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I put some shiny new Redwing shocks on my CB350. Unfortunately, the bottom ends of those new shocks are much fatter than the stock shocks that I removed. Now the chain guard won't fit on the bike without rubbing against the sprocket guard.

A few questions...

1. Can I just run without the chain guard? What are the implications of this? From the pics I've seen, it looks like most racers run without one.

2. Could I cut down the chain guard so it will fit around the shock? Has anyone had any success modding their chain guard to fit fatter shocks?

3. As I was researching on-line, I read somewhere that when fitting shocks, you should select "slim line" shocks to avoid this problem. Is that correct? Are those generally hard to find?

Oh well.. you live and you learn! (And I've learned a lot while trying to keep a CB350 on the road.)
 

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Jeremy, Yes you CAN run without a chain guard (if it is legal in your state)...HOWEVER,... The guard is there to prevent your becoming entangled in the chain, and to protect your leg in the event the chain snaps or the master-link comes out.... It's a good idea to keep it!
You can carefully mod one to fit around the shock by skilled hammering, just cutting away the offending area, or a combination of both..... Either way, you have to know what you are doing or you'll defeat the purpose of the guard or weaken it..... It is almost as easy to fabricate a new one out of 1/8 thick aluminum strap and/or angle stock.....
 

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A picture would help if you could post one. Maybe you could use a spacer/washer on the outside of the swingarm to pull the inside mount in tighter. Since there is no pic I can't see how much interference your talking about so it may be too much or look too bad to use a spacer but at least you could keep the chain guard intact.
 
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