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When did you last grease your swingarm and linkage?

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My rear suspension was really stiff the past few rides. So stiff in fact, that I took the shock in for service because I thought something was wrong with it.

While the shock was off, I tried to move the swing arm up and down and it barely moved. So I took all day sunday, disassembled the linkages and bearings, cleaned the needles (as best I could), and greased everything liberally.

What a PITFA !!!!! I guess I won't wait 4 years before I do that again.

I would post pictures, but you can look up any of the rusted out photos of other swingarms and see what mine looked like. It was really bad.

I got it all fixed now and the swing arm moves very freely.

If you aren't riding this weekend, then you should be greasing your swingarm and linkages

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My rear suspension was really stiff the past few rides. So stiff in fact, that I took the shock in for service because I thought something was wrong with it.

While the shock was off, I tried to move the swing arm up and down and it barely moved. So I took all day sunday, disassembled the linkages and bearings, cleaned the needles (as best I could), and greased everything liberally.

What a PITFA !!!!! I guess I won't wait 4 years before I do that again.

I would post pictures, but you can look up any of the rusted out photos of other swingarms and see what mine looked like. It was really bad.

I got it all fixed now and the swing arm moves very freely.

If you aren't riding this weekend, then you should be greasing your swingarm and linkages

Maurice I checked mine while the shock was off to re-spring. It was nice and gooey in there...!

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Maurice I checked mine while the shock was off to re-spring. It was nice and gooey in there...!

You are a smarter man than I :smirk:

I've sat back over the years, marveled and thumped my chest at the low maintenance and reliability of the WR's, all the while my linkage bearings were rusting away. Those water crossings don't help.

I've added this to my annual maintenance routine

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Just did mine 3 weeks ago. I was changing the oil and couldn't remember if I had ever done it. Took like 10 minute and didn't even hurt a bit.

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I try to do mine every winter. The way I figure it, I beat the living heck out of her all summer, so the least I can do is treat her well all winter. I even re-checked them during the summer racing break, and only the very lowest one had dis-colored from water entering into the bearing. If you use a pressure washer, your definately going to be doing more damage then just riding thru water. Just a thought. Maniac

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Just did mine 3 weeks ago. I was changing the oil and couldn't remember if I had ever done it. Took like 10 minute and didn't even hurt a bit.

10 mins? Boy... you are fast :smirk:

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My WR is an 09 but was purchased in 2010. I have ridden it for over a year and in my last race I broke the rear chain guide off the swingarm. I pulled the swingarm off for welding and found the axle/linkage/etc was BONE DRY! I smothered it in synthetic Sikolene grease. Definitely part of my maintenance routine from now on.

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Took like 10 minute and didn't even hurt a bit.

Impossible.

But then, I'm going to allow you a very liberal dose of artistic license:smirk:

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had to replace every bearing in my swing arm assembly because the previous owner never greased it. every bearing was rusted solid and took us a few hours of heating and pounding on them to get them free. it was a pain in the ass but atleast it rides like a dream now. -Wes

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I seem to get to it about twice a year when I rejet for winter vs summer riding. As I usually take the shock off to make the rejet go with less swearing I just clean and grease the linkage. On the other hand my wheel and steering bearings could probably use some attention...:eek:

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had to replace every bearing in my swing arm assembly because the previous owner never greased it. every bearing was rusted solid and took us a few hours of heating and pounding on them to get them free. it was a pain in the ass but atleast it rides like a dream now. -Wes

Same here. Except most of mine disintegrated when I took it all apart...yeesh

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Just did mine 3 weeks ago. I was changing the oil and couldn't remember if I had ever done it. Took like 10 minute and didn't even hurt a bit.

Maybe just for the bottom link under the shock. But they see the most abuse/water. Takes me that long to find the right socket.

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What. Huh. Never. You should do that?

Those are the words I often hear.

And then the best one: why is that orange dust coming out?

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Takes me that long to find the right socket.

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Why the socket?

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Why the socket?

If you neglect your bearings, like I did, they will get rusted and frozen inside of the linkage. You need a socket to hammer the sleeves out to get to the bearing. Then you'll use the socket to hammer the new bearing in.

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RE the hammering with sockets, et al. I've seen suspension pivot bolts so frozen in that the bike had to be laid on the side and a big punch & hammer (the kind you drive railroad stakes in) AFTER letting lubrication seep in overnight. Not my bike, but it was my entertainment to watch for 30 minutes. I kid you not when I say the owner thought about putting the back of the WRF in the deep chest freezer in hopes something would shrink and then come out. :eek:

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Takes me that long to find the right socket.

To take the bolts out of the linkage...:eek:

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I kid you not when I say the owner thought about putting the back of the WRF in the deep chest freezer in hopes something would shrink and then come out. :eek:

Look at the auto parts - someone makes a spray now that supercools parts to break them loose. If you cool the whole assembly you get nowhere, and a lot safer than using heat around the aluminum heat treated linkage.

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