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Removing linkage/swingarm bearings for maintenance

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I have a question about how people go about removing the various sets of linkage and swingarm bearings for routine maintenance. I have done lots of searches over the last few days, but I haven't seen a good description of how to get the needle bearings out. The maintenance manual says to use all sorts of special removers and a hydraulic press. I may be wrong, but I am guessing not many people use a hydraulic press for this. Does anyone have a suggestion for how to safely remove the bearings for greasing using realtively standard tools (or even makeshift ones?)

Thanks in advance-

Steve

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I've heard you can use a large vise with various sockets as rams. You can also get creative with allthread, sockets and washers. I personally use a press. I picked up a harbor freight 12 ton for $100. I have to say it was money well spent. It makes service work so easy and you'd be surprised how much use you get out of it.

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You don't remove them for routine maintenance, just take the assembly apart then pack more grease in. Or, remove needles with a small magnet, then clean, grease and re-assemble.

If your looking to install new bearings, using sockets just smaller than the bearing bore and a vise (used like a press), or hammering the socket with a dead blow works if you don't have a press. Check youtube or Rocky Mountain ATV for how to videos.

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Ahh. Right now I just want to grease them as preventive maintenance. So if I remove the dust seals and collars, the open bearing side is facing outwards so I can pack grease in?

Sorry for the noobie questions - never done this before and I appreciate the help.

Steve

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