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MAINTENENCE--CHASSIS
to compression.
When
the compressed shock rod is re-
leased, the spring shou
ld
not
suddenly snap out to full
length
.
It
should extend smoothly with
notable damp-
ing.
When
the shock absorber is operated, there should
be no
oil leakage.
If
either shock absorber
does not
perform all of these operations satisfactorily, or if one
unit feels weaker than the other, replace both shock
absorbers as a set. If only one
unit
is replaced and the
two are not
balanced,
motorcycle instability at high
speeds may result.
Shock
absorber spring force for the 5
different
set-
tings is
shown in the graph.
Rear Shock Absorber Spring Force
240
'--''--'---,---,--~
221 .8
200
I----l----+---+----j
193
1 60
1----1-----11---
-
46.0
-
30.0 0
20
40
60
80
105
Compression (mm)
Bushings
Check
the rubber bushings, and rep lace any that are
worn, cracked,
hardened,
or otherwise
damaged.
SWING ARM
The
motorcycle has a tapered roller
bearing
on each
side of the swing arm
pivot. The
tapered roller
bearing
is characterized by a
high
radial capacity and a thrust
capacity
.
Also
it allows the swing arm to
pivot
smoothly
without any
play
.
Bearing
inspection
eRemove the rear
wheel, both
rear shock absorbers, and
final gear case
.
eMove the swing arm
up and down
to check for
abnor-
mal
friction, and
push
and
pull
it from side
to
side to
check for
bearing
play.
el
f
abnormal friction is felt, the
bearings
are
damaged.
Replace both
left and
right bearings
and grease seals.
eTh
e play developed
during use may
indicate
bearing
damage.
In
this case,
remove
the swing arm and in-
spect the
bearings.
Replace both
left and right
bearings
if one of the
bearings
is
damaged.
Swing arm
lubrication
Grease
the swi ng arm
pivot bearings with
a
molyb-
denum disulfide
chassis assembly grease in accordance
with the frequency given in the
Periodic Maintenance
Chart
(Pg.
10).
eRemove the swing arm, and remove the grease seals
from
both
sides of the
pivot.
eCi
ean out the old grease from the
bearings,
and apply
fresh grease to them.
el
nstall
new
grease seals, and install
the swing arm.
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