Need Help Getting Swingarm and Linkage Bolts Out
Posted August 29, 2011 - 06:33 PM
Stuck swingarm bolt (the one kinda behind the brake peddle)
Stuck linkage bolt
Posted August 29, 2011 - 08:28 PM
FYI you will probably have to remove your brake pedal for the main swingarm bolt to come out.
Posted August 29, 2011 - 08:35 PM
Posted August 29, 2011 - 09:21 PM
Posted August 30, 2011 - 06:12 AM
They can see frozen or one size too large if neglected.
Be careful not to ruin any threads or bolt heads.
Posted August 30, 2011 - 01:11 PM
Thanks guys, this is what I thought, but just wanted to be sure there wasn't a C-clip or something hidden in there. I know this bearing service is WAY overdue, but I live by the "if it aint broke, don't fix it" rule.
I feel your pain. I neglected mine too. I found the 2lb sledge hammer to be the most effective tool. I used a long 3/8 inch extension to allow me to reach it.
I think you have to really, really put some brute force behind it.
the good thing is that you won't do any damage by hammering the pin out. Just keep the socket extenstion over it. Once you get it to move a little, then you'll be able to get it to move a lot.
If you think the bolt is hard to get out, wait til you see the bearings and what it will take to get them out.
Posted August 30, 2011 - 01:29 PM
Posted September 01, 2011 - 03:46 AM
You'll need a release agent such as plusgas and plenty of heat and a big hammer
Put the nut on the end of the bolt to protect the threads of the bolts, heat them up good and proper, and start beating on them
they will come out eventually but its a painful experience & once is more than enough to make taking out and greasing once a year part of your preventative maint schedule
Had the same linkage bolt stuck in on my DRZ and it took 3 weekends of beating on it to get it out
Heat is the key
You'll destroy the oil seals with the heat but its a small price to pay
There are stories on the DRZ forum (which runs the same swingarm arrangement, of having to cut the swiingarm off and cut through the swingarm pivot by th engine casing, to get it out.
The swingarm pivot is seized where it runs through the back of the engine cases
Posted September 01, 2011 - 03:50 AM
Don't be afraid to belt the absolute crap out of the bolt to get it out. I had to give mine some seriously sweet lov'n before it would budge an inch.
Posted September 01, 2011 - 06:16 AM
Posted September 02, 2011 - 04:03 AM
Your engine gets hot anyway, so your concern is unfounded
There's no engine seals near to damage
Posted September 02, 2011 - 06:24 AM
Posted September 04, 2011 - 05:10 AM
Or weld two pieces of rod in a T shape to make one. That will keep hands out of the way. Dont forget the safety glasses. Steel rod tends to spall when hit.
Grease is your friend...
Edited by gsa102, September 04, 2011 - 05:11 AM.