Grease your swingarms!
Posted June 12, 2005 - 12:49 PM
Posted June 12, 2005 - 01:49 PM
Good advise. I have 200 miles on my 05 and I'll do the as soon as I can. How long did it take to do it? Is it a pain to do? Please advise ol' knowledgable one.
Posted June 12, 2005 - 03:25 PM
I know we've all heard it before, but I'll say it from my own experience. 263 miles on an 05WR450 and the swingarm bearing looked pretty dry. Was able to save them all but the relay arm bearings were the worst. So dry that they were showing signs of heat on the bushing. Needles didn't even have enough grease to keep them in the cage when I pulled the bushing out. I don't know why the factory refuses to grease them sufficiently, but take it for what it's worth. GREASE YOU LINKAGE.
Wow, I'm over due now! I have 253 miles on mine! I may do it tomorrow in fact.
Posted June 12, 2005 - 05:30 PM
It was a joke to do;
Take the tire off, brake line clamps, lower shock bolt, connecting link bolt, and then the swing arm pivot.
Was out, cleaned, greased, and back in in just under 2 hrs. And that was in this lovely MI heat today.
Oh, check you axle bearings while the wheel is out
Posted June 12, 2005 - 09:24 PM
Posted June 12, 2005 - 10:45 PM
Posted June 13, 2005 - 03:30 AM
same goes for the steering head bearings. The slide pins in the calipers are probably the most important things to grease, as the rubber seal/bushing isnt avaliable as a spare part Yep, you read it right, when the rubber wears out and perishes they expect you to buy a new caliper, or make a sleeve out of nylon like I did for my ol' 2 banger - it's rough, needs regular lubrication, but it works
What else have you guys run into that I would need to do, I got 360 miles on mine
Japanese moto goes 'save $1 grease each bike, sell million bikes, save million dollars!" Road bikes arent immune from this equation either. At 5000km's, my z1000 is also overdue
Posted June 27, 2005 - 05:05 AM
Posted June 27, 2005 - 05:06 PM
I ride some pretty tough trails, and some muddy stuff to boot. The real abuse on my bearing is the fact that I could stand to lose 50 lbs!
Posted June 27, 2005 - 05:27 PM
Posted June 27, 2005 - 08:40 PM