Swingarm pivot bolt torque values ???


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Swingarm pivot bolt torque values ???

Postby PedroTQ » Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:05 pm



G'day to All,

Just going over my 88 GL-1500 that I recently bought and changing all the lubricants etc.

Washed the swingarm bearings, applied new Lithium grease (low on Moly 60) but I am not sure how far to torque the pivot bolts up to ??

Can anyone help me please :D

Regards, Peter.


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Re: Swingarm pivot bolt torque values ???

Postby ct1500 » Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:38 pm

72 ft. lbs on the right side first, then 14 ft. lbs on the left. Lock nut for the left side is 65 ft. lbs.

Make sure the pivot portion of stud engages inside of bearing while installing, I sometimes put a chamfer on outer edge of stud to aid installation. The bearing has to ride on the stud.
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Re: Swingarm pivot bolt torque values ???

Postby PedroTQ » Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:07 pm

Thank you very much "ct1500" for that, I just nipped them up until now, I can do it right.

Best regards, Peter.
#1 - 1975 GL-1000 - showroom
#2 - 1976 GL-1000 - sidecar
#3 - 1978 GL-1000 - parts
#4 - 1975 GL-1000 - parts, but had the sidecar
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#6 - 1988 GL-1500 - Flagship!
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Re: Swingarm pivot bolt torque values ???

Postby billcrawford » Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:21 pm

why such a great difference in right side and left side torque?

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Re: Swingarm pivot bolt torque values ???

Postby ct1500 » Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:22 pm

To set bearing preload only requires one side to set the value. Right side is taken up tight which is why there is no locknut. Left side is then torqued and value setting maintained with locknut.
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Re: Swingarm pivot bolt torque values ???

Postby billcrawford » Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:21 pm

O. Ok thanks. I did not know that. I can understand that on rear wheel axel but swing arm is not conn ected to other side

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Re: Swingarm pivot bolt torque values ???

Postby ct1500 » Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:58 pm

It is connected to the other side via the swingarm tube which holds the bearings. If you tighten left side to 14 lbs the same 14 will be transferred to the right against the pivot stop.

Same principle as head bearings where torque on the top nut is for both upper and lower bearings.

If one side of swingarm did not have a positive centering location within the frame which the right side does, when reassembling it is possible for the swingarm to be out left-right causing a dog tracking situation. Dog tracking on a vehicle is when rear wheels are not in line with fronts.


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