How to Check Your Swing Arm’s Linkage

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Street bikes do not usually have problems with the swing arm’s linkage, but dirt bikes/off roaders, duals, enduro, and especially MX and trials racers are prone to have problems with the linkage. Dirt is the no.1 enemy and it will enter the seals and damage the linkage bearings. A direct hit on the linkage (rocks, logs, etc can cause much damage to the bearings and the arms also. Street legal bikes have better seals than racer models because it is a must to regularly service/repair full racer models. You should check your linkage regularly.

Steps

  1. Lift up the rear tire (use a jack -- it's best if the rear tire is removed).
  2. Hold the swing arm and move it upwards, downwards, and sideways. It should not shake (walang kalog). If you have doubts, dismantle the shock absorber/spring and test the swing arm again. A small bit of shake is OK and it won't kill you but if the shaking is too much, you must replace the bearings.
  3. Remove the linkage.
  4. Pry the oil/dust deals, and push the bearing out by using a press, or get a stationary vise and use wood.
  5. Look for a socket that has the nearest size to the needle bearings and pump it out by compressing the vise (just be imaginative and this will work). Fit new bearings and seals.

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