removing the swing arm assy.


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removing the swing arm assy.

Postby retired tech » Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:59 pm



1985 GL1200, manual shows a special tool to torque the left pivot pin lock nut. Cyclemax doesn't show they carry it. has anyone removed the swingarm assy. & reassembled without the special tool to torque left pivot pin lock nut. I need to replace the driveshaft boot, has anyone replaced the boot without pulling the swingarm????? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me in advance.



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Re: removing the swing arm assy.

Postby Rednaxs60 » Fri Sep 23, 2016 4:37 pm

The tool is specialized but a PARK Tool FR-6 from your local bicycle shop will work a treat.

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Re: removing the swing arm assy.

Postby Rusty Bike » Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:14 pm

I bought a 1/2" drive socket from the flea mkt and notched it with a cutting wheel on a side grinder. Used the chrome swing arm cap as a temple for layout. I torqued the center bolt to spec then index marked it to the frame. Next used the homemade tool to torque the castle nut. The center bolt did not move so all is well. Cost me 2 bucks and a few minuets time. I love this stuff!

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Re: removing the swing arm assy.

Postby retired tech » Fri Sep 23, 2016 6:27 pm

Thank-you Rednaxs60, for your help. I wondered if the left pivot pin after being torqued to it's 14 ftlbs. would stay while the locknut was torqued to 72ftlbs.. Now I know it will thanks to you. Last question to you Rednaxs60, have you ever changed the driveshaft boot by just removing the differential & driveshaft, then pushing the u-joint assy back into the driveshaft tube??? I don't know if it's possible without removing the swingarm completely. Again Thank-You Rednaxs60, retired tech out

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Re: removing the swing arm assy.

Postby Rednaxs60 » Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:49 pm

retired tech wrote:Thank-you Rednaxs60, for your help. I wondered if the left pivot pin after being torqued to it's 14 ftlbs. would stay while the locknut was torqued to 72ftlbs.. Now I know it will thanks to you. Last question to you Rednaxs60, have you ever changed the driveshaft boot by just removing the differential & driveshaft, then pushing the u-joint assy back into the driveshaft tube??? I don't know if it's possible without removing the swingarm completely. Again Thank-You Rednaxs60, retired tech out


You should be able to change the boot by dropping the right side of the swing arm, you can leave the left side intact. You will need to remove the rear wheel and FD assembly, then the prop shaft, and slide the u-joint forward into the swing arm. Make sure you orient the new boot properly. It is stamped with an "UP". See Pic:
I also found that you have to move the rear brake light switch out of the way, as well as the clutch hose.

It is easier if the swingarm is out completely, but if you do not need to take it out, you should be able to do it.

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Re: removing the swing arm assy.

Postby retired tech » Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:16 pm

Again thank-you, for your insight into this subject. By the way I think I've found a small pick-up truck 4 wheel drive front spindle socket that may actually work. Have a nice evening, ( not sure what time zone you're in ), so I'll talk to you again I'm sure. Don't worry I won't bug you. Retired Tech

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Re: removing the swing arm assy.

Postby Rednaxs60 » Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:59 pm

Let us now what the spindle socket is. Always nice to know what is out there as a possible option considering a lot of parts are now obsolete.

Victoria, BC is same time zone as yourself.

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