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    Why is your swingarm wrapped?

    I was looking through the "show off your bike thread" and noticed many of the bikes had tape or a foam piece wrapped around the drive side of the swingarm. Why do you do that? Is it a downhill thing? I'm in Florida so downhill is like a foreign language to me, but I'm still curious.

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    chain slap

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    To prevent damage to the swingarm caused by chainslap or, in the very least, to minimize it. This also serves to minimize the noise caused by chainslap as well.

    Duc

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    what they said...

    do it
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    Didn't you read the sticker on that shock? It said not to do whatever you did.

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    Is this only for downhill with extreme travel or for any bike? I have a HT BTW (Florida you know ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave In Florida
    Is this only for downhill with extreme travel or for any bike? I have a HT BTW (Florida you know ).
    Unless your riding nothing but paved or smooth roads I'd wrap any bike with a swingarm near the chain.

    Duc

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    go huck yourself
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    i rap all my bikes
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    Dave I am remaindered of a very important lesson we have all learned....
    "Donít be a fool, wrap your too!!!"
    But in all seriousness I'd wrap any Mtn Bike that has enough slack in the chain for it to reach anywhere on the rear triangle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duc135
    Unless your riding nothing but paved or smooth roads I'd wrap any bike with a swingarm near the chain.

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    Even road bikes come w/ a clear plastic cover over the chainstays

    an old tube wrapped in electrical tape or zip ties works pretty well
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    The damage from the chain could be structural, but even if it isn't it makes the bike almost impossible to resell. I had a weyless frame that I used one time, but didn't have the wrap on. Got some wicked chainslap. The paint was cheap. I personally would have no problem riding the bike (I upgraded almost immediatly) but potential buyers see it and run away.

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    i had mine wrapped then i took it all of, and just put nough to cover the top of the chainstay and a lil over the sides, only cuase i find myself startign to be a weight weenie
    Looking for a 7.87 x 2.25mm shock, any brand any age that runs well!! cheap would be appreciated!

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    I was going crazy from chain slap noise... absolutely crazy. A chainstay protector helped so much... I'm sane again!

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    Chains love to eat paint for breakfast.
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    easy,cheap and effective.

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    Yeah def. do it. I picked up my Preston and never got the chance to put anything on before we left two days later. When we got home and I washed the bike the next day, I punched myself in the face!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GETSTUPID
    Yeah def. do it. I picked up my Preston and never got the chance to put anything on before we left two days later. When we got home and I washed the bike the next day, I punched myself in the face!!
    that's funny
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Moody
    Didn't you read the sticker on that shock? It said not to do whatever you did.

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    my chainstay is broken. A couple of zipties and a tube keep it in place
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    Its to protect the chainstay from chain slap...
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    yeah, uh............bikes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave In Florida
    Is this only for downhill with extreme travel or for any bike? I have a HT BTW (Florida you know ).
    Head over to the trails at Alafia and let me know how much paint/aluminum you're missing from your chainstay after riding.

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    ...for I am a raindog too
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    i'm not sure

    about everyone else, but i'd bet that wrapping a chainstay could, in theory, protect said chainstay from chainslap.... in theory-- a lot of theories are found to be bogus at some point, so don't take my word for it.

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