Linkage Lube

Does everyone still lube the linkage on there new ones? I always do but I heard that the new bearing are sealed! also what is that rubber/plastic stuff on the bearings? :cry:

Yes! remove the swingarm and clean and regrease all bearings, especially the outer swingarm bearings every 4 months or so.

Yamaha still puts that "plastic" grease in the linkage bearings. You can remove it or just clean and wipe a bit of new grease over the plastic. I take the plastic out once it starts looking raggy.

I removed the plasctic and I use Maxima water proof grease. It seems to work very well.

Do it! I was at a race a couple weeks ago and tried out a friend's WR. His rear suspension was beautifully plush, as compared to mine, which felt like sitting on a brick. Went home and tore apart my linkage and slathered it in waterproof grease. Didn't mess with the "swiss cheese" permalube stuff inside the bearings, just put lots of grease everywhere. Whole process took around 1.5 hours.

Took the bike out the next day and it rides like a dream. Just pissed that I didn't do it sooner.

Does everyone still lube the linkage on there new ones? I always do but I heard that the new bearing are sealed! also what is that rubber/plastic stuff on the bearings? :cry:

from the 250F FAQ index page,

http://www.thumperfaq.com/sitemap.htm

see the YZF / WRF SWINGARM LINKAGE GREASING HOWTO:

http://www.thumperfaq.com/swingarm.htm

jim aka the wrooster

'01 wr250f

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