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    You don't need to remove the seals to disassemble, clean, and inspect. Pretty straight forward job. Use a drop cloth under your work to prevent losing needles.
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    Hi Kz! Thank you for the info you provided. I always appreciate your advice as I know from reading your many posts that you clearly know of what you speak. I haven’t ever serviced a bearing before. I’m uncertain how to clean one. Do I simply wipe away the old grease or do I use a solvent of some sort on a rag? If a solvent, what’s the effect on the seal? Do I intentionally remove needles to clean? Or do I simply apply some water resistant grease to the bearing and be done with it? Any detailed direction you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thanks Kz!

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    Yes it is a good idea to disassemble, clean with solvent, and inspect before deciding what's next. If the needles and races are serviceable, reassemble with new grease. A simple solvent like mineral spirits will not harm the seals. There are a number of threads here where people have gone through the whole thing with details and pictures. If you have any basic mechanical experience you can handle it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcenthusiast View Post
    Hi Kz! Thank you for the info you provided. I always appreciate your advice as I know from reading your many posts that you clearly know of what you speak. I haven’t ever serviced a bearing before. I’m uncertain how to clean one. Do I simply wipe away the old grease or do I use a solvent of some sort on a rag? If a solvent, what’s the effect on the seal? Do I intentionally remove needles to clean? Or do I simply apply some water resistant grease to the bearing and be done with it? Any detailed direction you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thanks Kz!
    Just remember you have to support the bike someplace other that the swingarm. A rod through the swingarm bolt and a couple of tall jack stands will work. I did my swingarm bearing at the same time I upgraded the link plate.

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    Well that is what I ended up doing.Went on Ebay and got myself another set of plates and some longer high tensile bolts and doubled up .My dogbone had previously seized solid.I had to drill the head off the front bolt and managed to get a hacksaw blade between the inner bush and the frame lug on the other end.I bought a new dogbone and out of curiousity tried to extract the remains of the bolt and bearings from the old one.Placed it over a large socket and smashed the stub with a 3lb lumphammer, many ,many times.The result was circular gouges in the solid concrete floor ,and absolutely no movement of the seized bolt.

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    I Recently bought an 09 factory v2 which looked in good shape and (allegedly) well maintained but was lacking service history for past two years. So after reading through some of the issues with the dog bone bearings and potential failures decided to take a look. Engine side of dog bone was practically sized as was the Ohlin bottom link, so its thanks to all who provided the necessary info. Also watched some youtube video on bearing removal and all now working fine. If in doubt check it out.


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    Hope people are still active on this thread so here a go's: Recently picked up an 07 Tuono Factory with a few extra bits and pieces on it. While I was reading this (and other) thread(s) about faulty link plates I checked out the ones on my Ape. The link plates are definitely not stock, I can't find if they are any good or that I should not drive a single mile on them before replacing them with AF1 custom link plates. Hope someone recognises these style of plates and can help me in the right direction.

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    Fuck that looks home made and its failed. Definitely do not ride anywhere with it like that! It's probably worth replacing the six roller bearings when you replace the link plates.

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    @jess67:

    Thanks for the advice! Just ordered the replacement link-plates. Keeping the ape of the street. Maybe a stupid question: Do you know if replacing the bearings an DIY task like the link-plates?

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    Changing the bearings is not that hard if you have the right tools and know what you are doing.
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    There is some good info provided by KZ above, in post 48. When you change the link plates, prop the bike with a rod through the swingarm pivot and some jack stands or remove the seats, use some straps around the subframe and lift from above. Remove the shock first and check if the swingarm has full range of motion before disassembly of the link plates and dogbone.

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    Dangerous suspension linkage - please read !!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for all the help and advise.

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