Ok, well I'm new here, but I just recently bought my first TW.
In going thru and fixing this and that, I decided I needed a new tube in the rear, and while I was at it, I figured I might as
well paint the wheel and swingarm. Anyway, my chain slider was falling apart and oddly enough, there isn't much info here
or other places on the internet to get an inexpensive replacement. There was no way this cheapo was going to pay $37 for
one and have to wait 'till it arrives from China.
Being a machinist, I was going to use a piece of UHMP poly and make one, but I decided to go even cheaper and easier.
Attached are the pictures. Basically, I just used a 18" strip of 1/4" x 2" white teflon, wrapped it tightly around the swingarm,
pop riveted it in place.
Installed a new chain and slapped it all back together. So far it is running quiet and smooth. We'll see how long it lasts.IMG_20190521_162410531.jpgIMG_20190522_200551541.jpg
Good idea. I like it!
2017 Apollo 250
2018 Yamaha TW200
1978 Suzuki DR370
You pop riveted it directly to the swing arm?
I made one from a rubber mat I took from the dumpster on the job. I mounted mine the same way the original was. I had cut a block or Teflon or plastic decking (I don't recall ) and fitted it to recreate the stock set up.
I wouldn't call you frugal. 37 dollars is alot for that part. I wonder why they are so costly?
I would think that they would be less as it's the same for every TW ever made
Nice work. I would be proud to hang out with another "Cheapo". I love it when someone does this kind of innovation.
Tom in Wichita
78 Moto Guzzi SP1000
87 Yamaha TW200
99 Yamaha TW200
03 Honda Shadow Spirit (girlfriend's ride)
74 Moto Guzzi Eldorado Police model (in many pieces)
Yes, drilled right into the swingarm. It's mainly just stamped steel anyway. 1/8" rivets