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post #1 of 8 Old Jan 28th, 2008, 6:58 am Thread Starter
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Question Swingarm play...How much is acceptable?

I was cleaning the rear wheel this weekend and I noticed quite a bit of play in the swingarm. I don't remember it being there before this. It is not the final drive bearing (crown) but seems to be either at the front or rear end of the axle. The entire swingarm seems to be moving. I'm calling the mechanic this morning and will get him to check it. But it is noticeable and new.

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Sure it isnt at the joint of the FD and the shaft?

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There should be no play in either joint. If the last time it was apart it was put back together properly with the correct pre-load, then I would suspect a damaged bearing. These are small tapered (almost needle) roller bearings and are prone to wear since they don't move much and absorb impact loads.

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Sure it isnt at the joint of the FD and the shaft?
It does seem like it might be the joint at the final drive assembly. I need to spend more time looking at it. I recently (500 miles ago) had the slave/clutch replaced and the entire drive assembly was apart.

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If you had the dealer perform this work, have him/her pick the bike up by trailer and fix it.

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No play in either swing arm joint is acceptable. Sounds like damaged final drive pivot bearings. Get them fixed now.

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It does seem like it might be the joint at the final drive assembly. I need to spend more time looking at it. I recently (500 miles ago) had the slave/clutch replaced and the entire drive assembly was apart.
If you ride it like that, it may well break your FD. This is a tow job and urgent fix.

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Swing arm joint

Thanks all for the info. The bike goes into the shop on Friday...will provide an update after repairs.

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