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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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might want to check your swingarm bearings

Invader had a previous post where he found some tightness in the swingarm shaft or something like that. I finally pulled mine tonite and didn't find much lube at all on the bearings. It's an 09 with 9k on it. Bearing shaft fit was fine, but I'm glad I didn't wait to regrease the bearings. R and R the swingarm was easy. I was expecting elephant wrestling like on the Tiger, but it was cake. Also noted that the swingarm shaft weighed almost as much as the swingarm, damn that thing is light. You can do this job in a hr. or less.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-13-2011, 08:51 AM
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There were quite a few reports of this on the UK forum as well.

Thank you for the reminder.
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I'll be pulling the wheel to change sprockets anyway so I will check the bearings at the same time. Thanks for the heads up.
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Can you guys give a little more detail on how to check/lube the swing arm bearings?
I have never checked or greased swing arm bearings before.

Is it as easy as putting a thin layer of grease on the shaft, or straight on the needle bearings?

The service manual shows the need for a special tool to remove the swing arm bearings (removal not needed for inspection, though). Also, it does not say to grease anything, so the manual is not much help, it seems.

Thanks in advance for any help and advice.

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no special tools needed. after pulling the wheel, or leave it on if you're a hulk, remove the nut and tap out the swingarm bolt. then tap out the inner sleeve from the brake side of the swingarm. get some moly grease and glop it on the 2 needle bearings on the sprocket side and the needle bearing on the brake side. cover the sleeve in grease and reinsert. you can't overgrease. grease the bolt and put it back together.
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