06 WR450F Suspension Installation...

Nice pics, but...did you grease your swingarm and shock linkage when you had it apart? If not, that was the perfect time to do it :thumbsup:...SC

Nice post, but You left out at least 7 or 8 of the necessary steps! (all of them beer related of course)

Nice pics, but...did you grease your swingarm and shock linkage when you had it apart? If not, that was the perfect time to do it :busted:...SC

Actually, I don't think I did grease the lower pin on the rear shock. I need to retorque that bolt anyway, shouldn't be too much trouble to pull it out again. Thanks :thumbsup:

Nice post, but You left out at least 7 or 8 of the necessary steps! (all of them beer related of course)

Yes, I agree, there wasn't a whole lot of time between taking pics and putting part back together, next time I will have 6 or 7 extra "steps" at the beggining :thumbsup:

Actually, I don't think I did grease the lower pin on the rear shock. I need to retorque that bolt anyway, shouldn't be too much trouble to pull it out again. Thanks :thumbsup:

It's a little more involved than that. You really need to take the linkage and swingarm apart and re-grease all the bearings. The same should be done for the steering stem and bearings...SC

It's a little more involved than that. You really need to take the linkage and swingarm apart and re-grease all the bearings. The same should be done for the steering stem and bearings...SC

Clark you love greasing your bearings lol seems like your always the one reminding everyone. i just did mine for the first time last weekend. wasnt too bad. boy could i tell a differance too! how you liken that dr. d? did you notice they changed the looks of it for 06. some one i know is getting one for fathersday. as soon as its bolted up i well get pics and post!

What did all that cost minus shipping?

What did all that cost minus shipping?

$698 - @$40~$50 shipping = $648~$658

They said my suspension looked good before they revalved and that saved me some money. So, I guess if your suspension is shot, it'll cost more.

It's a little more involved than that. You really need to take the linkage and swingarm apart and re-grease all the bearings. The same should be done for the steering stem and bearings...SC

Oh, THOSE bearings, no, didn't do that. I had time to do it though, but I didn't know I should've... ohhh well :thumbsup:

Clark you love greasing your bearings lol seems like your always the one reminding everyone. i just did mine for the first time last weekend. wasnt too bad. boy could i tell a differance too! how you liken that dr. d? did you notice they changed the looks of it for 06. some one i know is getting one for fathersday. as soon as its bolted up i well get pics and post!

Nope, I actually hated doing it, but I've seen what happens when you don't. Then it becomes a real pain in the arse. I figure if you're gonna spend the Benjamins on a professionally tuned suspension, then why not spend an extra $5 on grease? If things can't move properly, then your suspension won't work and you've just stepped over dollars to pick up dimes...I saw the new Dr.D's but the pics are of the carbon fiber and Ti cans. Did they redo the full stainless can as well?...SC

Nope, I actually hated doing it, but I've seen what happens when you don't...

What happens when you don't? How many miles were on the bike that you saw? Would a bike with 100 miles on it need it's steering stem and swingarm bearings regreased?

A brand new bike needs it. Mine had about 100 miles on it when I did it and it's like Yamaha just waves the grease gun at the steering stem bearings. The shock and swingarm have needle bearings either free floating in grease or encased in a supposed "permanently lubricated" nylon like substance. Either way, the factory lubricant is insufficient. The perma-lube stuff doesn't work as advertised and should be removed from the needle bearings and replaced with a generous amount of waterproof grease. I've seen it get overworked and actually look like it's burned. Do a search for "string cheese" as I think there's a write up someone did about it. There also was an article in either Dirt Bike or Dirt Rider recently about necessary bearing lubrication on new bikes. It's not right that they come this way out of the box, but it's reality. Sorry for the bad news...SC

Well dang, wonder why Yamaha would under grease year after year on every single bike? My only guess would be that:

string cheese = longer "life", less performance

waterproof grease = shorter life, more performance

:thumbsup:

Looks like another project is on the way, http://www.thumperfaq.com/swingarm.htm

I'll log it and let you know what mine looks like... Thanks.

i thought the stainless steel one would be but i guess its not as i just opened my dads and its just like the one i have

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now