Its been a while since I fussed with my Trident's chain guard, so I don't remember whether the tab on the guard goes in front of the tab on the swingarm or the other way around. Putting it in front would give a bit more clearance if there is clearance for the chain. Another possibility is to weld or JB weld the nut to the appropriate tab. Is the issue clearance for the nut, the wrench, both or something else?
Ed From NJ
Yeah, part of the problem is that it's been a year since I took the thing off. I don't remember on which side the tab goes, I only remember that it was a total PITA to get to that nut. Had they just moved that tab 1/8" forward one could get a socket on a long extension in there. It does seem that the tab on the guard needs to go behind the tab on the swingarm for clearance, but when I tried to put it there I couldn't pull the guard back far enough for the holes to line up.
I'm tempted to just wait until the rear wheel is off and loosen the front fender mount.
Another reason that seniors in automotive engineering should be required to intern as mechanics.
I had a look at the parts book. The drawing of the chain guard shows a bend in the front mounting tab. That bend looked more pronounced than the one on my guard. Maybe PO had trouble and straightened it to make it fit on the wrong side of the swingarm tab?
In any case I redid the bend. I'm hoping that it now fits on the back side of the swingarm tab.
Had another go at it today. The tab on the guard now goes on the back side. Still can't quite get the holes to line up. Maybe I'll loosen the chain up to get it to droop out of the way. Or just put it on the shelf until the next rear tire change.