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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Wayne, NJ
When I removed the swingarm, my first attempt to pull the pivot shaft out using the 5mm bolt didn't work either, so I tried to gain a little mechanical advantage by putting a hammer against the frame just above the 5mm bolt, and grabbed the bolt with a pair of pliers so that the head of the pliers was resting flat against the hammer. Then I pushed the pliers towards the frame using the hammer for leverage, and the pivot shaft came right out.
I sanded the swingarm down to bare metal by hand and then repainted, so I don't know about leaving the races in. I simply taped them up before I started sanding.
Good luck! Be sure to post pics when you are done.
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