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08 450R-swingarm bearing needle

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Was going thru my new 08 [ 12 hrs on it ] and greasing up things. The right swingarm bearing needle is longer than the left side. This messed me up as I did not notice this when I took it apart. So when i re-assembled the swingarm, the right side needle stuck out from the seal on the inside about 1/4 to 3/8". I could not figure out why this was, and thought I had grown my needle bearing on the right side. So I fitted it up and sure enough it was OK.

Question is: the exposed needle bearing surface should be covered with a light coat of grease to prevent rust or whatever from attacking the surface? Thanx

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Referring to the needle bearing collars undoubtedly. They do stick out past the seal and will rust a bit. Regular maintenance and a little emery cloth cleaning, only on end that is exposed, will keep it in check. The internal surface will stay smooth with proper greasing.

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Yes, needle bearing collar. Thanx. I didn't want to grease it up because it will just attract dirt. I live in the dry southwest and think I will just keep an eye on it as it hardly will ever get wet riding.

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