NOT another "no-grease-in-the-linkage" post
Posted December 06, 2010 - 08:35 PM
I'm not a racer anymore (atleast that's what I tell the wife...I may pick it up again if my son wants to start, but I digress), but we rode every weekend this summer. After reading many posts about Yamaha and poor lubrication from the factory, and horror stories about seized bolts and bearings I figured I had better get out to the "man-cave" and get tearing my bike apart. The poor old girl had spent many an afternoon dragging her belly through the mud and creek crossings, puddles and snot. According to most everything I read here lately, I might as well just get the pneumatic hammer and sawzall out as my bike was probably just one big mass of seized aluminum and steel.
With the first nut off the linkage out, I prepared to begin bashing at the bolt...but I started with a light tap - and bolt flew out slick as snot on a doorknob. So did all the rest. Well, that must mean the the bearings are all rusted and screwed up...but that wasn't the case either.
Long story short (if it's not too late already), there WAS grease in all the bearings. NO stringcheese as I suspected. Agreed, it was a little thin and getting blackish, but grease just the same.
Of course, being another OCD rider/maintainer, I still stripped them apart, cleaned and re-greased...but it's good to know that there is a LITTLE grease in them from the factory. At least enough to get this old rider through a season.
Posted December 06, 2010 - 11:54 PM
I was lucky with my '08 as well in that regard.
Thankfully the little jap bloke at Hamamastu actually dipped his finger in the grease pot with my bike instead of pretending to!
Sadly it seems that many have not been so lucky.
Posted December 07, 2010 - 04:56 AM
Posted December 07, 2010 - 05:48 AM
Posted December 07, 2010 - 06:34 AM
How often are you guys re-greasing your rear linkage?
Once a year, but our conditions are relatively dry here in SoCal. I'd do it more often if conditions were wetter/muddier.
Posted December 07, 2010 - 08:39 AM
Posted December 07, 2010 - 08:44 AM
Posted December 07, 2010 - 12:37 PM
Posted December 07, 2010 - 08:43 PM
Posted December 07, 2010 - 08:57 PM
Posted December 08, 2010 - 01:23 AM
My bike has done about 3000km and I've greased mine four times, including the swingarm pivot. I rebuilt the shock as well at about 2,700km.
Posted December 08, 2010 - 05:51 AM
Posted December 08, 2010 - 08:49 AM
My Kawasaki KLR 650 rear bearings were barely greased also. I lubed them up completely after 1000 miles or so. Even my Road Star was barely lubed. Seems like standard operating procedure for most bike manufacturers.
Posted December 09, 2010 - 08:54 PM
Pulled the swing arm off this evening to do those bearings, and there was almost no grease in these. My first sense of something wrong was when I pulled the bolt out and it was wet and a bit rusty. I'm not sure why water gathers there more than other places. I did notice that there are steel "grease caps"(?) on the outside of the bearings, but not the inside because the sleeves are longer than the bearing housings and stick out about 1/2" on the insides. This may be the reason water gets in and rusts the crap out of them.
I now see why the experienced guys here say to do these impotant greasing points atleast once a year.