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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-15-2008, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Frame cleaning and Swingarm questions

So I'm down to the bare frame and swingarm, but for the life of me I can't get the swingarm out. I screwed 5mm bolts into the plug or bushing i guess its called and pulled. It's a no go. Is there a trick I'm missing?

Also, I'm gonna have the frame and swingarm soda blasted to get the paint and rust off of it. Does anyone know for one if I can leave the bearing races in the neck if I tape them off real well? Also, once the swingarm is out, will I need to pull the bearings out too or can I just tape those off?

I'm hoping that some of you out there have had experience doing this before so I don't screw something up. Badly!

I'll post some of the pictures I've been taking as I've been going along either later tonight or tomorrow morning.

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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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IMO, if you just tape off the races, be sure to do a REAL GOOD job cleaning everything out before putting anything back together.

Haven't had the swingarm off, so I can't offer much advice there.

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Hi Chiron

Sounds like fun, in a perverse way, but its worth it when it is all done.

I would take the opportunity to replace any bearings that you find, sod's law is a wonderful thing. (Heard of O'Tooles law, Murphy was an optomist !!!). Only a few $'s to replace, no worries.

I would investigate powder coating the frame, swing arm, any other bits. Wonderful finish, tough and looks really good. Easy to keep clean. When I take the VN apart thats is what she will get and a respray, but the VFR750 comes first in line for the tidy up.

Most all all enjoy the experiance and post some pictures of the work.


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When I first started working on my bike, I was just going to fix the stator (again) and maybe do some cleanup. But I started looking at stuff and didn't feel very confident riding it. So, I figured this is a good time as any. Here are some progress shots everyone.

crap, I can't get images embedded inside the message, which is weird. There are some in the gallery until I can get the pic thing straightened out.

BTW, the lever thing worked like a charm Chris. Don't know why I didn't think of it, but it was a thing of beauty.
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Ok I got tired of screwing around and just threw another copy of the photos up on my server to a public location. Enjoy the progress so far guys!

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I'll make sure to ask the place doing the blasting and coating. But it looks like I'm going to be taping off the races prior to blasting & coating. I plan on using mineral spirits to clean both the races and the bearings then re-packing with grease. We'll see how it turns out though. I'll post some new pictures in the next day or so.

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