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Hi guys..

Right mot guy advised the bearings are geeting knackered:( must be all that off road stuff.. its a Ta650 02 model.

How exactly do you check for play in the swing arm bearings and also the suspension bearings..?

I have no centre std but have a bar and blocks for under the cntr stand fixing point ;)

If the bearings are knackered is it a easy job to replace them and surely its best to replace the lot in one go? Are there any particular make thats best I hate using cheap stuff that breaks in 12mnths.

thanks in advance
 

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BikeBearings

Great service from this company and the prices are very good too.

With regard to actually changing them, it can be a pig of a job, especially if one of the bearings is seized in. If you have the facilities to dismantle the bike, some drift and a big hammer its perfectly do'able at home, although if you have to do all the bearings and happen to have a reasonably priced local garage with a bearing press, it may be worth taking the parts off and asking them to do it.



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+1 for BikeBearings.

You can check the bearings on the bike, but you get a much better idea with the wheel off. Put your digit into the bearing inner race and rotate it: any roughness will show up, but is not so easy to detect on the bike. Once you have gone this far, if there is any doubt, replace them. They are relatively cheap, but have big costs if they pack up in use. And as Bob says, they are reasonably easy to do at home if you have the kit.
 

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Hi Tim.

sorry must make the thread clearer...

its not the rear wheel bearings but the suspension linkage and the swingarm bearings by the footpeg mounts.

cheers for the endorsment of the bearing supplier..
 

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No problem, I read it in a hurry anyway. And you can check your wheel bearings while you are at it!

I'd be interested to see what you find with your linkage bearings: I think mine are due for an overhaul (AT, 54,000 miles and a lot of salt damage), but I had a quick look at the lower link bolt last garage day and couldn't shift it. Might be in for a bit of swearing.
 

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Every AT I've owned had a problem with one particular needle roller bearing, and that one was the single one whick the lower shock mount bolts through. All the others work in pairs, and I've managed to clean these up OK and not found any slack in them, but the single one is in a place where the shock mounts encourage water and muck to stay, making it rust and seize into the lingake. The only way of getting it out is with a bearing press or carefully bashing and then cutting the outer race with a hacksaw, so not easy. I've always found the swingarm bearings to be OK.
 
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