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Old 11-07-2003, 09:03 AM
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I've been reading that with a new bike you should grease the steering stem, swingarm and shock linkage bearings, as they really don't come with much lube from the factory.

The shop here quoted me $150 but it seems like for that much money I could buy the tools and do it myself, plus it would probably be better to know how to do it yourself anyways.

My manual doesn't say how to do this and I searched the KB and other forums but couldn't find any detailed info on how to do this, so the question is,

1. Can anybody explain how to do this, or point me to a site that has this info?
2. What tools do I need?
3. Any tips so I don't screw anything up too badly?

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Old 11-07-2003, 09:40 AM
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First go buy yourself a tub of Bel-Ray Waterproof grease from you m/c shop.

To lube the axle bolts is pretty easy. Support the bike on a stand first or a 5 gallon bucket.

For the front, just loosen the axle nut and then loosen the front pinch bolts and remove the axle bolt. Grease it all up and smear grease inside the hub holes and re-assemble.

For the rear, just loosen the axle bolt. Pull out the axle bolt and smear grease all over it and inside the axle hole and re-assemble.

Your swingarm bearings and linkage should be OK for at least one year, unless you do alot of power washing. It would be a good idea to remove the swingarm bolt and really lube it up good. That suckers gets stuck and its a PITA to get out. Removing the swingarm bolt is very easy. Support the bike on a stand and remove the swingarm bolt nut and carefull drive the bolt out without messing the threads up. Better to screw the nut back on and lightly tap the nut. There are rubber seals and spacers for the swingarm bearings. Just remove the seals and metal spacer and smear extra grease on the bearings and replace the seals. Really grease up the swingarm bolt and re-install. The linkage bearings are basically the same as the swingarm bearings, but on a smaller scale.

To grease up your stem bearing. You have to remove your handle bars, the upper triple clamp, remove the stem nut and remove the assemble. Have someone help you as when you remove the final nut holding the stem on, your front fork tube assembly will drop to the floor. Its best to do this when you have your front wheel off. Its also easier to do it with the front forks off, but not necessary. Its almost impossible to totally grease the lower bearing, so I just smear grease all over it and the race. I hand pack the upper bearing and smear grease all over the race and re-assemble.

One of the most important tools to buy is a good quality torque wrench 3/8" drive with 10-100 foot pounds scale. Most tool stores has good ones for anywhere between $50-$80.00.

Your manual will tell you all the torque settings you need. The ower stem nut doesn't have much torque on it. The pinch bolts for the front axle is like 7 ft. lbs. Fork tube clamp bolts/triple clamp are like 12-14 ft. lbs. The front axle nut is like 35-40, the rear axle nut is like 50-65, the steam nut under the top clamp is slightly more than finger tight, and the upper clamp nut is like 20-25. These all very with the manufacture of the bike. The swingarm bolt is like 40-60 ft. lbs.

If you want to go buy a Clymer's repair manual on your bike. Here is a good location to purchase a manual from. You can also purschase Kawie factory repair manual from them too:
M/C Repair manuals

If you need anymore details you can email me at RICKM7331@aol.com
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Old 11-07-2003, 10:05 AM
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... It would be a good idea to remove the swingarm bolt and really lube it up good. That suckers gets stuck and its a PITA to get out...
rick's not kidding. save yourself a whole lot of time and trouble and get that swingarm pivot shaft sooner rather than later and get it lubed up good.

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Old 11-07-2003, 10:09 AM
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That response sounds like kb candidate to me. Thanks Rick.

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Old 11-07-2003, 10:25 AM
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Thanks Rick that's a great explanation, I think I'll do that this weekend.
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Old 11-07-2003, 10:27 AM
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Good luck bro!
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Old 11-07-2003, 10:29 AM
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Hey Ken...your pm box if full.
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Yes Ken,

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Oops let me go check...

Thanks again for the info Rick!
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WOW, very nice rick.

Moved to the KB
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