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I am looking for more information about the use of the passenger peg brackets on my CL350. I removed the brackets themselves for aesthetic reasons, but I am questioning if they serve a purpose to the swing arm? Is it safe to run without them?
If it were mine, I would keep that bracket. It's there to tie the swingarm to the side frame tubes for stiffness. I know this is a street bike, but I once followed a 350 Honda around the race track without those plates and the rear wheel was moving in several different directions. It's better to keep the plates. The bike will feel much nicer to ride even on a mild curve. Without them it might look cool but handling will be vague.
You could fit your pegs in those side plates, or modify the plates to allow the new rearset brackets to fit over them.
You need those plates. On my 350 racebike I have them welded to the frame in addition to the bolts for extra rigidity for the swingarm pivot. Framecrafters did it when they braced my frame, welded the spot welded seams and lengthened my swingarm. My rearsets are mounted in the bottom bolt hole for those plates.
i was going to do away with mine but after a good think and taking on board what some of you racer etc said I decided to cut and weld them and il mount my rear sets on the 2 rear bolt holes on a plate it does mean I got to paint my frame again but at least il have the price of mind they’re nice and strong now