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post #1 of 5 Old 04-04-2016, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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CLUNK in Suspension

Since day one there has always been this very minor clunk I feel in the bike when riding it, very soft and subtle but always there.
Over the weekend I put in a new rear shock and while it was all apart went through the dogbone etc on the swingarm.

Some of the issues I encountered were:

One of the nuts was installed so tight it galled onto the bolt and had to be removed with a sawzall..that sucked

The roller bearings are a little dry down there, some grease goes a long way so did that

Nothing was on the bolts (grease, antiseize etc) where they pass through the bushings, great conditions for some corrosion to set in making their removal a real bitch in the future if that happened.

The thunk was/is coming from the forward most bushing I highlighted it in the picture below. If you have your rear wheel off (cant feel it with the wheel on due to the weight) I would recommend you poke your head down there and gently lift on the swingarm. If it is moving you will feel it immediately.

New parts are on order but no idea when they will come in, not going to take it apart until I have them in my hand. If really bad then it is going to the dealer for warranty work, even then I want the parts in my hand so it wont sit there for 6 weeks waiting for something to get in.
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-04-2016, 11:48 AM
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The bolts are stainless steel though of a load bearing alloy more than a pretty one. The will only get corrosion on the surface, not enough to seize. That's why the nut galled. SS likes to do that under high pressure if anti seize is not applied to the threads.

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The bolts are stainless steel though of a load bearing alloy more than a pretty one. The will only get corrosion on the surface, not enough to seize. That's why the nut galled. SS likes to do that under high pressure if anti seize is not applied to the threads.
Yeah that is a well known fact so was very surprised they were all installed dry and whatnot.

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The rear axle is even more likely to gall. The bigger parts get higher pressure. I meant the unthreaded shaft of the bolt gets along okay dry though greasing it won't hurt.

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The rear axle is even more likely to gall. The bigger parts get higher pressure. I meant the unthreaded shaft of the bolt gets along okay dry though greasing it won't hurt.
Agreed, one of the first things I did was antizeize the rear axle, I also replaced the stock bolts with some 12.9 grade since they were all compromised once I got them off. The larger ones took OVER 250lbs of force to remove.
Tight is one thing, that was ridiculous...

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