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post #1 of 5 Old 11-24-2018, 02:44 AM Thread Starter
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Rear suspension lever bearing replacement

I finally got around to do the swing arm maintenance and found one defective seal and the adjacent needle bearing frozen stuck. The bad bearing is also missing a portion of the race.

The bearing is in the rear lever and it is in a bore with two needle bearings side by side. Seems like the only way to get the bad bearing out is to press the good bearing trough the bore and use it to press the bad one out the other side. Is that how that's done?
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that's how I do it....I also replace all the suspension bearings at the same time; there is an inexpensive kit (All Balls, IIRC).

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Yup, that's the way it's done. Proper tools make it easier than cobbling together some mess of all-thread, washers, sockets, baling wire and bits of duct tape and pink gum that will wedge the bearing into the bore rather than push it out.

For the home mechanic, Motion Pro make pretty decent bearing installer and removal tools. Specifically for the swingarm and linkage, they make https://www.motionpro.com/product/08-0213 for about $30. You will need some 1/2" drive deep set sockets to push the bearings into.

Considering that if you have one bonked bearing in the system it's not a bad idea to refresh the whole set, $30 to do the job well is worth it.

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I should note that the tool above is an installation tool, but it works fine for gently pressing bearings out as well. A couple of fender washers work well to replace the thick washers, thus improving the grip length of the threaded rod.

A bit of 1" shed 40 PVC works as a bearing catcher if 1/2" drive deep sets are not available.

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Thank you all for the tips and the link to the tool. This should get me going. I have a small arbor press, and the motion pro tool would give me the proper drivers. I'll get these things ordered.

Thanks again,
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