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post #1 of 8 Old 07-09-2015, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Swingarm shaft question

I'm having trouble removing the lower shaft on my suspension.
It's the lower bolt/shaft just behind the foot rest. The one with dust caps.

There's another one just above it going through the swing arm. That one came out ok.
I can't turn it with a wrench on the right side of the bike. The nut on left side is off, and I tried tapping it out from that side, but it won't budge. Does it come out that way, or is there some kind of locking clip holding the shaft in place under the nut?
I don't want to hammer it if there's something holding it in place. ( Other than rust!)

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-09-2015, 08:01 PM
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Larry31,
Do you know the little zip-tie sorta thingy which holds the air box drain hose, battery vent hose, fuel tank vent hose? IT Pokes thru a hole, DRILLED into the cross-member of the frame of the suspension Pivot Mount of which you speak. I HATE THEM!!! Stupid little, stab-in hose and cable holders!!

They let water into places which Do Not Like It!!

Best advice I can give you, thru that stupid little zip-tie hole, DROWN it with penetrating oil/knocker loose and let it set for 24 hours.
Then with an air hammer and a blunt head, vibrate the shaft loose/OUT.
Or hammer and punch the shaft out the old-fashioned way.

Silcone RTV or J-B Weld that stupid little hole closed!!

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post #3 of 8 Old 07-10-2015, 06:30 AM Thread Starter
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Swing-arm

Thanks PD
I saw it, but didn't think it was part of the problem. I'll do some "drowning" today.

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post #4 of 8 Old 07-10-2015, 08:56 AM
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I understand this is a common problem. I have not done mine yet. But I have been researching it. I will probably tackle mine this winter, when stored.

A couple of tip I got (which I cannot vouch for, yet):
- Lots of penetrating oil.
- If you do hammer it out, thread the nut back on until it is not quite flush with the end of the shaft. That way it will protect the threads and help keep the threaded end of the shaft from mushrooming when you beat on it..
- Loosen the motor mounts. At least loosen the rear motor mount. This is supposed to take some pressure off the swingarm where they connect.

Let us know how it works out.
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I got lucky with this one. Dunno when the PO did service last, if ever, but the nut was well-rusted on. Fortunately, once I got it off, the bolt came right out. Stained, but not corroded.

Now I slather it in grease when I regularly do swingarm service and haven't had a problem. I should seal up that hole, though.
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-11-2015, 04:24 PM
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I turned 3000 miles on my '15 KLR yesterday .....time for some maintenance such as an oil and filter change (its under warranty so a Kawasaki filter with 15w40 Rotella oil), cleaned the air filter, mounted a new rear Shinko 244 (being extra careful to not scratch the black rims), greased the open sided wheel bearings/spacer between the sprocket carrier and hub, and then got down to business with the swingarm/shock linkage/bolts and sleeves.

I've only washed the bike 2 times in three months and it hasn't seen any stream crossings yet......but, the swingarm pivot bolt and the shock knuckle/rocker bolt already had noticeable corrosion as others have noted. Neither of these bolts were hard to remove, were cleaned up, and lubed with a little anti seize topped with waterproof grease to help keep corrosion at bay. All other bolts, sleeves, and bearings were greased and reassembled.

I've owned numerous KLRs in the last 25 years and all have needed this service within the first 5000 miles....earlier if you intend to ride the bike off road through water. I waited until the OEM rear tire was worn out so I could do everything at the same time.

The front tire will be worn out around 7000 miles and at that time the steering stem bearings will be cleaned, greased, and adjusted to the proper preload. Plus, the fork oil will be replaced and the inner workings of the forks cleaned.

Next up is a valve clearance check and/or shim around 5000 miles. The bike has already received the Eagle Mike doohickey and torsion spring at 2000 miles.

In other words..........grease your KLR where needed as soon as possible.
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-17-2015, 11:44 AM
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larry31,
Have you gotten your rear suspension dismantled and re-greased?

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post #8 of 8 Old 07-18-2015, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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larry31,
Have you gotten your rear suspension dismantled and re-greased?
YES. It was not rusted, but kind of difficult to punch out. I cut a 8" section of landscape post. ( Hard-wood 1"x1" )
Rounded it off to fit nut side of the frame. With nut loosened, and flush with end of bolt, I hit it several times with my hammer. It started to move, so I put a socket on the bolt's head, and got it to turn. From there it came out ok.

It just needed more persuasion to get it to break loose.

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Power socket, L.E.D. Battery Indicator, Camera bag holder
Custom Saddlebag frames .
Louder horns, Firstgear Onyx tail bag.
Custom Aluminum Skid Plate.
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