Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
I generally will degrease the exterior of pivot arms, swingarm ends, seals & exposed stub ends of the bearing sleeves as closed assemblies. Then remove the seals, they are only a light thumb press seating, re-useable. Then remove the bearing sleeves. This also allows inspection/regreasing of the outer sealing lips.
The removal of the seals allows easier greasing of the needles and allows the freshly greased bearing sleeves to carry more grease into the assembly, instead of the seals wiping the grease off of sleeves.
But as long as the needles got another good smear of grease they should be good to go.
As to removal of the large lower rocker pivot, those 2 stupid holes can allow a lot of corrosion. Kind of dependant on the acidity of the waters, I think. One can simply smear them with RTV silicone sealant or epoxy or thread them for screws & thread locker.
But did you even consider loosening the lower rear engine mount to assist in removal of the pivot? The frame flexes/spreads about 2-3mm in that area during disassembly / reassembly. The engine stressing on one side could cause some more binding on the pivot bolt.
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