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    Swingarm maintenance Do It!!!

    The owner's manual says repack the swingarm every 16000 mi (19000 km) . My Kawasaki KLR650's swingarm had little if any grease so i checked the FZ with only 6860 miles it too had no grease . there was some pitting and corrosion I never rode in the rain and it stayed indoors. Because the swingarm bearings and pivot bolt are so close to the exhaust pipe the heat from the mid pipe can melt the grease so its very important to do this before 16000 miles. sorry i didnt take any pics

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    Re: Swingarm maintenance Do It!!!

    Even if your bike is brand new you should do this now because the guys at the factory doing the assembly are not .

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    Re: Swingarm maintenance Do It!!!

    exactly what does this involve in short?


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    Re: Swingarm maintenance Do It!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by crazybiker View Post
    exactly what does this involve in short?
    It's very easy just takes time remove exhaust , rear wheel, the bottom bolt on the rear shock then remove the pivot bolt on the swingarm. while your at it put some heat wrap on the mid pipe. this will make the bike run cooler and the swingarm bearings and rear shock will last longer and work better.

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    Re: Swingarm maintenance Do It!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by FZ6771 View Post
    It's very easy just takes time remove exhaust , rear wheel, the bottom bolt on the rear shock then remove the pivot bolt on the swingarm. while your at it put some heat wrap on the mid pipe. this will make the bike run cooler and the swingarm bearings and rear shock will last longer and work better.
    ya piece of cake....

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    Re: Swingarm maintenance Do It!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by thirty_too View Post
    ya piece of cake....
    So where did I leave my mechanic degree again?? haha!!! I'd rather pay someone to do that...i dont have the time or guts to touch my suspension.

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    Re: Swingarm maintenance Do It!!!

    I recently upgraded to a 07 swingarm so I should be fine.


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    Re: Swingarm maintenance Do It!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorphonic View Post
    So where did I leave my mechanic degree again?? haha!!! I'd rather pay someone to do that...i dont have the time or guts to touch my suspension.
    I got a Hayes service manual for $45 shop rates are $75-95 per hour. the service manual makes it very easy. all you need is a few basic tools and you can save a lot of $$$$$$$$$$

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    Re: Swingarm maintenance Do It!!!

    some people are worried about turning a few bolts and I understand. But it is pretty hard to screw something up (I have never ever screwed anything up, ever ) if you pay attention to what you are doing. And you will save a lot of money doing this stuff yourself!


    example: a friend of mine went to have his oil changed ('06 Hayabusa) and the shop charged him $189.00!!!! the next time he asked me to help and we did it for under $60.00 and that is including beer! just think of the money you could save....and it is probably quicker for you to do it than bring it to the shop, wait for them or drop it off, etc.
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    Re: Swingarm maintenance Do It!!!

    I did this last year, it's really a simple job with the un-braced swingarm on the FZ. The only awkward part of this is the exhaust system removal, it's about 2 hrs. from start-finish.
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