Profab rear swingarm

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Profab rear swingarm

Beitragvon speedphreax » So Mai 13, 2007 22:42

I have an aluminum swingarm in my XT500. The chainguide is missing from that swingarm. That was never a big problem but since I'm going to fit taller rear shocks the chain will be a bit looser when the rear is fully extended. So I'd like to install a chainguard.

I had a closer look at the swing and I found the text Profab on the crossmember, just in front of the rear wheel. The text is in thick, large letters and is pressed from the inside-out

After some searching (also on this forum), I've found out that Profab is a wellknown and highly sought after swingarm for the HL500. Anyway.. allthough my swingarm looks a bit different, I still believe that it is a genuine Profab swing.

HL500 swingarm:
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My swingarm:
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Does anybody have an idea where I can find a chainguide for this swingarm? Profab itself does not have a website but maybe someone knows where to get parts for these swingarms. An alternative is to modify an existing chainguide (e.g from a KTM EXC or so) by only using the nylon part and folding a thick aluminum plate around it that fits my swingarm.

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Beitragvon pointer » Mo Mai 14, 2007 12:59

Hi Erwin,

I don't have the faintest knowledge on the profab-swing arm myself, but posted your question in German language in the "Werkstatt" column of this forum, see -> this thread.

I'll also take care of translating any postings there, provided that you don't read German (which you most probably do, since you wrote that you already found some stuff on the profab swing arm in this forum. Anyway, just let me know if you'd need a translation or if German is fine with you).

On your suggestion of constructing a chainguard by yourself: some members (and in particular "sven" ) did so, even if - to my knowledge - not on a profab swing arm. Their preferred approach was using a castor wheel from a skateboard as contact element to the chain.

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Beitragvon pointer » Mo Mai 14, 2007 19:42

@Erwin:
sven posed a question for clarification: what are you exactly looking for?
- the chainguard, i.e. the part that covers the chain from the top or
- the chainguide, i.e. the part that spans the chain from below and guides it towards the sprocket wheel

or still something different?

P.
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Beitragvon 043A » Mo Mai 14, 2007 20:06

Hi,
i`m afraid HL500 is not the right way to look at.
As far a i know the ProFab (also WhiteBros) swingarm was mainly used as a aftermarket tuning pice for TT500 and XT500.
You have to look for these bikes:
this is a WhiteBros Swingarm , looks simular to your Profab
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or take look at these TT500 orig.swingarm
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by the way: why don`t make the chainguide the way the bike behind yours have ?

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Beitragvon speedphreax » Mo Mai 14, 2007 22:02

Thanks for the information about WhiteBros. I did not know that. It looks exactly the same as my swingarm
by the way: why don`t make the chainguide the way the bike behind yours have ?
Great eye for detail! That is indeed my KTM behind the XT. Today I took a closer look at the KTM chainguide and I think that I can make it fit but it'll take quite a bit of modifying. But it is a possible solution
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Beitragvon speedphreax » Mo Mai 14, 2007 22:07

@Erwin:
sven posed a question for clarification: what are you exactly looking for?
- the chainguard, i.e. the part that covers the chain from the top or
- the chainguide, i.e. the part that spans the chain from below and guides it towards the sprocket wheel

or still something different?

P.
I mean a chainguide and not a chainguard. And then also the type that only guides the chain and does not tension the chain. So I don't want something like this:
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This kind of setup was quite common in the 80's but nowadays you don't see it as much anymore because a simple guide is more reliable.
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Beitragvon Appelflap » Mo Mai 14, 2007 22:22

Hee hier ook al :D Een kettinggeleider kun je lijkt me van een hoop andere motoren overnemem, hoogstens een bevestiging voor maken.
Een HL achtervork is anders dan een XT brug.
Protec maakte ook een brug voor een XT, en op sommige (USA ?) TT 500 uitvoeringen zit ook een alu achterbrug.
misschien staat hier nog wat bij :


http://www.thumperpilot.com/

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Beitragvon XTtracer » Mo Mai 14, 2007 22:51

Hello

as you can see I'm using also this very fine white bros swingarm. As a chainguide I'm using a common common white plastic motocross guide which I adapted a little bit. As chaintensioner I took the older XT 500 tensioner from the 77/78 model.

Good luck!

Peter from Switzerland

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Re: Profab rear swingarm

Beitragvon Marcelovich » Mi Jul 02, 2008 9:15

Hi

What I like to know is what kind of rims do you have on your xt? The black ones, with yellow writing on?

Thanks
Marcel

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Re: Profab rear swingarm

Beitragvon speedphreax » Mi Jul 02, 2008 10:15

Hi

What I like to know is what kind of rims do you have on your xt? The black ones, with yellow writing on?

Thanks
Marcel
Those are Excel rims, probably the best known rim manufacturer in the offroad scene: http://rkexcel.com/
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Re: Profab rear swingarm

Beitragvon Marcelovich » Mi Jul 02, 2008 10:17

Cheers!

Marcel


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