Swingarm bearing grease

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  • MN_Paul

Posted October 08, 2006 - 10:20 AM


A friend of mine mentioned that I should check the swingarm bearings on my 05 WR450. I was shocked at the shape they were in (I recently bought the bike used). Even with the shock disconnected, the swingarm could barely move. One set was a just a mass of dried out grease and rust. Only the ones in the main swingarm pivot actually could move. I know this is coverd in the archives, but somehow it should be mentioned periodically or put in a sticky with other items "What every WR owner should know".

Where can I purchase replacement bearings?


  • phatcat99

Posted October 08, 2006 - 04:13 PM


try www.pivotworks.com

  • Anthony CRF450

Posted October 08, 2006 - 06:30 PM


I was about to check my 05 wr
but the manual says it does not require maintenace
the bearings are sealed

anyone else read this?

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  • clark4131

Posted October 08, 2006 - 06:55 PM


I was about to check my 05 wr
but the manual says it does not require maintenace
the bearings are sealed

anyone else read this?

Lies!!! Take it apart and you'll see what they mean by "sealed". There's this viscoelastic stuff in there that is packed around the needle bearing, and it's supposed to never need greasing...pure crap! It's supposed to be the same way in the shock linkage...more BS. In my '05, I had a combination of both viscoelastic and free needle bearing packed in grease, very little grease. Get yourself a dental pick and get all that crap out of there. Save the bearings, get some good waterproof grease, Bel-Ray worked well for me, and repack everything. Your linkage and swingarm will thank you...SC

  • MN_Paul

Posted October 09, 2006 - 06:27 PM


Pivot works only lists up to an 04. Is the 05 kit the same. My swingarm bearings are servicable but the linkage bearings are dead.


  • johnnyjeep

Posted October 09, 2006 - 07:43 PM


I am about to take my 06 steering apart to lube because they are making noises when I turn. I guess that now I will be taking aprt the rear of the bike as well. Is there any other place I need to be concerned about (besides the wheel bearings).

  • EricZ

Posted October 09, 2006 - 08:46 PM


Don't screw around with those steering head bearings. WR's with oil in the frame heat the head bearing much more than on other bikes and it needs more frequent servicing. I just replaced mine and it was a bit of a PITA.


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