I could put the shaft back in, in its sweet spot.

When I found this I knew this was why it cracked. That ever so slight misalignment placed a sharp stress riser on the left side which caused the crack. I was theorizing this issue when it took a long socket and extension with a brass mallet to get the pivot shaft out. After aligning everything the shaft just slipped in. In like Flint so to speak.

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Took a chance on making my dream come true - This one sat between 4-5 years in a garage. No battery, no gas, carbs seized, swingarm broken (Found that after I bought her). Paid 2K and a 10 hour round trip drive with uhaul trailer. Spent better part of a day cleaning the engine with mineral spirits and parts brushes. I think she came out pretty good!

After a few days of wrenching, some parts, two new batteries (first one a dud - could not turn engine over) and fixing tire leaks I rode her hard the other day! Took awhile to get suspension set up for me (245#) and the rough roads around Wichita KS (Moving to Taos NM soon - cannot wait to wail in the Sangre de Cristo's)

I feel really good about her!

Oh and a shout-out to B&J welding in Wichita! Took swingarm there to get repaired and $30 bucks and 30 minutes later fully welded up swingarm and I was test riding again two hours later!

Gonna de-rivit cans and pull baffles and play with the sound all day tomorrow! Has open airbox and that really howls - contemplating making a non-restrictive sheet metal lid to get more sound from cans than intake.
Wow that cleaned up very nicely, well done that man!! 1993 model by the looks / colour scheme of it?

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Wow that cleaned up very nicely, well done that man!! 1993 model by the looks / colour scheme of it?
Thank you I appreciate that! It is a 1995 model.

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Where was it broken? Or cracked?

In the pic it appears to be newly welded under the swing arm pivot; that's where mine has cracked twice, and will again. Time for an upgrade.

Cheers.
I've read all the stories, and didn't want to take the risk, so I bought a 1000SS DS swingarm that had 11,000km on it ( coincidentally the same milage my bike had on it at the time ). Also bought a brand new Ohlins DU235 shock, and a brand new OEM plastic huger for the swing-arm from Ducati. Pretty sure they don't sell many of those The whole setup was pretty much a plug and play.

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I've read all the stories, and didn't want to take the risk, so I bought a 1000SS DS swingarm that had 11,000km on it ( coincidentally the same milage my bike had on it at the time ). Also bought a brand new Ohlins DU235 shock, and a brand new OEM plastic huger for the swing-arm from Ducati. Pretty sure they don't sell many of those The whole setup was pretty much a plug and play.

Well I can say that while it was unsettling, it was far from dangerous. At least where mine was cracked - There was plenty of meat on the fitting to hold everything together. I found it only when washing the engine / swing arm with mineral spirits. Looks like it had been that way for quite awhile as it was totally gunked up with chain lube and dirt. Those pinch bolts are too easy to over tighten. I use angle torque for things like those and when bolt head / seat contact was made I went just over 1/8 turn with red locktight added. I do not think these will ever crack again.

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I do not think these will ever crack again.
Nevertheless, keep an eye on it, these arms are renowned for this - a lot of them crack & then re-crack. Upgrade to a 1000SS or aftermarket is required to fully de-risk further cracking.

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Pictures!

Too much talk and not enough pictures!

So here is my 1995 900 SS/SP. I love her, and even though she has a cracked frame, I will keep her forever. Now where to find a good welder...
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