The swing arm has a sleeve at the pivot,
riding inside needle bearings pressed into both
ends of the swing arm. The sleeve must be
inspected for wear and the needle bearings
must be lubricated periodically for long life and
good handling. Kawasaki uses an endless drive
chain (no master link) on these models for high
strength and reliability. The swing arm must be
removed to remove the drive chain.
(On The Bike)
I. Place the motorcycle on its centerstand.
3. Disconnect the shock absorbers at the
bottom and swing them up out of the way.
Grasp the top of the rear wheel and the
frame and try to rock the wheel back and forth.
I f you feel any m o r e then a very slight
movement of the swing arm and the pivot bolt
is correctly tightened. the swing arm should be
removed and inspected.
,Makc sure any motion you .feel is not
causcd by loose or worn whrel bearings.
See Figure 40.
I. Remove the rear wheel. See Rear Wheel
Rernoval in Chapter Nine.
Pivot shaft nut
Caps (1979); oil seals (1980 and later)
Needle bearings (1979)
Grease fitting (1979)
Chain adjuster stop (2)
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