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Old 09-11-2011, 07:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2000 Foreman 450ES Swingarm Bearings

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What's the process to replace the bearings in the swingarm on a 2000 Foreman 450ES? Also, the boot over the u-joint has a crack in it. Do you have to remove the axle and differential to get at it?

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You don't have to remove the axle and differential. Just jack up the ATV under the engine and remove the pivot bolts on each side of the frame that holds the swing arm on. Then, remove the whole swing arm, differential, and axle as an assembly. You can change the rubber u-joint boot while you have the swing arm off, since the drive shaft will come out with the swing arm.

If you don't have the service manual, go to the link below and download it and it will show you how to remove the swing arm. Look in the "Rear Wheel/Suspension" section under "Swing Arm". Just ignore the part about removing the axle and diff and just remove the brake cables, shock, and the swing arm pivot bolts.

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Thanks Helmet. Do I need to buy the special Honda Swingarm tool for this project?
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Thanks Helmet. Do I need to buy the special Honda Swingarm tool for this project?
You can buy the tool or you can make one easy. Just get an impact socket that's the same diameter as the lock nut. Hold the socket up against the lock nut and mark the notches on the socket. Use a grinder to grind out the notches in the socket.
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Thanks Helmet. Do I need to buy the special Honda Swingarm tool for this project?
You can buy the tool or you can make one easy. Just get an impact socket that's the same diameter as the lock nut. Hold the socket up against the lock nut and mark the notches on the socket. Use a grinder to grind out the notches in the socket.
this^^^^^ is a good idea, i just wanted to add..i've never messed with the outter lock nut..i always just loosened the allen nut bolt in the center..with a long cheater bar..and removed the whole thing out as one piece, main thing you need to watch when doing it this way..is try not to move the lock nut as your removing the center bolt..if you move it alot..then your center allen bolt wont be setting in the bearing the right debth.
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