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Adding grease fittings - yea or nay??

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I noticed on the rear suspension link on my 07 "L", there are just two bumps where others have reported two grease fittings. Would it be a bad idea to drill and install two grease fittings there WHILE IT'S STILL MOUNTED ON THE BIKE? Too much of a chance of damaging the bearings? Your thoughts?

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If you like to wash your bike a lot or ride where it's wet i think it's a great idea!(If done right..)

OOps i just read again.."While it's on the bike"..humm,not good.

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I noticed on the rear suspension link on my 07 "L", there are just two bumps where others have reported two grease fittings. Would it be a bad idea to drill and install two grease fittings there WHILE IT'S STILL MOUNTED ON THE BIKE? Too much of a chance of damaging the bearings? Your thoughts?

You must disassemble and install them.

There would be too many metal shaving's in there from the drilling and the tapping....

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OK, that's pretty much what I figured, although I was hoping to hear something else:cry:

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I thought about doing that too, but if I recall, the bearing cages have to be removed. Let us know if you do do it, take lots of pics!

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hummmm...my 2001 has four grease fittings (zerks) on the suspension :thumbsup:

:thumbsup:

My 04 only has one one the tube the swingarm bolt goes through. Like Denn said, there are flats on the dog bone where they would be.

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My 04 only has one one the tube the swingarm bolt goes through. Like Denn said, there are flats on the dog bone where they would be.

double checked my 2001...one on upper swingarm tube, one where the shock arm pivots topside, one the lower front dogbone and one lower rear dogbone...even the Clymer Manual shows four :thumbsup:

:thumbsup:

P.S. maybe urs has an aftermarket lowering link installed?

P.S.S. do the make lowering & raising links for the XRL???

i've got raising links on my other Piggy(KLR)...nice addition if seat height is not an issue.

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double checked my 2001...one on upper swingarm tube, one where the shock arm pivots topside, one the lower front dogbone and one lower rear dogbone...even the Clymer Manual shows four :thumbsup:

:thumbsup:

P.S. maybe urs has an aftermarket lowering link installed?

P.S.S. do the make lowering & raising links for the XRL???

i've got raising links on my other Piggy(KLR)...nice addition if seat height is not an issue.

Never heard of a raising link for an L. There are lowering links.

From my experience the place that grease fittings are needed the most are on the dogbone. I have seen three different bikes where those were toast. Including my bike right now.

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Some years have them, some dont. My 05 only has one on the swing arm, and my dads 01 has them all over the place.

We are both the orig owners.

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I noticed on the rear suspension link on my 07 "L", there are just two bumps where others have reported two grease fittings. Would it be a bad idea to drill and install two grease fittings there WHILE IT'S STILL MOUNTED ON THE BIKE? Too much of a chance of damaging the bearings? Your thoughts?

SO yours is definitely not been drilled and tapped for a zerk fitting? maybe one broke off flush???? I would install them, without them most people are too lazy to take everything apart as often as they really need to and lube the bearings before they go dry and rust up so having the fitting sticking out staring at ya will prolly help you out in the long run keeping your bearings greased up.

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Hi Denn, my dogbone definitely does not, nor did it ever have grease fittings. I haven't checked the upper shock mount as someone mentioned. Other than that, just one on the swingarm. I don't think I'll take it apart now, since riding weather is finally here, I'll take it apart, inspect, lube and install fittings next winter.:thumbsup:

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It is worth while. It will take only about an hour. Also install them in the wheel hubs and brake pedal. Use Marine waterproof grease.

Where on the hubs did you install? Have any pics?

Thanks.

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