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    Greasing suspension linkage bearings
    on: April 14, 2020, 11:43:04 pm
    April 14, 2020, 11:43:04 pm
    Hi has anyone removed the suspension linkage and re-greased the bearings? Thought it was a job I'd do during lockdown but it looks like the centre stand needs to be removed (and possibly part of the exhaust system)
    I would welcome any advice as it looks a bugger of a job.

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    Re: Greasing suspension linkage bearings
    Reply #1 on: May 08, 2020, 10:21:17 am
    May 08, 2020, 10:21:17 am
    If you mean the two (left and right) triangular plates with associated bolts and bearings then its a piece of cake with a centre stand.
    I have done it a number of times, changing from lowered to not lowered and back. Dont ask.....

    With bike on the centrestand, remove silencer, removing one bolt and loosening the pipe clamp.

    Support rear wheel with wood strips between the tyre and the floor, allowing three bolts to be loosened and extracted, photos are useful as an aide memoire. I use a socket and a ring spanner.
     The plates have arrows on them to show which side faces forward. Extraction and replacement of bolts is easy when tyre is at just the right height, I use wedges of wood under the tyre.
    Clean, grease, replace.

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    Re: Greasing suspension linkage bearings
    Reply #2 on: May 09, 2020, 09:53:19 am
    May 09, 2020, 09:53:19 am
    Cheers Gramps99
    As it looks like we are in lockdown for a while longer I will give it a go.

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    Re: Greasing suspension linkage bearings
    Reply #3 on: May 09, 2020, 01:34:13 pm
    May 09, 2020, 01:34:13 pm
    Just done mine, fairly straight forward. Didnt remove silencer as it wouldn't have helped much, just fiddly getting it all aligned again as when pushing bolts back too easy to push bearing centre out again, probably took me 1 to 1 1/2 hrs. The bearings weren't too bad to be honest.

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    Re: Greasing suspension linkage bearings
    Reply #4 on: May 15, 2020, 10:15:19 am
    May 15, 2020, 10:15:19 am
    Thanks for the responses. Did mine yesterday and easier than I thought even if a bit of a fiddle. I removed the exhaust and rear wheel as I cleaned the rear brake calliper and pads at the same time.
    Looking forward to first ride in a while  :002:

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    Re: Greasing suspension linkage bearings
    Reply #5 on: May 22, 2020, 10:09:15 pm
    May 22, 2020, 10:09:15 pm
    Funny isn't it. I just did mine as a lock down job as well. I've had several VFR's and never bothered but my mates Triumph Street Triple snapped (they really need doing regular on Triumphs) while out one day before lock down so though, as it's four year old, why not. And yes I agree, straight forward job, removed hugger, rear wheel and exhaust to get at mine which allowed me to give it the bits you can't get at a good clean, a the centre stand really helps. In fairness they were all fine and well lubed but I feel better knowing it's done and will check again in a few years...

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    Re: Greasing suspension linkage bearings
    Reply #6 on: December 20, 2021, 08:31:28 pm
    December 20, 2021, 08:31:28 pm
    *Originally Posted by Gramps99 [+]
    If you mean the two (left and right) triangular plates with associated bolts and bearings then its a piece of cake with a centre stand.
    I have done it a number of times, changing from lowered to not lowered and back. Dont ask.....

    With bike on the centrestand, remove silencer, removing one bolt and loosening the pipe clamp.

    Support rear wheel with wood strips between the tyre and the floor, allowing three bolts to be loosened and extracted, photos are useful as an aide memoire. I use a socket and a ring spanner.
     The plates have arrows on them to show which side faces forward. Extraction and replacement of bolts is easy when tyre is at just the right height, I use wedges of wood under the tyre.
    Clean, grease, replace.

    What torque did you apply to the nuts, Gramps?
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    Re: Greasing suspension linkage bearings
    Reply #7 on: December 21, 2021, 07:05:12 am
    December 21, 2021, 07:05:12 am
    *Originally Posted by Corringdon [+]
    What torque did you apply to the nuts, Gramps?

    Should be 42Nm.

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    Re: Greasing suspension linkage bearings
    Reply #8 on: December 21, 2021, 08:49:32 am
    December 21, 2021, 08:49:32 am
    Many thanks for that info, Skids. Have a great Christmas.
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    Re: Greasing suspension linkage bearings
    Reply #9 on: December 22, 2021, 12:12:03 pm
    December 22, 2021, 12:12:03 pm
    *Originally Posted by Corringdon [+]
    Many thanks for that info, Skids. Have a great Christmas.

    I have pdf's of the 800f service manual if you want a copy, there's a lot of overlap with the Crossie. I also have a hard copy of the factory Crossie addendum to it should you need anything not the same as the Crossie.

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