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post #1 of 7 Old 08-26-2008, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Took a mental health day to do swing arm lube

I called in at 7:30 to say I wouldn't be in today but I wasn't there to answer the phone so I left a message that I wouldn't be in today. Temp was in the mid 60's so I thought it was a good time to finally lube the swing arm and shock linkage on the '05. A pretty straight forward procedure although I hadn't done one before. Only three of the bushings showed any rust/corrosion.

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I have "got" to do that this winter...

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-28-2008, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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I discovered an M16 chamber brush works well on the inside of the larger bushing, a 20 ga bore brush did the smaller ones.



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post #5 of 7 Old 08-29-2008, 10:09 PM
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How tough a job was it and about how long does it take? Is it worth considering putting grease fittings in when you do it?

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Now that I know the routine it can be done in two hours, assuming one doesn't get distracted by other items that need attention. Given a three year old bike (though not a lot of water crossings) now that the bolts are greased I think it's good for another three years. The only bike I have with grease fittings is an old Honda 400. There is probably some tendency to over-grease a zerk and push out the seal. Perhaps it's better to pull the thing apart every few years and see how things are.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-29-2008, 11:04 PM
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I only have about 2k on my 07 but I know it will need it sometime, maybe in the spring. I hear all these stories about not grease or little grease in this area makes me want to do it earlier. Of course I have the doohickey sittin here and want to get the engine and tank guards and really not a whole lot of time. What's new huh?????????? Thanks so it can be done in a day especially the first time.

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