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    Greasing rear swing arm and dog bone

    Thinking of giving this a go on my bikes has anybody got any advice on carrying out this task and any advice on pitfalls i might come across tools I have is trolly jacks times four.front and rear paddock stands to carry out this task.
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    It is a simple matter of disassembling, cleaning, inspecting, and reassembly. I suppose the biggest pitfall would be having the bike fall on you so be safe. People often lose needles. It helps to spread a clean white drop cloth under the bike to catch everything. Some do this job with the rear wheel in place but it is so much easier with it out of the way.
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    I think the rear wheel will be out for this job I suppose the swing arm can just be supported to take out needle bearings either side of swing arm. And then disassembly of dog bone of the bike carefully to catch if needed the needles in there I assume just any good waterproof grease will be okay or does it need to be high temperature water proof grease being so close to hot pipes and engine.
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    I don't know if you can get it over there but I use Bel Ray waterproof grease for all those bearings.
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    Okay KZ will see what I can find cheers
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    I've just done this job. You need to ensure you're up to speed before you start, and do some research.
    For instance, the swing arm has captive needle rollers on the left side and a double roller bearing on the right.
    The axle has a 14mm allen head and a lock nut requiring a specialist castellated socket on the right and a 26mm lock nut on the left; these all need torquing
    down to the correct settings on rebuild.
    You'll need to remove the exhaust and rear shock to gain access and either the chain will need splitting or you'll need to remove the chain complete with
    front sprocket to remove the swing arm totally from the bike.
    I also used an Abba stand with swing arm removal adaptors; I think anything less will make the bike unstable while working on it, especially retorquing
    the axle lock nut which is about 90NM.
    Just a few of my observations when I did this job 2 weeks ago.

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    Wow it looks a mammoth job looking at that thought I would be able to leave shock in place at top and just take the part of exhaust in the way
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    You can't remove the rear header without loosening the front one to allow the collector to drop out of the way.
    x10 easier to remove the shock to get to the rear header bolts and you need it out of there if you're dropping the swinger.
    It's actually a real easy job, you've just got to remove some other bits to get access and have the right tools ready!

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    It is easier than it appears to.
    Necessary too.
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    Nice thread with great pictures and tips!
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    If you have aftermarket fixed rearsets you can lift the bike from them with something like this:



    That is what I did just two months ago when regreasing the linkage. I did not push the bearings out but cleaned and greased the dog bone bearings on the table and the swing arm needle bearings inside the swing arm.

    I have also used those lifting the front up below the engine to disassemble the head bearing for instance.
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    Well all done borrowed mates ABBA stand used the belray. Water proof grease it can be done with exhaust on or not done two bikes also filled the cavity between the two needle bearings with grease .
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