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post #1 of 19 Old 02-12-2020, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Swingarm Removal Problem

Here we go with another stubborn swingarm removal thread. But this one is a little different.
After putting off this maintenance project way to long, yesterday I decided that it was time to dive in and and pull all of the linkage and swingarm bolts and re grease everything. So after a little effort, and some frustration, I managed to get all of the bolts out. But that's not the story here.
The problem is that the swingarm will not break free on the right hand side. Left side is free but it looks like the sleeve bearing on the right has slid about a 1/16-1/18 inch into the frame (outward). Using a punch and hammer I've tried to drive the sleeve back into the swingarm without any success. I'm pretty much out of ideas as how to get the right side free other than possibly removing the tank and loosening the upper frame bolts to see if that may relieve a little pressure at the swingarm. Not even sure if that will work.
I did a search but didn't find anything relative to this problem.
If anyone has an idea as how to get this thing loose I'd be glad to here them.
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post #2 of 19 Old 02-12-2020, 07:37 PM
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Have you NOT Loosened the Bottom rear engine mount bolt and smacked it with a punch & hammer to ensure that the frame has relaxed away from the swingarm mount??
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post #3 of 19 Old 02-12-2020, 10:59 PM
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Have you NOT Loosened the Bottom rear engine mount bolt and smacked it with a punch & hammer to ensure that the frame has relaxed away from the swingarm mount??

Did all this last weekend - loosen that lower frame bolt is the trick that's for sure :-)
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post #4 of 19 Old 02-13-2020, 05:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info. Now I'm inspired to get back out in the garage and loosen some bolts and smack the ole gal around a little.
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post #5 of 19 Old 02-13-2020, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Have you NOT Loosened the Bottom rear engine mount bolt and smacked it with a punch & hammer to ensure that the frame has relaxed away from the swingarm mount??
Not trying to make this more complicated than it should be but can you post a picture of location of the bottom rear engine mount. In my op I mentioned that I had already removed all of the bolts. Linkage and shock bolts as well as the 2 long bolts, swingarm bolt and rear engine mount bolt. (both fairly rusted and corroded)Total of 5 bolts.
I'm not seeing another engine mount bolt on the rear/bottom that could be loosened. Am I missing one?
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post #7 of 19 Old 02-13-2020, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Tom, thanks for the pic. I was finally able to get the swingarm out. All it took was two good kicks to the side of it and came loose.

Now I can't get the linkage assembly , or whatever it's called to come out. The part that the shock and links connect to. Any tips on how to get that out would be appreciated.

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post #8 of 19 Old 02-13-2020, 05:49 PM
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And again I will strongly suggest that your problem is the bottom rear engine mount, partially hidden by the footpeg brackets, brake pedal & sprocket cover.

That would technically be a 6th bolt.

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post #9 of 19 Old 02-13-2020, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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pdwestman I agree that is/was the problem. After looking at Tom's pic I went out and took a look at that bolt. Now I can see how loosening it would allow the frame to "relax" and make everything come out a little easier.

Thanks to both of you for the guidance.
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As an aside, when I was doing this service on my bike and had the rear end exposed, I also made and bolted on a mud guard for the rear shock. I probably did it on the recommendation from one of these fine gentlemen that are so helpful on this forum. It has proven to be a worthwhile little upgrade to the bike as it does a good job of keeping the nasty stuff off the shock, hopefully lengthening its life. I used some kind of thin rubber material, I believe it was leftovers from a roofing project.

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