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post #1 of 15 Old 05-19-2011, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all. Going to be pulling the whole rear end apart possibly this weekend to install the new rear shock spring. Going to use this time to also do some maintenance to the swingarm. Was wondering if anyone has been down this road already? Any ideas. I've read about maybe drilling and tapping for a grease fitting. Anything I should look into replacing before I dig in?


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post #2 of 15 Old 05-19-2011, 05:24 PM
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New swingarm bearings and shock bearings?
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post #3 of 15 Old 05-19-2011, 05:56 PM
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Old school thinking is to pump grease in the fitting every time you use the machine. The new bikes have long lasting grease and sealed bearings so you cant just keep pumping grease inÖÖ..
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I'm planning on doing this between the end of this season and the beginning of the next so will be watching to see what people have to say here: glad this thread got started.

Personally, I'm old school. I don't know if I'd ever go to the trouble of putting in grease zerks (you know you're old when you call them "zerks") but I certainly wouldn't have a problem using them all the time if they were already there.

If the sealed, "no maintenance" bearings are so high-tech, why does there seem to be a problem with them in this area? I think "semi-sealed" would be a better term.



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What are they called if not zerks?
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There are no factory zerk fittings intalled on the swing arm. In one of the other forums, there is a pictorial on how to do this. Once a year I pull the swing arm, remove the bearings, re grease and assemble. It is important to remove the swing arm pivot bolt which is the long bolt that goes through the from of the swing arm. If this is not done on a regular basis, the bolt can seize in the swing arm making it a tough job to remove. I use Belray waterproof grease which has served me well. Not sure on this forum, but on others there is a blow by blow summary of how all this is done.

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What are they called if not zerks?
I believe the uninformed to mechanical nomenclature refer to them as "grease fittings".

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Hey all. Going to be pulling the whole rear end apart possibly this weekend to install the new rear shock spring. Going to use this time to also do some maintenance to the swingarm. Was wondering if anyone has been down this road already? Any ideas. I've read about maybe drilling and tapping for a grease fitting. Anything I should look into replacing before I dig in?

The swing arm bolt is usually hard to get out the first time. Soak it with some PB Blaster the day before and plan to use some sort of long drift type punch to knock it out. Anti-seize or grease the bolt before re-assembly.

Loosen the back motor mount under the swing arm when you go to put everything back together, helps lining up the bolts.

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There are no factory zerk fittings intalled on the swing arm. In one of the other forums, there is a pictorial on how to do this. Once a year I pull the swing arm, remove the bearings, re grease and assemble. It is important to remove the swing arm pivot bolt which is the long bolt that goes through the from of the swing arm. If this is not done on a regular basis, the bolt can seize in the swing arm making it a tough job to remove. I use Belray waterproof grease which has served me well. Not sure on this forum, but on others there is a blow by blow summary of how all this is done.

Here's a good write-up: Mark's KLR650 Website - Swingarm Maintenance

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