Grease my WR
Posted February 04, 2012 - 04:31 AM
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Posted February 08, 2012 - 06:37 AM
Usually a cold, wet miserably snowy rainy day is a perfect time to take the bike apart for regreasing.
That is the only time to do that job! LOL
Posted February 14, 2012 - 03:47 PM
I rode my new 09 for about half a dozen rides before digging into it. I had a little rust starting to collect on the swing arm bearings. I checked again this year after a year of riding and had 0 rust anywhere. The factory grease is no good. Get in there as soon as you can. Most of the bearings are needle bearings and are easy to get clean and repacked once removed. Careful not to loose any. The wheel bearings are sealed and you can either leave them or carefully open them up to re grease. I left them for the first year but opened them up this year.
Did the 2011 come with the detailed manual? If so it will guide you well.
Thanks to TT or I probably would have ended up with a messed up swing arm at some time!
Posted February 15, 2012 - 09:20 AM
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Posted February 18, 2012 - 01:03 AM
All I've ever used for the past 35-odd years of dirtbike riding and maintenance is plain old waterproof "boating" grease.
Any brand, Castrol, Shell, Mobil, BP, whatever.
Its readily available, cheap and works perfectly.
I've never had to replace a suspension/steering bearing in any bike that I've used it on.
Posted February 18, 2012 - 06:33 AM
It isn't really that much work to do it. Probably three hours start to finish the first time if you have an impact wrench and sockets to fit the bolts. Once you figure out how it comes apart and have the old junk out, it will be much faster.
Heck! It takes me far more than 3 hours to do just the steering head bearings!! Well, that's including removing every single bolt and putting never seize on it too. Maniac
Posted February 18, 2012 - 03:34 PM
the poly lube grease isn't going to cause you any issues for the first bit of riding - i say get the bike and enjoy it for a while. mid season or end of season tear it down and do a yearly lube.....if you're going to go over the entire bike, may as well buy used! haha
I agree here. I disassembled my 04 earlier this year for dare i say the first time ������
Most of the bearings were still in good nick being protected by the poly lube, the swing arm ones were rooted however. But through research at the time the general feeling with the poly lube was that it was only used when yamaha felt like it lol some times nothing at all. Not sure if that has changed since then.
But if your bike has the poly lube id say youd be right for a bit of play riding here and there before you find the right cold and rainy day to attack it. But do not forget about it!!!!!!!!!!!
I used belray waterproof too. Good stuff imo
Edited by aussieklx, February 18, 2012 - 03:35 PM.