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The rear chain guide on my KDX220 2001 was worn so bad. I bought a Fredericks aftermarket replacement. After I bolt it on, it is crooked. The chain would rubb the side of the guide, where it's metal. When I stand behind the bike, the guide is slanted. As far as I can tell, I think the metal tab mount on the swing arm is bent. But it is very beefy, and I can't imagine how anything would've bend it. I tried to straight it out, but to no avail. I can see the old guide was totally worn on the side too. Looks like the problem has been there for a while. I'm thinking the only way is to cut the mount off the swing arm and weld it back on straight. Or I can run without the guide. So is it OK to run without a chain guide?

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yep try a crescent wrench. if it breaks then you can weld it back where it's supposed to be. yes you need it if you want your chain to stay on.

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Or I could sell you a great condition swingarm for half the cost of any of that.

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Hell, I will sell you a larger crescent wrench and upper body workout book.

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Ok. I finally was able to bend it straight. Took a lot of muscle power. And I had to lay the bike on the side so that I can use a long cheater bar.

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thats why the TM design chain guides are rubbery plastic. they are stiff enough to guide chain but wont break or bend you when you smash em in a rut or with a rock.

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