$200 Cdn bearing lesson
Posted June 29, 2002 - 07:03 PM
I was told about 1/2 year ago to service them before they wear out due to a lack of quality grease. I though to myself, "no way, it's only 6 months old, the bearing will be good for years". Much to my dismay, the horrible squeek started and became annoying very quickly.
Tearing the bike apart was the easy part, putting it back together is another story. Not only did I have to pack all the bearings, I cleaned every nut and bolt on the wheel grinder, cleaned and packed the kicklever, footpegs, kickstand, clutch lever, and installed new rear pads. My pad rod had a groove in it that stopped the brakes from wearing evenly. It doesn't take much neglect to have things fall apart quickly.
Fair warning to all who have not checked there swing arm bearings, the factory does not do a good job, you must inspect and repack them yourself or it will cost you $200 Cdn.
Follow the instructions in the book and you will not have any problems.
Posted July 01, 2002 - 02:51 PM
Posted July 01, 2002 - 05:10 PM
Posted July 02, 2002 - 12:41 AM
Every 3 months for the kick starter & foot brake pivot
When you oil the chain also put some chain lube on the foot pegs & clutch leaver , front brake leaver.
Posted July 03, 2002 - 12:43 PM
Just drilled between the bearings on each side of the swingarm.
One pump of grease after every couple of rides is all it needs.
Checked it after 2 years, and it was still like new.
Linkage bearings still need regular attention, but at least they are easy to get to.