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Old 08-16-2012, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Swing Arm Removal

Hi, im attempting to remove the rear swing arm on my 350 rancher. After laughing when the dealer told me $80 for the tool to remove the lock nut, I cut up a socket.

Lock nuts are off, the 17mm allen bolt came off the right side with little effort, but the one on the left side is stuck!

backwards threads? or is it just impossibly stuck on there?

Also, anything I should be watching for after removal? does taking off the arm often destroy the bearing or seals? I dont want to have to take it apart again any time soon, as it is ennoying to remove.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The left side torques higher then the right side but could be rusted in there.It has regular threads.
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Ok, great. when I am re-installing the swing arm, what am I looking for? how much do you tighten it etc...
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Run the left side in all the way after you align the bearing with the stud sticking out of the pivot bolt,torque it down hard,then install the right side pivot bolt,align it into the new bearings race opening,and run it all the way in until it tightens against the bearings,then run the locking ring in until it stops turning,place the 17mm allen into the bolt,and torque the nut down until its good n snug...Lift,and lower the swingarm during the process to make sure you don't overtighten the bearings(if you have the tapered type of replacement bearings)....
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ok thanks alot. Done, replaced with a All Balls kit. The whole kit was less than the seals from Honda, and they are nice needle bearings instead of the cheap ball bearings Honda uses.
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