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Post  Cheshirecat on Fri Feb 01 2013, 15:21

I'm exited now, fairings have been shipped so just got to wait for them to arrive now, A bit nervous about quality etc but worked out a damn site cheaper than a re-spray etc, oh quick question my swing arm looks a bit tatty would it be ok to spray it up whilst still on the bike or would I have to remove it?
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Post  Rampers on Fri Feb 01 2013, 16:17

I would remove it and do it then that way you don't have to worry about getting paint on your tyre,rim and chain
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Post  thunderstu600 on Fri Feb 01 2013, 17:12

Cover everything in news paper and masking tape except swing arm is an option too but ditto what Rampers said for a better finish.
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Post  SteveCat on Fri Feb 01 2013, 17:16

You sure got me worried with your heading there Kev, had wondered what you had exited Very Happy, but guess you're rather happy Wink
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Post  Cheshirecat on Fri Feb 01 2013, 17:18

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:You sure got me worried with your heading there Kev, had wondered what you had exited Very Happy, but guess you're rather happy Wink


Smacked myself in the face for the spelling, missed out the c lol
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Post  Cheshirecat on Fri Feb 01 2013, 17:18

Is it a big job to remove the swing arm?
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Post  greencat on Sat Feb 02 2013, 18:30

Nope, not a big job. You just need something to hang the bike off whilst the swing arm is out. Then you can paint the entire swing arm and do a proper job. It'll also allow you to check all the bearings and replace any if necessary. Hope you get on OK

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Post  Cheshirecat on Sat Feb 02 2013, 19:10

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Nope, not a big job. You just need something to hang the bike off whilst the swing arm is out. Then you can paint the entire swing arm and do a proper job. It'll also allow you to check all the bearings and replace any if necessary. Hope you get on OK

Are the bearings cheap to replace?
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Post  Cheshirecat on Sat Feb 02 2013, 19:16

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Nope, not a big job. You just need something to hang the bike off whilst the swing arm is out. Then you can paint the entire swing arm and do a proper job. It'll also allow you to check all the bearings and replace any if necessary. Hope you get on OK

Are the bearings cheap to replace?
And easy to change?
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Post  Dirt Bike Dave on Sat Feb 02 2013, 21:26

Swingarm is fairly straightforward to come out...top tip to support the back end is to unbolt your footpegs then bolt them back on upside down and use axle stands...see below
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Post  thunderstu600 on Sat Feb 02 2013, 22:10

voted top tip, bloody amazing,
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Post  Rosco on Sat Feb 02 2013, 22:36

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Are the bearings cheap to replace?
And easy to change?

The bearings are NOT cheap.
I tried and failed to find anything other than genuine Yamaha parts and they were not cheap.....£100's of pounds.

Mine were seized and the bike really squeaked when bouncing on it.

I managed to get some of them out but the ones that were stuck I have to my mate Euan who took them too his work and a friendly Mechy did the hard work to get them out.

Putting it back together was easy.

Just pack it with plenty grease.

Hopefully they are in not too bad condition and a grease will see them ok.

Good Luck
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Post  Rosco on Sat Feb 02 2013, 22:37

What have you done to Stevecat1 Dave?

Have you left any piece unturned?

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Post  Dirt Bike Dave on Sat Feb 02 2013, 22:41

Ha ha. I'm restoring stevcat1. All my bearings are goosed so ill be buying a full set which as you said Rosco, ain't cheap.
The foot peg idea came from Furballs originally I think. Works a treat tho. Very Happy

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Post  bobh on Sun Feb 03 2013, 00:15

I got the swing arm spindle and bearings from Yambits, which were significantly cheaper than Yamaha parts, and the needle roller bearings themselves were identical. Fortunately the bearings in the rocker were all OK so just needed greasing up - I don't know if Yambits do those.

I used an ABBA stand with adaptors, which had to be modified (turned down) to fit the 'Cat. But the axle stand tip looks a perfect alternative.

Once you get the swing arm out you'll probably find that the inside areas are the worst, where road grit has blasted off all the paint. I guess refinishing with powder coat or stove enamel would be good, but I just used No.1 primer on the bits where the paint had come off, sprayed it all over with silver paint (BMW Titan is a good match) and lacquer, then slapped some bitumen underseal on the places that get the worst of the road grit. It seems to be holding up well.

Oh, and if you're using a Haynes manual, it tells you that the rear shock has to come out first, which would be a real pain as it involves taking out the undertray etc. But you don't need to - the shock can be wangled out of the way quite easily.

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Post  Rosco on Sun Feb 03 2013, 09:50

:( - Wish I'd asked / known about yambits before my 'investment'

Don't know if the bike will outlast the bearings now - it is slowly turning into triggers brush Smile
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Post  Snowcat on Sun Feb 03 2013, 20:21

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LMAO

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Post  Dirt Bike Dave on Sun Feb 03 2013, 20:42

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote: it is slowly turning into triggers brush Smile

Does that make you Trigger then?

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