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post #1 of 5 Old 02-18-2011, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Frame bearing maintenance

Hey all. Don't know if this is the right place to ask this. Move it if you have too. or point me someplace here to find out what I'm going to need to know. I got a few seasons on my '04 now, and never have done any bearing lube or anything. Thinking maybe i better do something with this before I get into some trouble. Not sure what all gets checked on the frame, and not sure what I need to do with the steering head. Everything feels alright, but I don't have anything else to compare it to. If I wreck something pulling things aprt, it could be awhile before I get new parts. I'm not close to a dealer and don't buy online yet. Do I need special wrenchs to work on the steering stem?
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Special tools are required to overhaul the steering.

Adjusting the steering probably doesn't. Kawasaki has a special wrench for adjusting the steering stem. It looks like a pair of channel locks or a plumbing wrench with a notch in it. I don't think I've ever heard of anybody absolutely needing one. It looks like this:



However, if your handlebars swing through their arc smoothly and with no binding, and there is no discernible play in the steering head, you may be better off to leave well enough alone. You can check the steering head for play by grasping the lower fork legs and pulling and pushing back and forth - this with the bike on a jack, of course.

At six years from new, I would be far more concerned with the swing arm bushings and the suspension toggle pivots. The bolt that secures the swing arm is installed at the factory with .00000001 cubic centimeters of grease and is famous for rusting badly. Best to get it out of there and get it properly lubed up. You may find that corrosion makes it difficult to remove. If you are really ambitious, it is possible to install Zerk fittings on the swing arm so it can be easily lubed at regular intervals.

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At six years from new, I would be far more concerned with the swing arm bushings and the suspension toggle pivots. The bolt that secures the swing arm is installed at the factory with .00000001 cubic centimeters of grease and is famous for rusting badly. Best to get it out of there and get it properly lubed up. You may find that corrosion makes it difficult to remove. If you are really ambitious, it is possible to install Zerk fittings on the swing arm so it can be easily lubed at regular intervals.

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Yea the swing arm bolt on my 08 was already corroded 6 months from new when I got around to greasing up the linkage.

Do yourself a favor and soak it in PB-Blaster overnight before attempting to remove it. You'll most likely need a long drift type punch to drive it out. I think i used a long 1/2" extension. Use anti-seize when you install.

One more thing, loosen the lower engine mount bolt under the swing arm when you put everything back together or you'll be fighting the swing arm bolt.

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I think I have a idea of what bolts and bushings I have to grease up. I looked at a picture of a bare frame. Do any of these bolts get upgraded? I read where people put bolt kits in the frame. Which ones, and can I get these at Ace Hardware or other fastner supply house? My frame is rusting in places. These things ever rust through?
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