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    Swingarm lubing?
    on: June 30, 2023, 12:51:51 am
    June 30, 2023, 12:51:51 am
    Hi Folks,
    I've been wondering about the maintenance and lubing of the swingarm on the XR. I checked and my Mark's guide to service doesn't mention it. Every other bike I've had this was a routine maintenance item. Can't find any mention of it online. What is the story of the swingarm on the XR and need for any lubing?

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    Re: Swingarm lubing?
    Reply #1 on: June 30, 2023, 01:10:34 am
    June 30, 2023, 01:10:34 am
    *Originally Posted by Salish1000 [+]
    Hi Folks,
    I've been wondering about the maintenance and lubing of the swingarm on the XR. I checked and my Mark's guide to service doesn't mention it. Every other bike I've had this was a routine maintenance item. Can't find any mention of it online. What is the story of the swingarm on the XR and need for any lubing?

    Thanks

    I found the link and shock needle bearings to relatively dry of grease when I fitted the Soupy's links...I lubed them using Lithium grease. I didn't have the swingarm out though. Looks a fairly major job with special tooling required to get the torques correct.

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    Re: Swingarm lubing?
    Reply #2 on: June 30, 2023, 01:40:42 am
    June 30, 2023, 01:40:42 am
    Yes, I've removed, cleaned and lubed my shock linkage several times now as it's so easy to do. I'm wondering if Mark didn't include it in his guide because it never needs servicing in the normal life of a bike? It can't be for difficulty because he includes doing the valves, for pete's sake. I wish it were easier for me to ignore things like this, and if people out there with higher mileage XR's have never done it, I should just chill. But bearings to me are too often dirty or dry and I can't keep from wanting to know how our swingarms function.

    On the Moto Guzzi Stelvio forum on ADV this is a major topic of discussion, for example.
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    Re: Swingarm lubing?
    Reply #3 on: June 30, 2023, 10:18:46 pm
    June 30, 2023, 10:18:46 pm
    *Originally Posted by Salish1000 [+]
    Yes, I've removed, cleaned and lubed my shock linkage several times now as it's so easy to do. I'm wondering if Mark didn't include it in his guide because it never needs servicing in the normal life of a bike? It can't be for difficulty because he includes doing the valves, for pete's sake. I wish it were easier for me to ignore things like this, and if people out there with higher mileage XR's have never done it, I should just chill. But bearings to me are too often dirty or dry and I can't keep from wanting to know how our swingarms function.

    On the Moto Guzzi Stelvio forum on ADV this is a major topic of discussion, for example.

    Have never heard of an XR with swingarm bearing issues.....not to say it can't happen though.

    Smithy.
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