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Pivot bolt Just wondering how common it is for the swing arm pivot bolt to snap on an XJR1300. Mine sheared at the nut end but luckily did not drift out or I would probably not be asking this ...

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The pivot bolt will be of high grade steel and it will be unusual for this to happen. That said the bolts are mass produced and only a percentage are checked for fault. If you bought the bike second hand I would be more suspicious of some one fitting the wrong bolt.Check with a dealer for a recall for this fault as it would be a safety recall if common.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013

  • RAYMONDO1953 Jul 05, 2014

    I have owned to xjr andnothing like thishasnhapened

  • RAYMONDO1953 Jul 05, 2014

    Sorry about my last ,my space bar thinks its the enter button. Anyway,I have owned two XJRs and can only praise their build quality,and have never experienced your VERY lucky escape, as previously mentioned I would tend to believe that you have experienced a fault in the steel of the bolt.



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