Grease Fittings in Rear Linkage and Swingarm

Has anyone tried installing grease fittings in the rear shock linkage and swingarm on a WR?

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It would be piss easy to drill then tap in some nipples.

I would be worried about cracking happening if you did do it, as well as the dirt and dust that makes it's way past the seals.

The rear linkage has some sort of oil-impregnated plastic bushings in it I believe. The manual said something or other about them. On my xr600 there were grease fiitings, I was somewhat aghast my WR had no fittings. But then when I went to grease them I found out I didn't really need to do such very often.

I thought about doing something similiar to the steering head bearings at one time, I opted against it due to the amount of grease that it would take to fill that void. Not to mention that all of that grease would act as a steering stabilizer. Anyhow, the roller bearings inside of your swingarm ARE in fact incased in a plastic type material. So adding a grease zerk to that probably isn't a good idea. BUT you could get rid of all that plastic stuff, then your needle bearings become "free floating" so to speak. I had a four wheeler once where I installed a grease zerk into the swing arm, where the axle went through it. In this case, although it may seem like a great idea (even I like it) I think that the engineers would have put one of them in there when building the machine. I have a WR 250F, I'll just stick to pulling it all apart periodically. Cheers!

yes i have. The problem with putting grease fittings on the shock linkage is that the bolts and the collars are made of very hard steel. I had my local machine shop cut very small holes on both, about 1/16 of an inch holes. I have grease fittings on my rear brake pedal, both swingarm bearings and all 3 pivot points of the linkage. I used a small grease gun loaded with moly grease. Make sure you take your time aligning the point where you place your holes in the linkage bolts and collars so they are placed in the center area of the bearings. Oh yes one more thing, the linkage bolts are already drilled out and I tapped the open end of the linkage bolts and used a large grease fitting. Good Luck. :thumbsup:

yes i have. The problem with putting grease fittings on the shock linkage is that the bolts and the collars are made of very hard steel. I had my local machine shop cut very small holes on both, about 1/16 of an inch holes. I have grease fittings on my rear brake pedal, both swingarm bearings and all 3 pivot points of the linkage. I used a small grease gun loaded with moly grease. Make sure you take your time aligning the point where you place your holes in the linkage bolts and collars so they are placed in the center area of the bearings. Oh yes one more thing, the linkage bolts are already drilled out and I tapped the open end of the linkage bolts and used a large grease fitting. Good Luck. :thumbsup:

can you show some pics?

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