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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:43 am 
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i am in the process of checking the linkage bearings on my bike, and thought i would post some pics and info on how to do it.
my bike is approaching 50,000 km now, the last time these were done was about 30,000 km ago. :OMG:

first thing to do is remove the rear wheel, 24mm spanner on the right side axle nut, then slide axle out to remove the wheel.

Image[/url]Untitled by rian munro, on Flickr[/img]


once the wheel is out. remove the rear chain guide and gaurd.

Image[/url]Untitled by rian munro, on Flickr[/img]



here is some screen shots of the suzuki service manual for an exploded view of the linkage system and torque values for the important bolts.
note, the torque value for the shock clevis bolt (A) should be about 37nm not the recommended 55nm, the suggested torque value (55) can strip the soft aluminium clevis threads.



Image[/url]dr650 susp. by rian munro, on Flickr[/img]

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:49 am 
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some more info here.

Image[/url]dr650 linkage by rian munro, on Flickr[/img]


once the giude is off, move the chain to the left side of the swingarm.

Image[/url]Untitled by rian munro, on Flickr[/img]


remove the brake caliper and hose.

Image[/url]Untitled by rian munro, on Flickr[/img]

open the clips and pull the hose out- X2



Image[/url]Untitled by rian munro, on Flickr[/img]


Image[/url]Untitled by rian munro, on Flickr[/img]

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:07 am 
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some bigger and better pics are in order.

next up is the "dogbones"
19mm on the nut, and 17mm on the bolt.

Image[/url]Untitled by rian munro, on Flickr[/img]


these bolts are really tight, so some excessive force is needed, be carefull of those knuckles.

Image[/url]Untitled by rian munro, on Flickr[/img]


now you can lift the swing arm up out of the way to remove the shock lower bolt from the linkage.
(note; the swingarm has been already removed in this photo, its just a good shot of the shock clevis, although the stock suzuki clevis is slightly different to this.)


Image[/url]Untitled by rian munro, on Flickr[/img]


next up is to remove the swing arm frame pivot bolt, 22mm socket on the right hand side nut.

Image[/url]Untitled by rian munro, on Flickr[/img]

the pivot bolt may need some gentle persuasion to push out towards the left side.

Image[/url]Untitled by rian munro, on Flickr[/img]


now the swingarm can be removed.

Image[/url]Untitled by rian munro, on Flickr[/img]

tomorrow i will clean and inspect the bearings.

i cleaned and repacked with silicon grease all of these bearings about 3 years and 100 creek/river crossings ago, so it will be interesting to see how they have faired.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:44 pm 
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Nice work - on the DR and this post. Easy to follow.
Thanks for posting.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:11 pm 
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:clapping: Nice work nzrian!
Suspension linkage untouched for 30, 000k ? :OMG:
Be interested to see how much wear?
Guess if there's very little to no wear, a grease nipple mod completely unecessary. :dunno:
My Hhhhhhhonda XL350R , I had years ago, had grease fittings all over the place. :wacko:
Appreciate the pics! :drinks:


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:25 pm 
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Plonker wrote:
:clapping: Nice work nzrian!
Suspension linkage untouched for 30, 000k ? :OMG:
Be interested to see how much wear?
Guess if there's very little to no wear, a grease nipple mod completely unecessary. :dunno:
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+1 Well done Rian! :clapping: As my DR approaches 25K original miles, maybe I should do the same, though I don't get any feeling of an issue down there, it can't hurt to check. Nice job of illustrating each step, even with the wrench sizes shown for good measure :good:

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:46 pm 
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no worries fellas :drinks:

its a work in progress, will up date soon. :lurk:

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 4:57 am 
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Hey Rian
Did you have any movement coming from the rear end when cornering on bitumen, the reason i ask is mine has slight movement i'm not sure if its swing arm bearings or not. I may have drop mine as well & check it.
Nice little presentation by the way :good:

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Nicely documented nzrian! :clapping:

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:07 pm 
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faded wrote:
Hey Rian
Did you have any movement coming from the rear end when cornering on bitumen, the reason i ask is mine has slight movement i'm not sure if its swing arm bearings or not. I may have drop mine as well & check it.
Nice little presentation by the way :good:



no movement in my wheel.

could be your wheel bearings, easier to check.

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