Swingarm Bearing Cleaning
Posted March 25, 2002 - 05:44 PM
Anyways, regarding the swingarm and associated shock linkages:
#1. when cleaning the needle bearings, take out the oil seals? leave em in? If you take em out, is there a trick, or do you replace with new every time you clean/lube the bearings?
#2. Lets pretend the above answer was "take em out - destroy em" and I now have a swingarm full of needle bearings and grease. Ive heard pro's and cons about using just about every kind of solvent known to man on aluminum. What do you guys use to clean out the old grease? It appears that carb/choke cleaner is the way to go, but any alternatives?
#3. Repacking - any problems with synthetic hi-temp grease w/moly?
Sorry if these are redundant, I searched but didn't find anything *too* specific, so apologies if this info exists elsewhere.
Posted March 25, 2002 - 06:51 PM
Posted March 26, 2002 - 03:58 AM
Season #1/2 I just cleaned and serviced my swing arm and link bearings They were in good shape. This season I went ahead and pressed in all new bearings...(There was still nothing wrong with them other than a little discoloration of the bearing holder...but I figured why chance it.) This year I will also change out my wheel bearings...even though they too are still in good shape.
I have gotton my money's worth out of my bearings. I would like to think it's because I lube my wheel bearings atleast every two months with good molly grease, and I lube the swing arm bearings atleast twice a year (Only takes a couple of hours....I do it on a rain out weekend to keep me from going stir crazy).
Hope this helps....
[ March 26, 2002: Message edited by: YAMAKAZE ]
Posted March 26, 2002 - 05:36 AM
I appreciate the info very much, thanks!!!