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Necessary to remove the suspension linkage during swingarm maintenence?

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Im about to remove my swingarm today im a little confused if im supposed to completely remove the linkage (linkage to frame mount) also or just unbolt from the swingarm? Im doing this to be on the safe side of everything and do the maintenence but im also kind of new to ripping it down and putting back together shes already all apart except for the swingarm and linkage. Thanks everybody you guys have been a great help thanks for replies in advance

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Everything that moves should be disassembled for cleaning and grease.  Grease the moving joints and the bolts that secure the parts together.

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How have you guys got this bolt torqued in on reinstallation of the linkage? Its the frame to linkage mount pivot bolt

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How have you guys got this bolt torqued in on reinstallation of the linkage? Its the frame to linkage mount pivot bolt

17 mm box-end on the other side and a short 17 mm socket for 3/8 of 1/2 torque wrench. Sometimes you have to remove the brake light switch from the frame.

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Im gonna ask again cuz i want to be extra safe but that was yes tk using the bel ray waterproof grease on the swingarm pivot bolt? The clymer says molybdenum disulfide grease i have 2 dif greases and neither specify whether they are that grease. I was just wondering thank you everyone! Lol currently having trouble removing the swingarm pivot and linkage mount pivot bolt. Those bolts are reallyyyyyy in there

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Small problem it looks like someone put silicone on the swingarm pivot bolt to hold it in

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Small problem it looks like someone put silicone on the swingarm pivot bolt to hold it in

 Why is it a problem? it’s silicone, not epoxy.

 

if it kept water/corrosion out of the motor-bolt cavity, it may be a brilliant mod!

 

Wooden dowel & hammer that sucker out!

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Clymer manual is very generic.  Molybdenum disulfide grease is good stuff often recommended for high speed hi load bearings.  That is not the case for suspensions.  Belray will be great.

 

Yes the suspension pivot bolts are way tight.  They are 14mm fasteners.  Use good tools to loosen and remove. 6 point sockets and 6 point box wrenches preferred.

 

Removing the swing arm pivot bolt is often a problem.  Do not hammer directly on the end of the bolt.  Do not put the nut on then hammer on the end of the bolt as is sometimes suggested.  If you need to hammer, use a soft metal drift (brass or aluminum) and it should cover all of the end of the bolt.  The perfect drift punch is one the same size as the bolt with a nose to center on the hollow bolt.  Wood is OK if the bolt is not stuck.  It it is, wood will not get the job done.

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Weve been tryin i got like 4 buddys shes in there pretty good. Still gonna keep trying

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Most of the time the swing arm bolt is corroded to the engine case.  Soak with a mixture of 1/2 ATF, 1/4 paint thinner and 1/4 acetone.  edit - no open flames

 

For a multitude of reasons the engine case will bind the swing arm bolt and frame, loosen the engine mounts. 

 

If wood dowels will not work, aluminum or steel rod stock is needed.  Machine with a guide pin and make sure the overall diameter is small than the bolt.

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